British Treasury Chief Secretary David Laws is stepping down amid controversy over many parliament members’ expensing of curious charges to taxpayers. It was discovered that Laws expensed £950 a month (about $1,375) for eight years for rent at two London properties; the properties belonged to Laws’ partner, James Lundie, a lobbyist. Laws’ sexual orientation had not been made public previously. Members of parliament have been banned since 2006 from “leasing accommodation from a partner.” Laws issued a full apology and promised to repay the cash. He will be succeeded by Liberal Democrat Scottish Secretary Danny Alexander.
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