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.

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