Maria Miller MP resigns as Culture Secretary

Maria Miller has resigned as Culture Secretary.

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Nigel Farage: Maria Miller should resign as MP for Basingstoke

There are calls tonight for Maria Miller to step down as MP for Basingstoke. It follows her resignation from the Cabinet yesterday over her expenses.

The UKIP leader Nigel Farage says she should resign and a by-election should be called.

UKIP came fourth in Basingstoke in the last General Election. Meanwhile Mrs Miller says she's donating her cabinet pay-off believed to be £17,000 to a local charity.

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MP sacked as Tory vice-chair over Maria Miller comment

Tory MP Michael Fabricant has been sacked as vice-chair of the party after criticising the HS2 rail scheme and Maria Miller over her expenses.

The former Conservative whip claimed on Twitter that he refused to resign so was sacked by party chairman Grant Shapps.

After news of Mrs Miller's resignation broke, the MP said: "Well, about time."

Mr Fabricant, MP for Lichfield in Staffordshire, tweeted this announcement:

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Been asked to resign as Vice Chairman, refused, so sacked over HS2 and my views on a recent Cabinet Minister. Still available 4 speeches etc

After Mrs Miller resigned over her expenses scandal, he tweeted:

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Note to self: If ever a minister again, be like Mark Harper. If in trouble, resign quickly & in a dignified manner. Lesson to us all.

He is set to lead a Tory revolt against the £50 billion HS2 scheme later this month by calling for laws so the London-Birmingham is denied a second reading in Parliament.

The MP has spoken of his shock at being sacked and wrote on Twitter:

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"@alichat66: @mike_fabricant Stunned at the news - I always thought having an opinion was allowed." I think it was a knee-jerk decision.

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Miller to donate payoff to charity

Basingstoke MP Maria Miller will donate a payoff of around £17,000 to charity after quitting as Culture Secretary over her expenses.

The Basingstoke MP is entitled to the lump sum worth three months of her £67,000 ministerial salary, which comes on top of her parliamentary pay, by law but could have decided not to take it.

She rejected calls not to take the money, but a source close to the former minister said the cash would go to Speakeasy Advocacy, a Basingstoke charity for adults with learning disabilities.

Reaction to Miller's resignation

She sort of apologised - and now she's quit her job as Culture Secretary, but the expenses row involving Basingstoke's Conservative MP Maria Miller is refusing to go away.

Ms Miller bowed to parliamentary and public pressure and resigned this morning.

Not long after news filtered through to residents in her local constituency - with many there questioning whether she should also remain the towns MP.

Back In Westminster after an emotional Maria gave a statement to the media - David Cameron came under fire as to why he backed her and didn't sack her. Jonathan Marland reports.

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63% think Cameron 'handled Miller affair badly'

Almost two thirds of the public think David Cameron handled the Maria Miller expenses row badly, according to a new ITV News/ComRes poll.

David Cameron speaking at Prime Minister's Questions today Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Some 63% of those polled said the Prime Minister had performed "badly", with 32% saying he had handled the the controversy "very badly".

Just 8% of respondents said they thought Mr Cameron had dealt with it well.

ComRes polled 1,000 members of the public today.

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Sajid Javid arrives at DCMS for new Cabinet role

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has tweeted a picture of the new secretary of state, Sajid Javid, along with the department's Permanent Secretary, Sue Owen.

Mr Javid, who was previously Financial Secretary to the Treasury, will also become Equalities minister.

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Perm sec Sue Owen welcomes our new Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport @sajidjavid at DCMS HQ. http://t.co/K5t2gbSHpt

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Theresa May 'very sorry' to see Maria Miller go

Home Secretary Theresa May has been speaking of her disappointment at Maria Miller's resignation.

She told ITV News:

"I was very sorry to hear that Maria Miller had resigned. She has been an excellent colleague. I had worked with her on a number of issues and, as I say, I was sorry to see her leaving the cabinet."

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