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?