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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
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.