It is possible that the Chancellor had come to a different conclusion from the PM as to which way the Maria Miller crisis was going.
The resignation of Culture Secretary following sustained pressure shows that, five years on, fury over expenses has only grown.
Maria Miller's resignation letter has been made public, along with David Cameron's response.
Police in Basingstoke are appealing for witnesses after a number of incidents where vehicles were broken into and a car was stolen. Overnight from Monday, June 9, into Tuesday, June 10, offenders broke into seven different cars.
A number of small electrical goods – sat navs and iPods – were stolen. The cars were parked in the Lychpit and Old Basing areas - Cowslip Bank, Crofters Meadow, Saxon Way, Little Basing and Pimpernel Way.
Offenders also broke into a house in Cowslip Crescent and stole the keys to a blue Volkswagen Golf GT FSI car, which was then stolen from the driveway.
– PC Mike Ahearne
I would like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at the relevant times or who has any information about these crimes. I would also like to remind people to remove all valuables from their cars when they park up for the night.”
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has contacted nearly 2000 housing benefit claimants to warn them of a mistake that means some of their personal details have been given out as part of a Freedom of Information request.
Names and addresses have been passed on but the council say no bank details were released.
The council will carry out its own internal review of its procedures and the Information Commissioner's Office will carry out a separate independent investigation.
Police investigating a violent assault in Basingstoke have released this efit of a man they want to speak to. The victim was punched during the attack which took place on Quilter Road on Saturday the 19th of April.
If you recognise or can identify the man from the E-fit please contact our Force Enquiry Centre quoting RMS 4414146764.
Ballot boxes are being lined up, with votes ready to be counted in Basingstoke.
Ballot boxes have appeared, ready to reveal their secrets at Queen Mary's College in Basingstoke.
– PC Ricky Davis, Hampshire Police
This was a completely unprovoked attack in which a teenage boy sustained nasty injuries. Although rare, these types of incidents cannot be allowed to happen.This incident happened in a residential area where people may have been out going about their business. Did you see anything? Do you know who might be responsible?
Do you recognise this man? Police in Basingstoke want to speak to him about an assault where a teenage boy sustained a cracked cheekbone.
The 17-year-old victim was walking along Cayman Close towards Shakespeare Road in Popley, on his way to see a friend at about 10.30am on Saturday, May 10.
He was then approached from behind and punched in the face by an unknown man. He fell to the ground and looked up to see three men standing over him.
One of the men then kicked him in the face and then they all ran off.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was robbed at knifepoint in Basingstoke as he walked home from an evening out. The 57-year-old victim walked along Basing View and over the railway bridge into Norn Hill in March.
Once over the bridge he was approached by a man who threatened him with a knife and demanded cash. The victim handed over what he had, which was a little over £5, and the suspect made off with another man.
A man has been arrested after thousands of pounds worth of jewellery have been stolen from a home in Basingstoke.
A 76-year-old woman on Townsend Close noticed her jewellery box had been left open on Thursday 10th or Friday 11th April but thought nothing of it.
A 34-year-old from Basingstoke has been arrested in connection with the theft and has been bailed.
The victim was gardening at the time and says her front door may have been unlocked.
On Sunday 13th April she noticed these items were missing:
- Four gold rings valued at £2,600
- 18 ct gold basket cluster set with a ruby surrounded with diamonds and rubies
- 14 ct gold wishbone eternity ring with 11 diamonds
- 18 ct gold ring corner cluster with 9 diamonds
- 18 ct gold wishbone eternity ring with 3 rubies and 4 diamonds
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.