Today, David Laws stepped down as the Chief Secretary to the Treasury of the United Kingdom. He was the highest ranking Liberal Democrat in the Treasury and served in many ways acted as the deputy to the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The issue that precipitated this departure from his post was the revelation that he had spent £40,000 leasing an apartment from his lover as a personal expense as an MP, making this an echo of the expenses scandal that rocked Parliament in 2008. Courtesy of ITN, here is Laws’ resignation speech:
There are some indications from Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats, that Laws reoccupy the post after review by the Parliamentary Commission for Standards to which he refered himself after this issue came to light.