Guardian: "Huhne and police clash"

by Stephen Tall on December 14, 2007

Actually not quite as exciting as the paper’s teasing headline suggests (they didn’t come to blows):

Earlier this month Huhne, the Liberal Democrat leadership candidate, asked the Durham force to look into how the Labour supporter won planning permission for a business park off the A1 at Bowburn, County Durham.

Today he claimed today that a police investigation into the affair was still ongoing. Durham police emphatically deny this, saying that “there is definitely no police investigation”. …

It is understood that Durham’s head of CID, Detective Chief Inspector Ian Scott gave Huhne a “flea in his ear” last night for issuing an unhelpful statement. … Huhne’s office is still distributing the statement claiming that the police are continuing to investigate the matter – much to the annoyance of the force.

Huhne’s statement also says Scott has “detailed police crews to talk to the Highways Agency whose reversal of a decision to block the business park was crucial, and also the decision to accelerate the business park taken by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister now the Department of Communities and Local Government.”

A spokesman for the force insisted this afternoon: “There is definitely no police investigation.”