Pryce took Huhne’s speeding points in 2003, but after the MP for Eastleigh left her for his press secretary Carina Trimingham, she hatched a plan to get the story into press.

The former Lib Dem energy sectary, 58, pleaded guilty before his trial last month.

Pryce, who used the archaic defence of spousal coercion when pleading not guilty was forced to face a retrial after the first jury failed to reach a verdict.

The media’s coverage of the incident has been tempered in recent weeks by the human cost of the saga, as texts between Huhne and his son Peter became public following legal proceedings.

Both Huhne and Pryce are likely to serve a maximum of four months.

He will still be eligible to stand for parliament as his sentence was less than a year.