David Laws Facing Another Police Probe Over Expenses

AN EX-MINISTER who paid his secret gay lover rent using taxpayers’ money faces suspension from the Commons.

Sleaze watchdog the Standards and Privileges Committee has found Lib Dem MP David Laws broke up to SIX Commons’ rules.

In a report published tomorrow, Mr Laws, 45, faces being rapped for breaking regulations on claims for a second home and statements made to the Commons authorities.

The breaches could mean the committee recommends his suspension from the House and the police reopen their investigation.

A damning verdict from Parliamentary Standards Commissioner John Lyon would make it almost impossible for PM David Cameron to bring Laws back into Government.

Mr Laws quit as Chief Secretary to the Treasury last May following revelations he had claimed more than £40,000 of taxpayers’ money to rent a room in a house belonging to his secret gay lover, Jamie Lundie. MPs are banned from making claims for renting from partners.

Mr Laws hopes the committee will accept he broke rules to protect his privacy, not for personal gain. He said even his family did not know about his relationship with Mr Lundie.

The Mirror revealed yesterday that detectives were called in to investigate his expenses claims but Scotland Yard decided there were no grounds for a prosecution. But that was without seeing all of Mr Lyon’s evidence.


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