U.K. Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Laws apologized for claiming expenses to share a home with his male partner, saying he will repay the money and refer himself to the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner.
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said he wanted David Laws , who resigned as chief secretary to the Treasury over his expenses less than three weeks after he was appointed, to return to the coalition government quickly.
U.K. Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Laws resigned from his position after a newspaper reported he’d claimed more than 40,000 pounds ($58,000) in expenses for renting a room from his long-term partner.
Leaders of the U.K.’s three-week-old coalition government sought to limit political damage from their first crisis and preserve their deficit-cutting plans after Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Laws resigned over revelations about his parliamentary expenses.
U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said he wants former Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Laws back in government as their fellow Liberal Democrat, Energy Secretary Chris Huhne, prepared to learn whether he’ll be prosecuted for allegedly lying about a speeding ticket.
David Laws, a Liberal Democrat lawmaker who resigned as a Treasury minister in May 2010 over his expenses, will return to the U.K. government when Prime Minister David Cameron reorganizes his ministerial team after the summer break, a person familiar with the matter said.
Liberal Democrat lawmakers demanded more details from David Cameron ’s Conservatives on their proposed alliance’s policies on a voting-system overhaul and taxation, as the parties struggled to form a government after the U.K.’s inconclusive May 6 election.