Clegg backs Huhne return
Former energy secretary Chris Huhne could return to the Cabinet if he is cleared of asking his wife to take speeding points on his behalf, Nick Clegg has said.
Asked at a press gallery lunch this afternoon whether he would like to see a return to government for Mr Huhne, the Lib Dem leader replied: “Yeah I would like to see Chris [back]... I want to see him at the top table of British politics.”
Mr Clegg confirmed he meant a return to the Cabinet.
Recent media reports have suggested the Lib Dem MP is confident that the case against him will be dropped.
Mr Clegg also said that he will “certainly be leading the party in 2015”, but added that the continuing austerity would make the next election tough.
"It is not going to be this sort of frothy, happy go lucky environment in the May 2015 general election,” he said. "The country is going through a very difficult, painful period of adjustment. I think it will be quite a sombre quite gritty, quite realistic weighing up of options amongst the electorate."