“David Laws, MP for Yeovil, said yesterday that schools would be punished if they used the extra funding they receive for disadvantaged pupils inappropriately. Could this really be the same man who resigned in 2010 after just 17 days as a cabinet minister, following reports he had claimed about £40,000 to pay rent to his partner, the lobbyist James Lundie? Such payments have been against parliamentary rules since 2006. The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards report said - I consider that Mr Laws' breaches of the rules in respect of his second home claims were serious. I have no evidence that Mr Laws made his claims with the intention of benefiting himself or his partner in conscious breach of the rules. But the sums of money involved were substantial. He made a series of breaches. Some of them continued over a number of years and despite specific and clear changes made to the Green Book...............”
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