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Chris Huhne Apologises After Being Jailed For Speeding Points Transfer

11/03/2013 17:53 GMT | Updated 11/03/2013 19:16 GMT

Chris Huhne apologised to friends and family for his conduct as he faced up to a jail term.

In an interview conducted hours before he was handed an eight-month prison sentence, the former Cabinet Minister told The Guardian he felt "awful" for having dragged people through the ordeal.

He said: "I am sorry. I want to say that to family, to friends, to constituents and to colleagues, and more broadly to everybody who cares passionately about the causes I care about, including saving the planet for our children and our grandchildren."

Huhne insisted he was not a bully after his ex-wife, Vicky Pryce, argued she had been coerced into taking his speeding points.

And, asked why he had done it, he added: "It is just too easy to rationalise, at the beginning. You think this is just a ridiculously small misjudgment to destroy your career, and you just hope that something will turn up to stop the consequences, and it does not."

In another interview with Channel 4 News, Huhne admitted he had inflicted "a lot of hurt on my family and my ex-wife".