Home Secretary Theresa May has been speaking of her disappointment at Maria Miller's resignation.
She told ITV News:
"I was very sorry to hear that Maria Miller had resigned. She has been an excellent colleague. I had worked with her on a number of issues and, as I say, I was sorry to see her leaving the cabinet."
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.