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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Maria Miller says Sir Thomas Legg cleared her expenses

Maria Miller said the Fees Office was "happy that everything was in order". Credit: PA

Maria Miller has said one of the two audits into her expenses had been carried out by former civil servant Sir Thomas Legg - who was called in to review all MPs' claims at the height of the expenses scandal - and the other by the Conservative Party.

Mrs Miller claimed second home allowances of £90,718 - almost the maximum permitted - between 2005 and 2009 towards mortgage payments, bills and other costs relating to a house where her parents had apparently been living since 1996.

Asked by the Evening Standard whether Sir Thomas was aware that her parents were living at her designated second home, Mrs Miller said: "I obviously spoke to the Fees Office about my claims and they were happy that everything was in order."

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