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PM: Right to allow Miller a chance to get on with her job

The Prime Minister has told MPs he thought it was right to allow Maria Miller "the chance to get on with her job" following the controversy over her expenses claims.

David Cameron speaking during Prime Minister's Questions today. Credit: ITV Pool

Speaking during Prime Minister's Questions, David Cameron acknowledged that Ms Miller "did do something wrong" but stressed that she had apologised.

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TaxPayers' Alliance reaction to Miller recognition

The TaxPayers' Alliance said given this response to the resignation of Maria Miller:

Maria Miller had wrongly claimed significant amounts of taxpayers’ money and her less-than-contrite apology to the Commons suggested a failure to grasp the gravity of the situation, which caused understandable public anger.

While claims for mortgage interest are no longer permitted under the new expenses regime, this episode is a stark reminder that MPs need to pay extremely careful attention when they are spending taxpayers’ money.

It also underlines the need for a genuine system of recall to be introduced so that voters can hold their MP to account mid-term if they feel that they have been let down. This would be a powerful accountability mechanism to keep our elected representatives on their toes.

– Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance
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Sajid Javid named new Culture Secretary

Sajid Javid, the MP for Bromsgrove and current financial secretary to the Treasury has been appointed as the new Culture Secretary following Maria Miller's resignation, the prime minister has said:

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Farage to speak in Miller's constituency tonight

Nigel Farage will be speaking at a Ukip meeting in Maria Miller's Basingstoke constituency tonight, the party's director of communications has said on Twitter:

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Maria Miller: I want to make sure that I can move on

Maria Miller has said she takes "full responsibility" for her decision to resign as Culture Secretary, saying she wants to "make sure that I can move on".

Speaking publicly for the first time since her resignation was announced, Ms Miller said, "I think it is the right thing to do to, remove what has become really an unhelpful and very difficult distraction for colleagues."

Asked if she accepted that she had done something wrong, Ms Miller answered: "I have made it clear and apologised unreservedly to the House of Commons and made sure that it was clear to everybody that I took full responsibility for those findings.

"I want to make sure that the situation is clear to everybody and make sure that I can move on".

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Miller resigned as situation was 'enormous distraction'

Maria Miller said she decided to resign her position as Culture Secretary as her situation had become an "enormous distraction" to the Government and its achievements.

Miller said: "This has been a really difficult 16 months - because I was cleared of the central allegation made about me by a Labour Member of Parliament, I hoped that I could stay.

Former Culture Secretary Maria Miller. Credit: Pool

"But it has become clear to me that it has become an enormous distraction. It is not right that I am distracting from the incredible achievements of this Government."

It was the first time Miller has spoken publicly since her resignation as Culture Secretary was announced earlier this morning.

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Gove: Miller's resignation 'entirely' her own decision

Michael Gove told BBC Radio 4's Today programme. Credit: PA

Maria Miller's resignation was "entirely" her own decision, cabinet colleague Michael Gove has said.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, the Education Secretary said he had been told David Cameron put no pressure on the Culture Secretary to stand down.

Asked if Mrs Miller had been forced out of her job as the result of a media 'witch hunt', Mr Gove said: "I wouldn't criticise the press".

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