UK Treasury minister resigns amid expenses scandal

May 29, 2010 5:31:50 PM PDT
Britain's Treasury minister has resigned after admitting he claimed tens of thousands of pounds (dollars) from taxpayers to rent rooms in homes owned by his partner.

David Laws resigned as Chief Treasury Secretary on Saturday and will be replaced by fellow Liberal Democrat Danny Alexander.

Laws apologized Friday for channeling the funds to his long-term partner, James Lundie. He said he would immediately pay back the money, which the Daily Telegraph newspaper said totaled 40,000 pounds ($57,822).

Parliamentary rules banned lawmakers from leasing accommodation from spouses, family members or a "partner" since 2006.

Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to crack down on politicians' abuse of expenses.


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