Listen: Fraser Nelson, James Forysth and Isabel Hardman discuss Miller’s resignation

Maria Miller has bowed to the inevitable and resigned. For days now, it has been clear that Miller’s Cabinet career was essentially over and the question was when, not if she went. By quitting this morning, she has resolved the issue before PMQs today.

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Yesterday showed the political price the government was paying for keeping Miller in place. The IMF’s prediction that Britain would grow faster than any other G7 economy was totally overshadowed by Miller’s expenses.

I suspect that if last Thursday, Miller had bent the knee and thrown herself on the Commons’ mercy, she would have given herself a fighting chance of survival. But her graceless and defiant tone, made the situation far worse for her. It made it impossible for colleagues to say that she had apologised and it was time to move on. ​

Tags: Conservatives, Maria miller, UK politics