Will Laws be back this year?

Will Laws be back this year?

Suddenly the man who was Chief Secretary to the Treasury for 18 days, David Laws is back in the news again. Earlier in the week he gave evidence before a commons committee on the formation of the coalition and at the end of the month a book with his account of the negotiations will be published.

But what are the chances of him becoming a minister again? Political Smarkets have a market up with options of “during 2010”; the first half of 2011; the second half; or “After 2011, or not at all”.

What’s hard about this bet is knowing when the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner will complete his look at Laws’s expense claims.

If a report comes out which is not too critical then you could envisage a return at some stage. But will that happen before the end of the year?

Mike Smithson

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