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Aides defend Maria Miller after Telegraph report

Maria Miller's aides have defended the Culture Secretary from the Daily Telegraph's claims over her use of taxpayer funds for a second home, with some questioning the timing of the newspaper report.

The aides said the minister's expenses have been audited twice and cleared both times.

Some noted the report from the Telegraph, which is far from supportive of legalising gay marriage, comes in advance of Ms Miller's statement to the Commons today on plans to legislate the same-sex union.


Minister postpones TV interviews amid second-home report

Maria Miller is due to address the Commons this afternoon on same-sex marriage. Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

Equalities Minister Maria Miller has postponed planned TV interviews this morning on same-sex marriage.

It comes amid a report in The Daily Telegraph that the Cabinet minister, whose primary position is Culture Secretary, claimed more than £90,000 for a second home where her parents lived.

Telegraph editor: No 10 editors meeting like The Godfather

The Daily Telegraph editor Tony Gallagher has tweeted about the meeting with David Cameron over the Leveson recommendations:

"Beer and sandwiches" is a reference to the refreshments served to union leaders at Number 10 in the 70s.

Leveson means 'a state regulator at the heart of the newsroom'

Lord Black of Brentwood, who was a key figure in drawing up proposals for enhanced self-regulation, says Lord Justice Leveson's proposals are "profoundly dangerous" and would put a state regulator "at the very heart of the newsroom".

Lord Black, the executive director of Telegraph, told the House of Lords the press would "rise energetically" to the challenge set by Leveson of toughening up regulation.

But he added:

Could I draw your attention to paragraph 6.16 of volume IV of the report which states that 'the recognition body would be required to determine whether the standards code meets the statutory requirements'.

That would be a state regulator at the very heart of the newsroom.

Would you agree with me that, if the industry can make rapid progress in the task of establishing a new system, such a move would not be just be profoundly dangerous but completely unnecessary?

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