Former culture secretary Maria Miller’s ministerial career came to an end this week amid a row over her expenses, despite prime minister David Cameron’s public backing.
Miller had been cleared by Kathryn Hudson, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, of abusing the expenses system between 2005 and 2009. However, Hudson also concluded that Miller had over-claimed for mortgage interest payments and council tax by £45,000, and recommended she repay this.
Instead, the MP-staffed Commons Committee on Standards – which gets final say in such matters – decided she should repay just £5,800.
It was her apology that did for [...]
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