Maria Miller resigns over expenses row

South Wales Argus: Maria Miller resigns over expenses row Maria Miller resigns over expenses row

Maria Miller has resigned as Culture Secretary, Downing Street said this morning.

In a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, Mrs Miller said the controversy over her expenses ''has become a distraction from the vital work this Government is doing''.

Prime Minister David Cameron said he was ''sad'' at the circumstances of her departure and hoped she could make a return ''in due course'' but was accepting her resignation.

It follows days of mounting public and political pressure on the MP to quit and signs she was losing support among Tory colleagues despite Mr Cameron's backing.

In her resignation letter, the Basingstoke MP told Mr Cameron she was ''very grateful'' for his personal support.

''But it has become clear to me that the present situation has become a distraction from the vital work this Government is doing to turn our country around,'' she added.

She defended her work on press regulation - which allies have suggested has resulted in a media ''witch hunt'' against her.

''Of course, implementing the recommendations made by Lord Justice Leveson on the future of media regulation, following the phone hacking scandals, would always be controversial for the press,'' she wrote.

''Working together with you, I believe we struck the right balance between protecting the freedom of the press and ensuring fairness, particularly for victims of press intrusion, to have a clear right of redress.''

Mr Cameron told her it was ''important to be clear that the Committee on Standards cleared you of the unfounded allegations made against you, a point which has been lost in much of the comment in recent days''.

The standards committee ordered her to repay £5,800 in overclaimed mortgage interest and say sorry on the floor of the House - an apology which has been widely criticised for its tone and brevity.

''As you leave the Government, you should be proud of your service on the Frontbench and in Opposition,'' Mr Cameron said - including steering through gay marriage and press regulation.

''I am personally very grateful for the support you have always given me, and which I am sure that you will continue to give.

''I hope that you will be able to return to serving the Government on the Frontbench in due course, and am only sad that you are leaving the Government in these circumstances.''

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8:40am Wed 9 Apr 14

Woodgnome says...

Not before time.
Not before time. Woodgnome
  • Score: 6

9:05am Wed 9 Apr 14

Sally121 says...

Another article that is not 'local' news. Anything for a headline. Why not rename it the 'Argus' and omit 'South Wales'.
Another article that is not 'local' news. Anything for a headline. Why not rename it the 'Argus' and omit 'South Wales'. Sally121
  • Score: 1

9:19am Wed 9 Apr 14

BobEvams2014 says...

A report has been published indicating than when Tories and UKIP MP's amd MEP's make these sad errors of judgement they are fine, honurable, decent , hardworking people hounded by the bias left wing media for making an honest error.

When Labour MP's and MEP's make such an error the report indicates they are theiving scumbags who deserve locking up.
A report has been published indicating than when Tories and UKIP MP's amd MEP's make these sad errors of judgement they are fine, honurable, decent , hardworking people hounded by the bias left wing media for making an honest error. When Labour MP's and MEP's make such an error the report indicates they are theiving scumbags who deserve locking up. BobEvams2014
  • Score: 4

9:29am Wed 9 Apr 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Sally121 wrote:
Another article that is not 'local' news. Anything for a headline. Why not rename it the 'Argus' and omit 'South Wales'.
You know, I noticed that too. It wasn't too long ago I was having a small debate with the editor over his coverage of the NATO summit and was told that this paper didn't report on wider issues because they only reported local news.

Seen a lot of articles recently, Kevin that aren't 'local news'.
[quote][p][bold]Sally121[/bold] wrote: Another article that is not 'local' news. Anything for a headline. Why not rename it the 'Argus' and omit 'South Wales'.[/p][/quote]You know, I noticed that too. It wasn't too long ago I was having a small debate with the editor over his coverage of the NATO summit and was told that this paper didn't report on wider issues because they only reported local news. Seen a lot of articles recently, Kevin that aren't 'local news'. GardenVarietyMushroom
  • Score: 2

9:30am Wed 9 Apr 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Oh, and Maria Miller? Who cares... one Tory down, still a few to go....
Oh, and Maria Miller? Who cares... one Tory down, still a few to go.... GardenVarietyMushroom
  • Score: 4

9:32am Wed 9 Apr 14

b3talover says...

Good! If a member of the public committed £5,800 worth of benefits fraud they would get 3 months in prison. If an MP commits £5,800 worth of fraud, they get to apologise to their colleagues in Parliament and offered a way out via resignation. We are all in it together... "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."
Good! If a member of the public committed £5,800 worth of benefits fraud they would get 3 months in prison. If an MP commits £5,800 worth of fraud, they get to apologise to their colleagues in Parliament and offered a way out via resignation. We are all in it together... "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." b3talover
  • Score: 8

9:45am Wed 9 Apr 14

tking says...

oh, for a left wing media, thank goodness for the "Morning Star".
oh, for a left wing media, thank goodness for the "Morning Star". tking
  • Score: -2

10:58am Wed 9 Apr 14

Howie' says...

Gone but not forgotten.

If your on benefits your not allowed a spare bedroom, if your a Tory Cabinet Secretary you can have a spare house.
Gone but not forgotten. If your on benefits your not allowed a spare bedroom, if your a Tory Cabinet Secretary you can have a spare house. Howie'
  • Score: 5

11:23am Wed 9 Apr 14

jimmysmith says...

yet another menber of parliament thief getting away scot free and actually be praised by that snake cameron and at the same time the less well of are being punished by even more benefit cuts and labelled scroungers etc by this government and some poor mother with young kids struggling to bring em up on pennies do a days work cash in hand and theyre facing jail .this woman should be jailed for this fraud .pure scum the lot of them
yet another menber of parliament thief getting away scot free and actually be praised by that snake cameron and at the same time the less well of are being punished by even more benefit cuts and labelled scroungers etc by this government and some poor mother with young kids struggling to bring em up on pennies do a days work cash in hand and theyre facing jail .this woman should be jailed for this fraud .pure scum the lot of them jimmysmith
  • Score: 6

11:58am Thu 10 Apr 14

welshmen says...

GOOD now find the rest, they are still at it....
GOOD now find the rest, they are still at it.... welshmen
  • Score: 1

5:42pm Thu 10 Apr 14

jimmysmith says...

welshmen wrote:
GOOD now find the rest, they are still at it....
theyre all at it welshmen thats why if you notice they never ever condemn each other nor call for punishment to the thieves when they are caught .i see that warsi is back in the fold now same as this one will be before long
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: GOOD now find the rest, they are still at it....[/p][/quote]theyre all at it welshmen thats why if you notice they never ever condemn each other nor call for punishment to the thieves when they are caught .i see that warsi is back in the fold now same as this one will be before long jimmysmith
  • Score: 0

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