David Laws has been found guilty of six breaches of expenses rules by Commissioner for Standards. He can breath a sigh of relief that the case was shown to the coppers who did not decide to prosecute, but it’s not looking good with Parliament.
Nicholas Cecil at the Standard has more details:
“The suggestion is there were six breaches.They are understood to include breaking regulations on claims for a second home, statements made to the Commons authorities, renting property from a partner and other issues.”
That Cabinet return is looking bleak. Developing…
UPDATE: The Standards and Privaleges Committee is meeting right about now and will report back later in the week. For comparison Jacqui Smith did not get suspended, did not have to pay the money back and merely had to apologise to the House when she fiddled over £100,000.