England's gay Treasury chief spent over 40k pounds on lover's apartments

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London, May 29 (ANI): England's gay Treasury Chief Secretary, David Laws, has landed himself in a mess after it was discovered that he had been claiming up to 950 pounds a month as rent for his lover's properties since 2006.

Laws has apologised for his indulgences, which may be in violation of parliamentary rules governing MP's second home expenses.

"I regret this situation deeply, accept that I should not have claimed my expenses in this way and apologise fully," the Daily Telegraph quoted Laws, as saying.

Laws will have a lot of explaining to do regarding his own lack of parsimony after being responsible for framing new rules on lawmaker expenses.

The Daily Telegraph's Expenses Files show that between 2004 and 2007, Mr Laws claimed between 700 pounds and 950 pounds a month to sub-let a room in a flat in Kennington, south London.

It emerged that the owner of the flat was the MP's landlord cum lover, James Lundie.

He sold the flat for a profit of 193,000 pounds in 2007.

In 2007, Laws's partner then bought another house nearby for 510,000 pounds, the report said.

After this development, Laws started drawing 920 pounds a month as claims for renting "a second bedroom".

Meanwhile, the revelation has also resulted in the 'outing' of Laws' thus far unknown sexual orientation.

Laws has maintained that his ties with Lundie cannot be compared to those who are actual spouses or civil partners. (ANI)

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