The father of Somerset MP David Laws has spoken of his embarrassment at his son’s exit from the Cabinet and his shock at his subsequent return to Government.
Tony Laws, who has not spoken to his son for 15 years, also said the newly-appointed Education Minister was lucky to avoid jail after he admitted wrongly claiming more than £50,000 in expenses.
The MP for Yeovil resigned in 2010 as Chief Secretary to the Treasury after only 17 days, making history as the shortest-serving Cabinet minister in modern times.
The 46-year-old began his front-bench rehabilitation last month when the Prime Minister recalled him in a ministerial reshuffle.
The Daily Mail said his father Tony Laws, a retired City banker who lives in Axminster, East Devon, contacted the paper last week.
He said: “I was embarrassed my son had been caught taking money he was not entitled to. I think David was damn lucky further action wasn’t taken against him, as I know some MPs went to prison.”
On his son’s return to government, he added: “I’m pleased for him, but I think he has gone back too soon.”
He said he had no problem with his son’s sexuality, adding: “There was no row, no major fallout, I just think David lost interest in me as his dad. We haven’t spoken for the best part of 15 years – even though he lives only eight miles away.”
The MP did not wish to comment on his father’s views of the situation.