Chris Huhne lands £100k a year job at US energy firm. And why not?

by Stephen Tall on August 11, 2013

huhne_harris_floodsThe Independent reports the story of Chris Huhne’s new role:

Disgraced former MP Chris Huhne has been hired as the manager of an energy firm just months after being released from prison. The Government’s ex-energy and climate change cabinet secretary has been working as the European manager of Zilkha Biomass Energy since July, according to the company’s website.

He was jailed in March for eight months along with his ex-wife Vicki Pryce for swapping speeding penalty points so he could avoid a driving ban, but the pair were released in May. The sustainable energy company says on its website that Mr Huhne is tasked with “the remit of growing the business in the European Union”. His new role is reported to be earning him £100,000 a year, the Sun said.

Mr Huhne resigned from the Cabinet when he was charged with perverting the course of justice, and later quit as a Liberal Democrat MP and privy councillor. The point-swapping, which dated back a decade, emerged only when Ms Pryce approached newspapers after Mr Huhne left her for another woman. He has kept a low profile since leaving jail.

I find it hard to get myself worked up about this, despite the inevitable row about the so-called revolving door between Whitehall and business. Assuming he’s following the usual code of conduct to ensure there is no tricky business, then it seems the ideal role for him. It combines the passion and knowledge of an industry he knew long before his cabinet role with his experience of how to get things done in the European Union. You can read his biography at Zilkha’s website here.

As he’s no longer an MP he has to make a new living for himself. Why not doing this? He’s done hubris and nemesis. Perhaps now he’ll find catharsis.

* Stephen Tall is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, a Research Associate for the liberal think-tank CentreForum, and also writes at his own site, The Collected Stephen Tall.