"Huhne is remarkable, he appeared to be a nerveless vicar, one of those people who was never burdened by self-doubt and who could take on all-comers," Gove said.
"Now people will remember him only for the fall; from having been a few places away from being deputy prime minister to suddenly being in Brixton nick."
The by-election is the first time the two coalition parties have gone head-to-head in a contest since coming to a power sharing agreement in 2010.
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