I Won't Visit My Friend Huhne In Jail - Clegg
Thursday 14th March 2013
The Deputy Prime Minister has admitted that he won't be visiting his friend Chris Huhne in prison.
Speaking on Call Clegg on LBC 97.3, Nick Clegg expresssed his sadness at the jailing of former cabinet minister Chris Huhne but says he won't be paying a visit to HMP Wandsworth.
Mr Huhne has been locked up along with his ex-wife Vicky Pryce after she took his speeding points for him.
During his weekly phone in on LBC 97.3, Nick Clegg says the sentence is right, but he will keep in contact with the former Liberal Democrat MP.
He said: "I do have mixed emotions and I feel very sad for his whole family. Whatever he's done, he still remains someone I've known for many years and a friend. I'm not going to say that because he's done something wrong and he's serving his time thatthat's not the case. That is the case.
"First you think they've got to serve their time for what they've done wrong.
"But on the other hand, I'm not going to airbrush out that Chris is someone I've known for many years, who is a friend, who is a close colleague and I feel incredibly sad for his whole family, because his whole family has been engulfed by this.
“I don’t think Chris would expect me to visit him in prison but I will see Chris once he… I haven’t written to him. We’ve been in touch. The last time we were in touch was around the time of the Eastleigh by-election but of course I will keep in touch with Chris once he has served his sentence."
"You can be clear [that] someone’s done something wrong and has to pay the consequences, but equally acknowledge that you can still keep in touch with them as a human being, as a friend."