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There’ll be no promotion for Maria Miller after her short, bitter apology

3 April 2014

12:45 PM

3 April 2014

12:45 PM

Maria Miller’s apology today to the House of Commons over her attitude to the investigation into her expenses was short, 32 seconds. But it was not sweet. Rather, it was bitter.

‘I wish to make a personal statement in relation to today’s report. The report resulted from an allegation made by the member for Bassetlaw. The committee has dismissed his allegation. The committee has recommended that I apologise to the House for my attitude to the Commissioner’s inquiries, and I of course unreservedly apologise. I fully accept the recommendations of the Committee, and thank them for bringing this matter to an end.’

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Miller’s tone and demeanour suggested that she thought she had little to apologise for. It was an apology as grudging as her cooperation with the investigation.

The presence of the Chief Whip to the side of her and another whip on the other side shows that Miller is certainly safe for now. With Downing Street offering full support, there’s no chance of Miller going today. But she has been damaged by this episode and I would be surprised if she rose further than the post of Culture Secretary. Indeed, there’ll be plenty of voices urging Cameron to drop her or demote her in the reshuffle. The Tories desperately need more strong female media performers in the Cabinet and Miller isn’t currently cutting the mustard as that. ​


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  • citizen69glum

    Just what sort of ‘culture’ is she minister of ? The culture of fiddling cheating lying and threatening from the hallowed halls of Wasteminster I suppose.

    Dont be fooled by the thoroughly massaged figure of 5800 either. It was over 45 grand in the real world, but just like the jobless figures, it was massively massaged by her MP mates.

  • Jackthesmilingblack

    Brings a new meaning to “fringe benefit”.

  • David Booth.

    If the Government need people like this pilferer of public money then they are in a worse situation than I thought.

  • Epimenides

    I understand a Labour MP has asked the police to investigate. The Commissioner for Standards (or whatever it / he / she is called) told her, “Guilty as charged” and instructed her to repay £45k. Then the clowns in the Commons overrule.
    No wonder the public are sick of politicians. Most of them represent themselves and no one else. Most of them are parasites.
    I hope the cops get involved but after the Mitchell affair, and other matters where, allegedly, false evidence has been presented and are still under investigation, they probably want to do a Pontius Pilate on this.

  • Frank

    Miller says that the press cannot self-regulate but she has just been saved by a committee of MPs over-ruling the H of C’s regulatory body (who, inter alia, said that Miller should pay back far more than £5.8K).
    This is a travesty and Miller must be sacked as an MP (as should the MPs on the Committee who over-ruled the regulatory body).

  • Smithersjones2013

    Same old Cameron, sanctimonious moral posturing when it is his opponents whose malfeasance is at issue but when it is his supporters he does nothing. Typical low life hypocrite…….

    Miller should be sacked!

  • Frank

    She should be sacked as an MP. She gamed the system, claiming the Basingstoke bungalow was her main residence (even though all the evidence showed that her London house was the family home) and then over-claimed interest. She was bolshie with the investigation, whilst threatening the journalist asking questions about this matter with action by her Department of State against the journalist’s newspaper. In no other sphere of life in England would she be able to simply apologise, pay a small fine and walk away with her capital gain from selling her London home.

  • saffrin

    With the number of crooks in today’s Houses of Parliament how could we ever think one of their own would be sanctioned?

  • swatnan

    She’s just your average Tory woman, nothing spectacular, just doing a job, and not nasty and arrogant like many who get Office. And not really a careerist. Added to which she had to care for 2 elderly disabled parents which must have taxed her mightily and been a constant worry.
    Maybe thats why she got off lightly.

    • SilentHunter

      Maria! . . . Is that you! lol ;o)

  • kyalami

    If I “over claimed” thousands of pounds in expenses in business I would be fired.

    • HookesLaw

      If you made a mistake and were fired you could sue for wrongful dismissal. You simply ignore the context of the mistake.

      • kyalami

        There is no credible context when the amount is this large.

        • HookesLaw

          6000 over 2 years on payments of 90000. You jump to whatever conclusions you like. You are clearly dancing to the tune of the Spectator’s nasty little report.

          The committee cleared her of Labour’s partisan accusations.

          • kyalami

            The alternative explanation is that she made a mistake. To make this big a mistake, she would have to be extraordinarily stupid. I’ve met her. She is NOT extraordinarily stupid.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            Yes, the Camerluvvies are fortunate to have a lickspittle like you around.

          • Jimble

            So, she housed her parents in a home that she treated like a primary domicile, but declared it to be a secondary home so she could have it funded by the tax-payer. She overcharged the tax-payer on interest and then sold it for a tidy profit. Just for good measure she tried to avoid parliamentary questioning on it.

            And you don’t think she has anything to answer for? You and I live in different worlds.

          • SilentHunter

            I assume you haven’t read her “Expenses Timeline” in the Telegraph then?

            You know, the Telegraph . . . that bastion of Labour support.

    • SilentHunter

      Not if you worked in Banking, old boy! ;o)

  • bugshead

    She should be fired, she is crap anyway

  • Terence Hale

    Hi,
    There’ll be no promotion for Maria Miller after her short, bitter apology. Where a lack of intelligence that make up for stupidity with parliament treasuring every moment Maria Miller avoided the word “Sorry” and then I presume “kicked to cat”.

  • Tom Tom

    Any house bought using taxpayer subsidy should have a lien placed on it by HMRC or HM Treasury and an Audit should be conducted to ascertain how much value should be clawed back upon sale or transfer or remortgage

    • HookesLaw

      Or in the case of a house price crash?

    • the viceroy’s gin

      That might be “fair”, but it’d certainly raise a ruckus, and be cumbersome to implement. Better not to give the subsidy in the first place.

    • Alexsandr

      better still build a block of flats somewhere near Westminster, and MP’s use those when in London. No need for expenses then.

      • dado_trunking

        CCTV in the corridors?
        The red tops would be full of bed time stories . . .

        • Alexsandr

          CCTV in the dado trunking would be better.

        • the viceroy’s gin

          …would they catch you and the goats?

  • The Laughing Cavalier

    Dave says she’s in the clear and she gets to keep the £1.2m profit she made on the house. what more could a politician ask for?

    • HookesLaw

      She bought the house in 1995 – so thats getting on for 20 years and for most of it she was not claiming any expenses on it. She was not an MP until 2005.
      I doubt we could ever ask for rationality from you.

      • SilentHunter

        Wow!

        That’s brilliant! Let’s see now . . . if I started stealing from people 4 years ago, but up to that point I hadn’t . . . then my crime should surely be mitigated by the time when I wasn’t stealing anything.

        Yup . . . you got me there.

        Can’t argue with that faultless logic. lol.

  • Alexsandr

    it never ceases to amaze me how MP’s seem to get into these scrapes all the time. Surely anyone with a small bit of nous can see that errors in expenses will bite them on the ar$e very quickly and embarrsibgly.
    Is it a sense of entitlement that makes them think they can get away with it, or stupidity?
    (I know Miller has been cleared. But if her records and claims had been transparently squeaky clean then there would have been no issue.)

    • HookesLaw

      You may be right -but she has aged parents and is looking after them and had a busy working life. But you may be right – who knows. Is not that the point? ‘Who knows’ – nobody. But that does not stop everybody mouthing off over what seems to be a mistake – and given the size and period of the payments a modest mistake..

      • the viceroy’s gin

        …the Camerluvvies are fortunate to have a scuttling lickspittle like you, to gum flap their corner.

        • HookesLaw

          How is the grand wizard. How do you type with a white bedsheet over your head.
          I’m happy to take criticism from a nasty racist redneck scumbag like you any day of the week. Laddie.

          • Kitty MLB

            I wonder how this chap feels about Nigel Farage clearly
            drawing a line in the sand and going after Labour voters-
            he clearly has decided that.
            No more Lib/Lab/ Con rubbish- regardless of the leadership
            of parties, members are quite different. And UKIP want to be
            the new party for Old Labour votes- He will need to make friends
            with real lefties- Laddie.

            • HookesLaw

              Well you make a good point. How does UKIP square its policies – such as they are – with accommodating socialist voters?

              • Kitty MLB

                The ‘ peoples army’ army remark was clearly aimed at Labour,
                purple being the new red, it was not aimed at middle class Conservatives. Labour have betrayed their voters for more then a decade and they have had no alternative.
                Excessive immigration – has played havoc with what Nigel Farage calls ‘ the underclass’- the traditional, hardworking
                English working class whose lives Labour wrecked with its failed multicultural agenda.
                I assume he will go in that direction, with his party.
                I have absolutely no idea in terms of education, the economy,
                police etc..

                • HookesLaw

                  We have had a people’s princess and people’s peerages so why not have a people’s army.
                  As I’ve said before – the trouble is we can all have a ‘people’s army’ to suit ourselves. Its a fatuous comment. Its whatever anybody wants it to be.
                  Ironically when a real ‘people’s army’ comes along in Ukraine (and where 76 of them were shot by police snipers) Mr Farage complains and says its the EU’s fault and sneers at them and blows kisses at Vladimir’s rough hewn chest.

                  In reality it exposed Farage for the slick PR friendly disingenuous say anything to please anybody chancer that he is.
                  Saint Vlad and Saint Nigel – what a pair.

                • Denis_Cooper

                  Nobody knows for sure who the snipers were, or whether they were shooting only one side on behalf of the other.

                • HookesLaw

                  Ah bless you…. all of a sudden you are so reasonable and open minded.
                  3 people have been arrested there are a total of 12 suspects.

                  Strange only protesters were shot. What a tortured fantasy world you live in.

                • Denis_Cooper

                  Can do without any blessing from you, thanks.

                  At 8 minutes into the recording here:

                  http://rt.com/news/ashton-maidan-snipers-estonia-946/

                  you can hear the Estonian Foreign Minister telling Cathy Ashton that a doctor who had treated victims with gunshot wounds on both sides – police as well as demonstrators – had told him that they were all shot by the same snipers, and alleging that the snipers had been hired by extreme elements among the protestors.

                  Of course this could just be Russian propaganda, but then on the other hand it is not beyond belief.

              • the viceroy’s gin

                …classic socialist tactics, I see. You socialists flinging “socialist” witterings about.

                Classic socialist tactics.

                No matter. In 13.0 months, your hero Call Me Dave is going to be the recipient of the tactic of having his head mounted on a spike.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            …things must be getting tight in Camerluvvieland, eh laddie. You’re getting more and more shrill, daily.

            Get ready, because it’s going to get worse. You socialist Camerluvvies are finished.

      • Alexsandr

        OK. I’ll try the ‘mistake’ line with the HMRC. see how I get on.

      • DrCoxon

        ‘After a 14-month investigation, Kathryn Hudson, Parliament’s standards commissioner, said earlier this year that the Culture Secretary should hand back £45,000 in over-claimed allowances for a house in south-west London.

        ‘However, MPs on the Commons standards committee overruled the commissioner on Thursday and said Mrs Miller would have to repay just £5,800 and apologise for her “attitude” during the inquiry. The minister, who made more than £1.2million from the sale of the London property in February, subsequently gave a 32-second statement of apology in the Commons.’
        DT 3 iv 2014

      • SilentHunter

        A £1.2 million profit from flipping homes is hardly a “modest mistake”.

        What are you . . . a Banker?

  • Bob

    Shame she didn’t discuss all this years ago with her husband, Iain Miller. He spends lots of his time advising the Solicitors’ Regulatory Authority (and Bar Council) on matters of professional conduct, standards etc. See: http://www.bevanbrittan.com/people/Pages/IainMiller.aspx

  • Maturecheese

    Reminds me of Jacqui Smiths apology.

    • HookesLaw

      Smith was pretending that the back bedroom of her sister’s house was her main residence. This when her chidren were going to school hundreds of miles away.

      • Maturecheese

        That may be so but I was referring to her grudging insincere apology, a trait that seems to be common amongst the entitlement culture of MP’s.

  • Peter Stroud

    Maria Miller was a good constituency MP, she was a reasonable minister of state

  • dado_trunking

    This story is much bigger than that.

    This is WRONG!
    Nigella Lawson barred from the US.
    Piers Morgan is never tried.
    Other phoney bankers live their lives which goes on and on and on.
    Maria Miller merely exposes the nature of the London-centric asset price FIXING.

    In the meantime Magna Carta socialists continue socialising their losses to the detriment of the nation and continue also to divide up the resource profits (shale gas) and subsidies (windfarms) amongst themselves.

    Broken Britain!

    • the viceroy’s gin

      …what happened to the “goat”, lad?

  • MirthaTidville

    The tone of her reply,sadly, served to make her seem anything but `cultured`

    • Holly

      How are people wrongly accused of something supposed to act/behave?
      Maybe she doesn’t do ‘brown-nosing’ to try & curry favour.
      Maybe Mann could have behaved differently, instead of running to ‘mummy’ to tell tales.
      She knew she had done nothing wrong, and I always thought it is the prosecution who have to prove guilt.

      • HookesLaw

        In my opinion the only thing short and bitter is Mr Forsyth.

        • Frank

          I admire your tribal loyalty, but you are doing nothing to help the tory party if you seek to protect M Miller from justified criticism. D Cameron is damaging his party by trying to protect this woman (as he did when he sent a message of support to Tim Yeo and as the Lib-Dems did when they protected D Laws from being sacked as did Labour when they protected J Smith) and it just adds to the sense that Cameron has no moral compass. M Miller needs to resign as an MP, or her constituency party need to sack her. That the MP Committee should over-rule the standards commissioner is ample proof that MPs are still in denial about the meaning of the word theft.

      • telemachus

        Breathtaking
        The only decent thing you can say about Miller is that she got rid of a degenerate predecessor who wanted Murdoch to complete his monopoly of our media
        Sad that that miscreant is now selling the NHS to BUPA

      • Frank

        Sadly, she was not put in front of the police.

      • Smithersjones2013

        She did nothing wrong? Then why has she to pay back £6k?

      • DrCoxon

        ‘After a 14-month investigation, Kathryn Hudson, Parliament’s standards commissioner, said earlier this year that the Culture Secretary should hand back £45,000 in over-claimed allowances for a house in south-west London.

        ‘However, MPs on the Commons standards committee overruled the commissioner on Thursday and said Mrs Miller would have to repay just £5,800 and apologise for her “attitude” during the inquiry. The minister, who made more than £1.2million from the sale of the London property in February, subsequently gave a 32-second statement of apology in the Commons.’

        DT 3.iv.2014

        • Des Demona

          So the MP’s can overrule the standards commissioner?
          Anyone know which MP’s were on the committee and their reasons for overruling?

          • Kingstonian

            Des
            I posted a full list of the MPs on the committee 2 hours ago but the Spectator has seen fit to moderate it out! See today’s Daily Telegraph Page 4 for a Name and Shame list.

            • Des Demona

              Cheers!

    • Des Demona

      And no mention of the 6 grand she purloined from the tax payer and was ordered to pay back. I think it’s safe to say that most people know what their mortgage payments are.
      Don’t get me wrong I think those with their snouts in the trough from any party are equally as bad. It just never ceases to amaze me that if that was some poor Joe Public who overclaimed their benefits do you think ”administrative error” would be looked on as any excuse?

      • 2trueblue

        I seem to remember that Jackie Smith charged us in the region of £150k rent for a room in her sisters house and just made an apology to the house. Do not remember any repayment? Nice money if you can get it.

    • saffrin

      With £1.25 million profit in the bank I’d be very surprised if she were sorry about anything.
      And they try to convince us housing policy isn’t based on the money MP’s make on their taxpayer funded property developments.

    • WatTylersGhost

      A degree from the London School of Economics ain’t up to much if graduates such as Miller can’t manage basic maths.

  • Fergus McKenzie

    she was and is dreadful – I’d honestly forgotten she was still in the cabinet – over promoted and over hyped – her qualifications for the job seemed to be 1) she once worked in ad agency 2) she is a woman 3) she can stand up unaided

    she will be quietly “disappeared” at the next reshuffle

    • Holly

      The qualifications you quote are an irrelevance, as she was cleared of the allegations Labour’s John Mann accused her of.

      Has he apologised to her yet?

      • realfish

        I’m not a great fan of Miller, but that is, in the interests of natural justice, a good question.

        The BBC have had Mann on a few times this morning but didn’t think to ask him that…or from my recollection even point out to him that his allegation was found to be false.

        • HookesLaw

          I’m shocked I tell you … shocked. And the BBC too.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            …you Camerluvvies are getting your value from the BBC, lad. That’s why you continue to support it. It supports your socialist agenda.

            • HookesLaw

              Everyone is a socialist to you who is not an Aryan and who does not wear a white bedsheet over his head. Laddie.

              • Kitty MLB

                There are some here who are on the Very far right of UKIP
                just as their are some on the far left of the conservatives.
                Neither represent the views of the majority in their parties.

                • HookesLaw

                  I’m a fairly right wing conservative. UKIP is, has become, far right. It is making hatred and intolerance acceptable. Farage has spotted a seam and is mining it (indeed it could be he is trapped down his own mine) – it is easier than arguing the abstruse economics of the EU. He no doubt works at it on the tube to take his mind off all those nasty foreigners.

                • the viceroy’s gin

                  No, you are the farthest thing from a conservative, lad. You are a socialist, like all you Camerluvvies, clones of LibLabCon.

              • the viceroy’s gin

                No, lad, not everybody is a socialist, but you certainly are.

                And you socialist Camerluvvies lovingly support your mouthpiece, the BBC.

          • Alexsandr

            poor things. they are in shock. they had to show Farage drubbing Clegg last night. Must have been traumatic.

            • HookesLaw

              Your cat could have drubbed Clegg.

              • CharlietheChump

                That is true

                • Alexsandr

                  have you met my cat? he is the sort you regret picking up in case of back injury.

                • HookesLaw

                  I was assuming your cat was sitting stuffed on the sideboard. I’m glad its hale and hearty.

                • Kitty MLB

                  Well put the little fellow on a diet. its not good for Tiddles
                  to be over weight.. Ours when we were young also managed some exercise by running away for a year and then turning up
                  looking quite lofty demanding food ,not that I am suggesting
                  your cat run away.

                • Alexsandr

                  He supplements his kitty nosh with wildlife. Bunnies and pigeons I think.

                • HookesLaw

                  And of course in the case of these beauty contests it was Clegg who ‘won’ the 2010 debates. Why – ? Because he presented himself as the above it all anti politics.
                  Just like Farage.
                  All this shows is its easy to look good in these debates if you have nothing to defend.

                • the viceroy’s gin

                  …then why didn’t your mate Dave “look good”, then or now, lad?

                  There’s an answer to that question, but you socialist Camerluvvies aren’t going to like it .

              • the viceroy’s gin

                …but as we know, Clegg’s mate Call Me Dave would never drub his socialist clone, eh laddie?

            • Kitty MLB

              What has that to do with the Conservatives. The Lib Dems
              are a different party and Cameron said, in his words:
              That they both had extreme views.
              Also Conservatives like the Lib Dems having a good thrashing,
              sorry old chap.

              • Alexsandr

                meant the beeb was in shock….

        • 2trueblue

          What do you expect? after all it is the BBC who frankly can not report on anything correctly.

      • John Lea

        So why did she apologise, if she was cleared of the allegations? With apologists like you, quick to defend corrupt non-entities, we really do get the politicians we deserve.

    • sarah_13

      Couldn’t agree more. She was absolutely awful on press regulation, something we have yet to see resolved goodness knows how that will end.

    • Kitty MLB

      Maybe you are correct with your assumption’s, dear Mr F McKenzie.
      I am also sure this has nothing to do with you wishing to thrash
      that ‘Posh Tory Party’ like you usually wish to.
      I just wish we could also reshuffle the pointless Lib Dems out
      and replace them with a few useful and capable wee Tories.
      Alas and Alack, not possible.

      • Des Demona

        ”Alas and Alack, not possible.”
        Indeed that is true . Where could you possibly find any useful and capable wee Tories :-)

      • Fergus McKenzie

        We look around in vain for your “capable wee Tories” – although it’s true there are no “capable wee anythings” at Porkminster these days –

        • Kitty MLB

          Dear Mr Mc Kenzie ( shall not call you Fergus
          as we already have one of those here) ‘Porkminster’ Yes Cameron was wrong to
          defend her. But really what about that wee
          kilt wearing porkie floating around Holyrood
          in the hot air of his self- esteem.
          Give that ego absolute power and
          see if he would behave any differently
          to Cameron. I Shall wager you, dear
          man, that he would not.

          • Fergus McKenzie

            Dear Madam Kitty- it’s true Salmond has a keen appreciation of his own abilities – I’m no Nat but he is head and shoulders above any of the 3 London leaders

            • Kitty MLB

              Dear Mr Fergus McKensie ( Oh do please just call me Kitty,
              not Madam, it really doesn’t suit me)
              I endeavour to send this gentleman from haggis land my most humblest apologies. I just assumed he was
              a little helper there to help create Wee Alec Salmond’s
              ‘ brave new world’. I am impressed that some of you
              have avoided his alluring inveiglements.
              And those ‘ London leaders’, they do not just lead London,
              but best not to tell them that they think the M25 is their
              own Hadrian’s Wall to protect them from the rest of England..

    • Chris Morriss

      There is a famous portrait of Sir Richard Arkwright, that titan of the industrial revolution, in which he appears to be a miserable, domineering and bag-eyed man. It is surprising how photographs of Ms Miller are beginning to resemble him to an astonishing degree!

  • HookesLaw

    You may or may not be right about her attitude, but the committee cleared her of deliberately submitting expenses claims to which she was not entitled.
    The committee seemed to dislike her for being ‘legalistic’ – which seems a strange attitude to take. The fact is the committee have said that apart from Miller’s attitude to them this would have been a ‘relatively minor matter’ – one seemingly involving some changes to base rate.
    Indeed the committee further rejected the charge that she or her parents had benefited financially from the arrangements. “There can be no criticism of her in relation to her personal, caring responsibilities and her desire to combine these with the role of an elected representative,”

    So not guilty. perhaps that accounts for her attitude? But like the rest of the press the Spectator is not it seems willing to put anything into context.

    • James Strong

      I agree.
      But who are you?
      And what have you done with the Hookes Law we know so well, and with whom I disagree so often?

      • MirthaTidville

        probably parked it alongside TrevorsDen of old

      • HookesLaw

        Who are you may be just as much to the point!

    • Des Demona

      ”but the committee cleared her of deliberately submitting expenses claims to which she was not entitled.”
      She did submit expense claims to which she was not entitled. Whether it was deliberate or not may be a case of not proven rather than not guilty.

      • HookesLaw

        But it is perfectly possible to be in error. It is perfectly possible to make mistakes without criminal intent. The committee cleared her of doing anything deliberately.

        Interestingly its to ITV and not BBC or anywhere else (lets face it the media have no self interest in being nice to the govt, the media want to be above the law) you have to look for a smidgeon of rationality.
        ‘The committee was particularly interested in her decision to increase
        her mortgage by another 50k in 2007. What was that for? She doesn’t
        say, because she doesn’t consider it their business on account of the
        fact that she never intended to claim for that extra interest. And indeed, she didn’t. Most of the time. But, to be honest, Ms Miller’s household finances come across as more than a little chaotic (this may actually endear her somewhat to the public).
        Sometimes, she did claim more than she should have done and this is
        why she now has to pay £5,800 back, but I think a fair conclusion would be that this was down to a cock-up rather than conspiracy. I can’t really find evidence of malevolent intent in the report.’
        (Tom Bradby)
        He goes on to say – ‘ Her behaviour does seem to have been rather strange, particularly given that she doesn’t seem to have had much to hide.’

        • Des Demona

          The difficulty is of course in proving that there was deliberate intent. In the absence of a smoking gun then you have little option but to say there is no evidence of deliberate intent.
          But consider this. The woman is a relatively high ranking politician. She didn’t get there by being a dumbo.
          As a public servant drawing on the public purse she had a duty of care to ensure she was claiming correctly.
          Now, either she did or didn’t know how much her mortgage payments were or did or didn’t know how much she was claiming. Or both.
          Either way it shows either gross incompetence or dishonesty. We will never know for sure which it is.

          • HookesLaw

            Criticise her for making a mistake if you like. As I understand it she added to her mortgage but not with the intent of claiming back expenses on it. And also made mistakes when interest rates fell. You are entitled to judge her on what actually happened.

            • Des Demona

              I’m reserving judgement on whether it was a mistake. Seems to me a great many of these expenses claims have been excused as ”mistakes” and ”administrative errors”
              Whatever my opinion of MP’s is ( generally somewhere between paedophile and estate agent) to have so many of them claim that they filled their boots either by mistake or administrative error beggars belief.

              • HookesLaw

                I don’t think it unreasonable to think it a mistake, on top of which she was a carer for her parents. The total morgage over two years was 90,000 and the over claim was less than 6000

                The Committee asked her, told her, to apologise to parliament. What for? They did it because she had narked them. Pretty sad really.

                There is another side to this and similar stories. The press have no desire to see a strong or popular govt. they have their own scandals to hide and do not want independent regulation. They want to stay above the law.

                • Des Demona

                  The more you desperately defend her the quicker I’m counting my spoons.
                  6k might be peanuts to you, for the ordinary person in the street it’s a hefty wedge.

                  And wasn’t there the issue of her supposedly leaning on the Telegraph not to report it as she was involved in Levenson. Murkier and murkier if she had nothing to hide.

                • HookesLaw

                  Where did I say it was peanuts. stop inventing. 6k is a lot of money. 90k is even bigger. this puts the mistake into context.
                  By all means criticise Miller for something but its a bit pathetic to invent things.

                • Des Demona

                  LOL. You’re just tap dancing now. Good luck with that.

                • DrCoxon

                  ‘After a 14-month investigation, Kathryn Hudson, Parliament’s standards commissioner, said earlier this year that the Culture Secretary should hand back £45,000 in over-claimed allowances.’

        • kyalami

          I love the idea that you can makes off with thousands of pounds of someone else’s money “by mistake”.

          • HookesLaw

            Except that is not what happened. But since you cannot make any claim except by crude misrepresentation you have say what you say.

            • kyalami

              On the contrary, Hooky, that’s what you said. “It is perfectly possible to make mistakes “

              • HookesLaw

                You are saying its not possible.

                • kyalami

                  Not when it’s a month’s salary, no.

          • Ron Todd

            Funny how when MPs make a ‘mistake’ with the expenses it is always a mistake that leaves them with more money than they were entitled to never less.

    • DrCoxon

      ‘After a 14-month investigation, Kathryn Hudson, Parliament’s standards commissioner, said earlier this year that the Culture Secretary should hand back £45,000 in over-claimed allowances for a house in south-west London.

      DT 3.iv.2014

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