Employment minister Esther McVey has criticised Maria Miller's 32-second apology to the House of Commons after being ordered to repay £5,800 she claimed in expenses.
Ms McVey told ITV's The Agenda: "I can honestly say it wouldn't be how I would have made an apology. But different people have different styles and do things in different ways."
Meanwhile, a Number 10 source told the Press Association that some MPs had raised concerns over the Culture Secretary but added: "There are plenty of MPs who have got in touch to say they strongly back Maria as well."
Maria Miller handed in her resignation today, saying the row over her expenses had become 'an enormous distraction'.
It is possible that the Chancellor had come to a different conclusion from the PM as to which way the Maria Miller crisis was going.
The son of a Pakistani immigrant, the newly-appointed Culture Secretary has been tipped by some as a future Conservative leader.