Detectives at Essex Police believe they have secured enough evidence for the Crown Prosecution Service to charge Mr Huhne with speeding and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
A file sent to the CPS is reported to say that Vicky Pryce, Mr Huhne’s wife of 26 years whom he left in 2005, should be charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice after allegations that she accepted penalty points on her licence after Mr Huhne was caught by a speed camera while driving on the M11.
The decision over whether to bring charges now rests with lawyers at the CPS, who have asked the police to continue their inquiry.
It is alleged that in 2003 Mr Huhne asked his wife to accept speeding points on his behalf after being caught by a speed camera while travelling home from Stansted Airport after a flight from Strasbourg.
Essex Police have twice interviewed both Mr Huhne and Ms Pryce. They have obtained a production order requiring The Sunday Times to hand over emails between Ms Pryce and the newspaper. The order has been challenged in the High Court, and the CPS is understood to insist they cannot bring charges until that material is released.