British minister says quitting government over expenses

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A key minister in the new British coalition government, Chief Treasury Secretary David Laws, said Saturday he was resigning following revelations over his expenses claims.

"I do not see how I can carry out my crucial work on the budget and spending review while I have to deal with the private and public implications of recent allegations," Laws said.

The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported Saturday that Laws, who was effectively number two in the finance ministry, had channelled tens of thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money to his long-time male partner.

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