DISGRACED MP Chris Huhne pressured his ex-wife into having an abortion because it was "bad timing", she told a court.
Vicky Pryce said she fell pregnant in 1990 while married to the former energy secretary, but he encouraged her to terminate the pregnancy. Pryce is giving evidence at Southwark Crown Court, in London, where she denies perverting the course of justice by accepting Huhne's speeding points in 2003.
Breaking down in tears, the mother of five said there were lots of things about her former husband that she could ignore, but one incident stuck out.
"That particular incident is one where I got accidentally pregnant and obviously wanted to keep the baby because it was healthy - in fact, I quite like babies, that's why I have so many.
"He absolutely resisted it, saying it was bad timing, bad financially, bad for his career to be tied down again. And despite my protestations, he got me to have an abortion, which I have regretted ever since."
Athens-born Pryce said she met Huhne in 1982, a year after her first marriage ended, and, despite her having "second thoughts" and breaking off their engagement, they married a year later.
At that time he was a journalist at the Guardian, she said, with aspirations in politics. Pryce already had two children from her first marriage and went on to have three more with Huhne.
She described how she was "against" him becoming an MEP because of the effect it would have on their home life and told the court on Thursday that she had to change her working life to fit in with looking after her family.