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.