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David Cameron overruled George Osborne on appointment of new female minister after resignation of Maria Miller, Conservative sources disclose Continue to article
Maria Miller’s forced resignation is a disgrace. No iniquity was proved against her. Continue to article
No. 10 has dismissed speculation of a split between David Cameron and George Osborne over the handling of Maria Miller's expenses controversy as "village-type commentary". Responding to reports that the Chancellor and Lynton Crosby had ... Continue to article
The Leader of the House has defended the new appointments at the Equalities Office. After Maria Miller resigned from the Cabinet yesterday, Sajid Javid, the new Culture Secretary, was appointed Minister for Equalities, with Nicky Morgan ... Continue to article
Chancellor's influence highlighted by several appointments and his role in resignation of Maria Miller Continue to article
Maria Miller’s resignation will soon be forgotten. But her replacement could make a lasting impression on politics Continue to article
Ed Balls said Maria Miller’s decision to hand her pay-off for leaving the Cabinet to charity was a “good thing”. “The rules of the game are when people leave this job, like other jobs, they get a portion of their salary. And if you sudde... Continue to article
Big announcement from Nigel Farage about the Maria Miller debacle coming shortly after 6pm in Basingstoke.
Gloria de Piero said the number of women in the Cabinet had been cut by 25% with the resignation of Maria Miller. "For a start, this morning, before Maria Miller resigned there were four women of full Cabinet rank, four out of 22, it was... Continue to article
Sir Menzies Campbell said the perception of wrongdoing by Maria Miller had been a more important factor in her demise. “The last thing any prime minister wants to do is to go to Prime Minister’s Questions, that half an hour in the cockpi... Continue to article
Grant Shapps said that the decision to resign as Culture Secretary was made by Maria Miller alone. “In the end, exactly as she said in her resignation letter, [Maria] just felt that the amount of media interest around this, the way that ... Continue to article
Maria Miller said the last 16 months had been "really difficult" for her. "This has been a really difficult 16 months because I was cleared about the central allegation made about me by a Labour member of Parliament, I hope that I could ... Continue to article
Peter Bottomley said he did not agree that the Maria Miller row showed the parliamentary standards system needed root-and-branch reform. “No, I don’t, and a minute and a half is not very much opportunity of contradicting much of what Ang... Continue to article
Michael Gove said he was “saddened” by the news that Maria Miller had resigned as Culture Secretary. “Maria’s resignation is, for those who know her, it’s sad to see a colleague who, as the Prime Minister acknowledged in his letter, work... Continue to article
Robert Buckland said Maria Miller made the right decision to resign and the Government could now focus on the the issues that really concern people. "I think Mrs Miller's decision was the right one, the lesson I think for everybody is th... Continue to article
John Mann said it was “about time” that Maria Miller left her post, after she announced her resignation as Culture Secretary today. “My reaction is: about time too. Where’s the Prime Minister been for the last five days not sacking Maria... Continue to article
Nadine Dorries said parliamentary expenses should be scrapped following the Maria Miller expenses debacle. "I kind of thought last night that she may have survived, but I think there's one lesson that has to be learnt from this, and this... Continue to article
Baroness Boothroyd said the Prime Minister had made "an error of judgement" by allowing Maria Miller to remain as Culture Secretary. “My take is that I’m very disagreeably surprised that Mrs Miller did not resign at the weekend when all ... Continue to article
Maria Miller has not, say her friends, at any point, offered her resignation #MariaMiller
Mary Macleod argued that some sections of the media had ulterior motives in calling for Maria Miller to resign as Culture Secretary. “I don’t think the public necessarily know all the details of the case because in some of the newspapers... Continue to article
Was in the Commons earlier. Every Tory MP I spoke to was very annoyed that Maria Miller is still in her job. And every Labour MP v pleased.
Richard Ottaway said the Maria Miller case was a legacy case and the new expenses system could not be subject to abuse. "You’ve got to remember that this is a legacy case, we have changed the system, this kind of case will not go to the ... Continue to article
Mark Field criticised Maria Miller's "unacceptably perfunctory" Commons apology over her expenses claims, arguing the row was damaging the Conservative party more broadly. “I think my sympathies are now with the 35% or so of MPs of the 2... Continue to article
Philip Davies said the Maria Miller expenses furore was very damaging for his party. "Whether she resigns is a matter for her, but obviously the whole thing is extremely damaging for the Conservative party, it's damaging for Parliament a... Continue to article
Downing Street said that matter of Maria Miller's resignation had not arisen. The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman was repeatedly asked if the Culture Secretary had tendered her resignation. He would only say that "the matter has not ... Continue to article
The policing of MPs' conduct is a matter for Parliament and should not be handed over to an outside body, the Government has said. Andrew Lansley defended the existing parliamentary standards watchdog and said that allowing a "wholly ex... Continue to article
Boris Johnson said Maria Miller had been “hounded” over her expenses claims and called for an overhaul of the Standards Committee to resolve the situation. “I don’t know the facts of the case in great detail, but it seems to me she is b... Continue to article
Jackie Doyle-Price implied that Maria Miller was placing a burden on her Tory colleagues by staying in post as Culture Secretary. “Well, that’s a matter for her and for the Prime Minister, but I would just make this observation - that if... Continue to article
Maria Miller should have been sacked. But the papers now baying for her blood are motivated by their hatred of oversight Continue to article
The Prime Minister's offical spokesman has said any reforms to the self-regulation of MPs by the standards committee is a matter for the House of Commons. He said the PM is "very open to considering" any changes to the current system in th... Continue to article
John Mann press release John Mann MP has been invited by a group of Maria Miller’s constituents to a meeting in Basingstoke tomorrow evening to discuss the recent report into her expenses claims and the issue of MP self-regulation. ... Continue to article
Despite Speaker refusing him an Urgent Commons Question, Lab MP John Mann is now up on a point of order re Maria Miller case
Maria Miller's former campaign organiser tells us her main home was never Basingstoke "when we had meetings her family were never there"
Dominic Grieve said the Culture Secretary would have to determine her own response to lingering questions over her expenses claims. “Well, they’re matters, I think, for Maria Miller. If I may say so, I can’t answer on Maria Miller’s beha... Continue to article
Therese Coffey said it was time to move on from the Maria Miller expenses debacle. "The essential allegation that she was using taxpayers' money to subsidise her parents has been thrown out, the whole issue about the commissioner versus ... Continue to article
John Mann said that Maria Miller was "unfit for office" in the light of the row over her expenses. "The problem is that she attempted to intimidate the Independent Commissioner for Standards, she's had to pay back money, her special advi... Continue to article
Nicola Blackwood argued the row over Culture Secretary Maria Miller's expenses claims needed to be resolved soon. "I have to say if I was faced with the kind of questions that she is faced with, I would be really quite worried indeed. ... Continue to article
Steve Brine said Maria Miller's future should be decided by her constituents at the next general election like any MP. "People can choose the boot that they want to put in, it's up to them... I don't think we should go regardless of the ... Continue to article
Geoffrey Cox said giving an external body powers to regulate MPs would have constitutional implications. "It's not as simple as simply just saying that somebody else can regulate Parliament. What you have to ask is, ultimately, who will ... Continue to article
Lisa Nandy said it would be difficult for members of the public to show generosity to Maria Miller when she allegedly did not show any compassion for disabled people during her time as a welfare minister. "I think [the expenses system] d... Continue to article
Brooks Newmark said Maria Miller had done nothing wrong and argued she should not be "hounded" out of her job by the press. "I think the expenses scandal in the past couple of years really has put Members of Parliament under scrutiny, th... Continue to article
Bob Stewart admitted the storm around Maria Miller’s expenses was “not great” for the Conservatives. “It’s not great, is it? The fact of the matter is, the question one should ask is: did she deliberately try to make money? Did she delib... Continue to article
Nominative determinism and Cabinet appointments It sounds like a rather strange student essay, but if one former Culture Secretary is to be believed, a person’s name is more influential than most would think. David Mellor has just tol...
David Mellor said the row over whether or not Maria Miller should keep her job reflected on David Cameron’s judgement. “I don’t think it matters if she resigns or not. Bless her heart, she won’t be missed if she goes and she won’t be not... Continue to article
Diane Abbott said that Maria Miller's expenses apology had been inadequate and claimed that the story was bad for the reputation of politics. "I was in the chamber for her apology… she didn’t do herself any favours. She’d have been bette... Continue to article
IDS on whether Maria Miller should resign: "I think this is a matter the Prime Minister has to take consideration of and she herself” #Marr
The watchdog in charge of MPs' expenses calls for independent regulation after the row over Culture Secretary Maria Miller's claims Continue to article
The Twitter feed from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) was hacked this evening and Culture Secretary Maria Miller was described in a tweet as being "like a modern day Robin Hood". Continue to article
Sir Alistair Graham said Maria Miller's reluctance to cooperate with the inquiry into her expenses was "pretty shocking". "The degree of lack of co-operation or the attempt to divert the commissioner from addressing the issues concerned... Continue to article
Yesterday the House of Commons Committee on Standards published its report into Maria Miller. I complained about the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to the expenses Commissioner because I believed that she had manipulated her second home expenses allowance. Continue to article
Patrick McLoughlin said the Government was looking at alternative rail routes to the South West. "We are spending a huge amount of money on the railways over the next five years, we’ve just embarked on a new programme, some £38bn in the ... Continue to article
George Osborne has thrown his weight behind the introduction of gay marriage, despite a survey of Tory constituency chairmen finding nearly half of local Conservative parties have lost members as a result of the policy.
The poll, conducted for the Sunday Telegraph, found that 71% believe the proposals should be abandoned, with just 3% saying they have gained membership from Mr Cameron's gay marriage policy.
Mr Osborne today emphasised that there would be a free vote in the House of Commons on introducing gay marriage, adding that he would be voting "with his conscience" in favour of the motion.
Senior Conservatives are reportedly urging David Cameron to bring forward his anticipated Cabinet reshuffle in response to failing poll ratings. The Daily Mail reports the reshuffle could now take place as soon as next weekend, following the local elections on May 3.
The Government's planned cuts to transport allowance for people in residential homes have been reversed, Maria Miller has said. The Minister for Disabled People told the Times that plans had been made to remove the £51 per week allowance in last year's spending review because some local councils provided a service, but that the provision is now seen as "patchy".
Measures to introduce super-fast broadband in the UK received a boost today after the Culture Secretary announced a number of ways to speed up internet access.
The new changes will reduce costs to install equipment and drop the need for councils to approve the installation of internet cables.
Maria Miller said the announcement showed the Government "means business" and is "determined to cut through the beaurocracy that is holding us back".
The Government is to defend its plans to charge parents for using the Child Support Agency, revealing it costs £450m a year to administer maintenance payments. Work and pensions minister Maria Miller said: “The child maintenance system is broken. Our proposals will give families options, not just force them to use the CSA. This [will allow] couples to work together rather than have the state facilitate conflict at huge expense to the taxpayer.” The agency is so inefficient it costs 40p to distribute every £1 in maintenance payments.
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