+++ David Laws resigns, Danny Alexander takes over as Chief Secretary

by Stephen Tall on May 29, 2010

The BBC reports:

Liberal Democrat David Laws has resigned as Chief Secretary to the Treasury after admitting he claimed expenses to pay rent to his partner.

Mr Laws said he would be standing down with immediate effect in a statement given at the Treasury.

He had earlier apologised and said he would pay back the money which the Daily Telegraph said totalled £40,000.

The Yeovil MP said he wanted to keep his relationship with James Lundie private.

Mr Laws said he had informed both David Cameron and Nick Clegg, but it had been “his decision alone”.

Explaining his decision, he said: “I do not see how I can carry out my crucial work on the Budget and spending review while I have to deal with the private and public implications of recent revelations.”

Mr Laws added that for too long he had put his political interests before the people he cared for.

Lib Dem Scottish Secretary Danny Alexander will take over the post, Downing Street has announced.