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UK MP Suspended over Expenses Breach

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TEHRAN, May 14 (ICANA) – Liberal Democrat MP David Laws will be suspended from House of Commons for seven days as he has breached the rules on MP's expenses to keep his homosexuality a secret.
Saturday, May 14, 2011 12:00:05 PM
UK MP Suspended over Expenses Breach

David Laws, who is a close ally of Deputy PM Nick Clegg, resigned as Chief Secretary to the Treasury last year just days after the coalition was formed, following claims that he had spent tens of thousands of pounds in taxpayers' money in order to pay rent to his boyfriend.

According to the expenses rules introduced in 2006, the parliament members have been banned from claiming for paying rent to relatives and partners.

In a statement, the Lib Dem MP said he took "full responsibility for the mistakes which I have made. I apologise to my constituents and to Parliament."

"Each of us should be our own sternest critic, and I recognise that my attempts to keep my personal life private were in conflict with my duty as an MP to ensure that my claims were in every sense above reproach.

"I should have resolved this dilemma in the public interest and not in the interests of my privacy," the statement read.

He also said that he had hidden his relationship with his boyfriend Jamie Lundie to keep his homosexuality as a top secret and he had not personally benefited financially.

In a 280-page report by the Standards and Privileges committee into claims of David Laws, the commissioner said: "Whatever his motives and subsequent behaviour, Mr Laws was guilty of a series of serious breaches of the rules over a considerable period of time. Mr Laws should also apologise to the House by way of a personal statement.”

David Laws' suspension will start on June 7. And he is to make a statement to the house of commons on Thursday.

This is while that the Deputy PM Nick Clegg has remained keen to bring David Laws back to the front bench.

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