U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said he wanted David Laws, who resigned as chief secretary to the Treasury over his expenses less than three weeks after he was appointed, to return to the coalition government quickly.
“Yes, and soon,” was the prime minister’s three-word response to a question at a lunch for journalists in London today about whether Laws would come back.
Laws, 44, stepped down on May 29 after the Daily Telegraph reported he’d claimed more than 40,000 pounds ($63,000) in expenses for renting a room without revealing that his landlord was also his partner. He referred himself to parliamentary standards commissioner John Lyon and is still under investigation.
The Liberal Democrat lawmaker was a key negotiator in forming a coalition government with Cameron’s Conservatives after the May 6 election and had been charged with finding cuts in public spending to tackle the record budget deficit. He was replaced by Liberal Democrat Danny Alexander.