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I KNOW VICKY'S AGONY; Margaret Cook backs Huhne's ex-wife.

Byline: Mark Aitken

The ex-wife of the late Foreign Secretary Robin Cook has backed Vicky Pryce for going public about her marriage breakdown.

Margaret Cook said Chris Huhne's wife had a duty to expose the way some politicians behave.

The decision to talk to a newspaper backfired for Pryce after she was convicted of perverting the course of justice for taking her husband's speeding points.

Margaret said: "Pryce has every right to talk frankly about the things that happened in her marriage, perhaps even a duty to do so, in order that we can see how ambitious politicial figures behave.

"But she is not getting a lot of sympathy at the moment and I fear the result of her trial reflects all the unjustness of that prejudice against the discarded wife."

Margaret - who left Robin after he had an affair with his secretary Gaynor Regan - said she believed the public had turned on 60-year-old Pryce and even claimed prejudice against her may have helped cause the guilty verdict.

She added: "Pryce has not done herself any favours by being explicit in seeking to 'nail' her husband.

"This is a misogynist male world's worst nightmare, the 'hell hath no fury' vision.

"It is a terrible label to apply to a grieving deserted wife, and yet goes along with the brutal tendency to demonise such women and imply that being deserted was all their own fault."

Pryce's ex, meanwhile, has boasted he will be "out in six weeks" if he is jailed for perverting the course of justice.

Pals said disgraced Lib Dem Huhne is "laid-back and in good spirits" ahead of tomorrow's sentencing at London's Southwark Crown Court. Last month Huhne - who left Pryce for his PR adviser Carina Trimingham - pleaded guilty to the crime.

A source close to Huhne: "Chris is amazingly chipper. He thinks it will all blow over and if he goes to prison he will be out in no time. He's talking of being out in six weeks."

Despite the threat of a life term for the offence, the average sentence for perverting the course of justice is 10 months. Another friend said: "Whether he is in denial, or being arrogant, I don't know.

"He says he will probably be out sooner than we think.

In yet another twist, it has emerged Huhne could get less jail time than Pryce, because she pleaded not guilty.

It is thought they will be sentenced to at least six months but that Huhne will be given a discount for his guilty plea.

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