PM to put Miller row behind him with Europe campaign

David Cameron will attempt to put the Maria Miller expenses row and questions about his handling of the case behind him as he launches his party's campaign for next month's European elections.

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Farage to speak in Miller's constituency tonight

Nigel Farage will be speaking at a Ukip meeting in Maria Miller's Basingstoke constituency tonight, the party's director of communications has said on Twitter:

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Maria Miller: I want to make sure that I can move on

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".

Miller resigned as situation was 'enormous distraction'

Maria Miller said she decided to resign her position as Culture Secretary as her situation had become an "enormous distraction" to the Government and its achievements.

Miller said: "This has been a really difficult 16 months - because I was cleared of the central allegation made about me by a Labour Member of Parliament, I hoped that I could stay.

Former Culture Secretary Maria Miller. Credit: Pool

"But it has become clear to me that it has become an enormous distraction. It is not right that I am distracting from the incredible achievements of this Government."

It was the first time Miller has spoken publicly since her resignation as Culture Secretary was announced earlier this morning.

Gove: Miller's resignation 'entirely' her own decision

Michael Gove told BBC Radio 4's Today programme. Credit: PA

Maria Miller's resignation was "entirely" her own decision, cabinet colleague Michael Gove has said.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, the Education Secretary said he had been told David Cameron put no pressure on the Culture Secretary to stand down.

Asked if Mrs Miller had been forced out of her job as the result of a media 'witch hunt', Mr Gove said: "I wouldn't criticise the press".

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Maria Miller called PM to resign last night

Maria Miller rang David Cameron to resign last night following a state banquet in honour of Irish President Michael D Higgins, ITV News Westminster news editor Samana Haq reports:

Labour: PM's judgement 'found wanting' over Miller

A Labour Party spokesperson has responded to Maria Miller's resignation with the following statement:

“Itis welcome that Maria Miller has finally done the right thing. By resigning shehas recognised that the public expect and deserve the highest standards frompoliticians.

“Labour said all along that you cannot have one rule for a Cabinet minister and one rule for everybody else.

“That it came to this raises questions for David Cameron whose judgement has been found wanting. Yet again he has shown himself to be out of touch and a prime minister who only stands up for one of his own".

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