Culture secretary Maria Miller told to apologise to House of Commons and pay back money spent on Wimbledon house

Culture secretary ordered to say sorry and pay back taxpayer's money spent on Wimbledon house

Culture secretary ordered to say sorry and pay back taxpayer's money spent on Wimbledon house

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Maria Miller has been told to apologise for wrongly claiming taxpayers' money for a house in Wimbledon.

The Culture secretary’s home in Woodside has been under intense scrutiny from the Standards Committee, which issued a report into her parliamentary expenses this morning.

The report found the former Merton Conservative, who is now MP for Basingtoke, had designated her main home in good faith and was not motivated by financial gain.

It said: "We have already recommended that Mrs Miller repay the £5,800 which she has identified as an overclaim." 

"She should also apologise by personal statement on the floor of the House for her attitude to the Commissioner’s inquiries."

A statement released by Mrs Miller said: "I've accepted in full the committee's report and I will apologise. I am pleased that the committee has dismissed the allegation against me by a Labour MP.

"Separately I will of course make the required repayment having drawn the committee's attention to this matter. I thank the committee for bringing this matter to an end."


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10:23pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Surreydon says...

So, basically, she got away with it!
So, basically, she got away with it! Surreydon
  • Score: 4

10:56pm Thu 3 Apr 14

chriswp says...

The ballot box may change that at the next election. I'm sure the good voters of Basingstoke will have their say.

Or do I live in hope.
The ballot box may change that at the next election. I'm sure the good voters of Basingstoke will have their say. Or do I live in hope. chriswp
  • Score: 3

11:10pm Thu 3 Apr 14

chriswp says...

Check out the Basingstoke Gazette for the local readership views. Some good views of her actions, or not so good depending on your slant.
Check out the Basingstoke Gazette for the local readership views. Some good views of her actions, or not so good depending on your slant. chriswp
  • Score: 2

7:50pm Sat 5 Apr 14

AlbanThurston says...

Petition to sack this worthless political liability Maria Miller from PM Dave's Cabinet - click on http://www.change.or
g/en-GB/petitions/th
e-government-sack-ma
ria-miller-mp

Why has this bully & cheat Maria Miller not been prosecuted? (A fellow MP has asked the Met to keep digging into her expenses). The sticky paws of this one-time LB Merton Tory councillor on £44,000 of taxpayers money is OK, apparently, if she's an MP. If she'd been a benefits claimant, she'd have been in jail long ago. Wimbledon Tories certain to reap an electoral whirlwind if they defend Miller, a shameless cheat, the bully of an assiduous protector of taxpayers' money.

PM Dave confirms his weakness if he keeps this bully and cheat Maria Miller in his Cabinet.
Petition to sack this worthless political liability Maria Miller from PM Dave's Cabinet - click on http://www.change.or g/en-GB/petitions/th e-government-sack-ma ria-miller-mp Why has this bully & cheat Maria Miller not been prosecuted? (A fellow MP has asked the Met to keep digging into her expenses). The sticky paws of this one-time LB Merton Tory councillor on £44,000 of taxpayers money is OK, apparently, if she's an MP. If she'd been a benefits claimant, she'd have been in jail long ago. Wimbledon Tories certain to reap an electoral whirlwind if they defend Miller, a shameless cheat, the bully of an assiduous protector of taxpayers' money. PM Dave confirms his weakness if he keeps this bully and cheat Maria Miller in his Cabinet. AlbanThurston
  • Score: 1

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