UK minister Chris Huhne quits over criminal charge

Chris Huhne is Britain`s energy and climate change officer.

London: Britain`s energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne says he has quit the UK government after being charged with attempting to dodge a speeding penalty.

Huhne said Friday the decision to charge him with an offense of perverting the course of justice was "deeply regrettable.``

"I am innocent of these charges and I intend to fight this in the courts and I am confident a jury will agree,`` Huhne said.

Huhne is alleged to have persuaded his now ex-wife, economist Vicky Pryce, to accept a speeding penalty on his behalf in 2003, to escape a driving ban.

Pryce also faces a charge of perverting the course of justice.

Prime Minister David Cameron`s office did not immediately say who would replace Huhne.

Bureau Report

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