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Meet the man who opened Labour's famous "there is no money" letter

The famous letter left by the outgoing chief secretary to the Treasury, which claimed "there is no money", could now end up in the National Archives.

In a new book, David Laws, the former Lib Dem MP for Yeovil, describes receiving the letter from his Labour predecessor Liam Byrne after the 2010 election.

It has been widely quoted ever since, but Mr Laws has kept the original and only shown it once - to ITV.

Mr Byrne has said he regrets leaving this note in the Treasury. Credit: ITV News
Credit: ITV News

Mr Laws told our political correspondent, Bob Constantine, that he may leave it to the Treasury in his will.

Lots of people seem to want it. The National Archives said it was a historic document.

– David Laws

Join us on ITV News West Country tonight at 6 for the full interview with David Laws, as he talks coalition, expenses rows, and the 2015 election wipeout.

Tories meet to pick a rival for Yeovil MP David Laws

The Tories hope to come up with a rival candidate to contest David Laws' Yeovil seat Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The Conservative candidate to contest Yeovil at the next general election will be chosen at a meeting in the town tonight. A so-called 'open primary', which all voters can attend, will select the person to challenge Lib Dem MP David Laws, who has a majority of more than 13,000.


Exclusive video of infamous Treasury memo

One of the famous handover notes in political history - bearing the phrase "I'm afraid there is no money" - which was given to Yeovil MP David Laws at the start of the new Coalition Government will be shown for the first time on ITV News West Country tonight.

That note has never before been seen in public but today Mr Laws, the former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, showed it exclusively to our political correspondent Bob Constantine.

For the whole story tune in at 6pm tonight on ITV.

Yeovil MP reacts to Chief Constable standing down

I am very sad to hear that Colin Port is standing down as Chief Constable of Avon & Somerset Constabulary. Colin has been an outstanding Chief Constable over the last seven years and we will not find it easy to replace him with a person of such professionalism, integrity and quality of performance.

The new Police and Crime Commissioners will need to work hard to make sure they retain senior officers of high quality so that we don’t lose some of the top performers within our police service.

– David Laws MP, Yeovil

David Laws MP tipped to return to cabinet

Liberal Democrat MP David Laws Credit: PA Wire/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Yeovil MP David Laws is expected to find out today if he'll return to the cabinet.

The Liberal Democrat was forced to resign over expenses having serving just two weeks in the new coalition government. He's expected to return to a senior position when the Prime Minister announces his reshuffle later.