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PM backs minister over expenses

David Cameron has given his full backing to the Culture Secretary Maria Miller after a Parliamentary watchdog launched an investigation of her expenses.

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Downing Street and Telegraph battle over Miller claims

An aide for Maria Miller aide and No 10's top spin doctor both reportedly contacted the Telegraph. Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

Questions about Maria Miller's expenses have drawn the Culture Secretary into a further row about her office's dealings with the Daily Telegraph, whose investigation led to the commissioner's inquiry.

An aide to Mrs Miller was reported to have called the newspaper and said she wanted to "flag up" the Cabinet minister's connection to press regulation during discussions about a story on the Cabinet minister's expenses.

Downing Street's top spin doctor, Craig Oliver, also mentioned the Leveson press reforms in a telephone call to the Telegraph's editor.

No 10 insisted yesterday that Mr Oliver was highlighting concerns about the way the Telegraph carried out its investigation into Mrs Miller's expenses claims, rather than attempting to threaten the newspaper.

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