Maria Miller has said she takes "full responsibility" for her decision to resign as Culture Secretary, saying she wants to "make sure that I can move on".
Speaking publicly for the first time since her resignation was announced, Ms Miller said, "I think it is the right thing to do to, remove what has become really an unhelpful and very difficult distraction for colleagues."
Asked if she accepted that she had done something wrong, Ms Miller answered: "I have made it clear and apologised unreservedly to the House of Commons and made sure that it was clear to everybody that I took full responsibility for those findings.
"I want to make sure that the situation is clear to everybody and make sure that I can move on".
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.