Britain’s new coalition government is facing its first setback over a expenses row.
David Laws, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has been forced to apologise and resign for claiming thousands of euros for rent rooms in properties owned in south London by his long-term partner.
The Liberal Democrat MP says he will pay back the money, around 50,000 euros.
Laws also stresses his motive was not profit but to keep his nine-year gay relationship private.
The affair comes a year after the Daily Telegraph newspaper uncovered a parliamentary expenses scandal involving members from all parties.
Several MPs still face criminal inquiries and the Commons speaker, Micheal Martin resigned last year over his handling of the issue.
Ironically, Laws is responsible for introducing austerity measures to tackle Britain’s burgeoning budget deficit, a process that includes cutting down on ministerial perks.