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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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Maria Miller urged to reject £17,000 payoff

Maria Miller is entitled to a payoff equivalent to three months' salary. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Maria Miller is being urged to reject a £17,000 payoff she can claim after quitting as Culture Secretary over her expenses.

Mrs Miller is eligible three months of her £67,000 ministerial salary, which comes on top of her parliamentary pay, by law but can decide not to take it.

Labour MP John Mann, who made the formal complaint over Mrs Miller's expenses, said accepting the cash would be a "further insult" to taxpayers.

"In light of Maria Miller's conduct, it would now be inappropriate for her to claim severance pay following her resignation. For her to accept a payoff would be a further insult to the taxpayer," Mr Mann said.

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