Laws Is Guilty of Six Breaches of Commons Rules, Says Watchdog

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Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent

FORMER Cabinet high flyer David Laws has been found guilty of multiple breaches of Commons rules by Parliament's antisleaze watchdog.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, John Lyon, is believed to have found six breaches of the regulations, the Standard has discovered. The report is said to be "pretty bleak" for Mr Laws and is expected to severely damage any hope of a swift return to Cabinet.

Last May, Liberal Democrat Mr Laws, 45, resigned from his post as Chief Secretary to the Treasury after it was reported that he used tens of thousands of pounds of taxpayer's money to rent accommodation from his secret gay lover, James Lundie. He had been in the job only 17 days.

The breaches are understood to relate to his claims for a second home, statements made to Commons authorities, renting property from a partner, and the nature of the claims.

His fate rests with the Commons standards and privileges committee, which was to discuss his case today. …