Report into Basingstoke MP Maria Miller to be published today

Report into Basingstoke MP Maria Miller to be published today

Report into Basingstoke MP Maria Miller to be published today

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BASINGSTOKE MP Maria Miller may be ordered to pay back £5,000 and apologise when an investigation into her expenses is published today.

The report, which is set to be published at 11am by the Commons standard committee, will detail the findings of the investigation launched in December 2012 by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards into Mrs Miller’s claims of £90,718 for her second home in Wimbledon during 2005 and 2009, where her parents also lived.

There have been reports in the national press that the Culture Secretary will have to repay up to £5,000 in excess claims and there is speculation that Mrs Miller may be criticised for an initial failure to cooperate with the inquiry and ordered to apologise to the Commons.

Mrs Miller had visited Stroud MP Neil Carmichael last week to see the introduction of high-speed broadband in the area.

Last week, it was reported that Mrs Miller and her husband made a profit of more than £1million on the property, which was sold in February. Despite the controversy, the MP is expected to keep her position as Culture Secretary in Prime Minister, David Cameron’s cabinet.

The investigation into Mrs Miller’s claims was launched after a complaint was made by Labour MP John Mann, a day after a newspaper report in The Daily Telegraph, detailed Mrs Miller’s expenses claims for mortgage interest payments, utilities and council tax.

That article claimed that having her parents live with her had put Mrs Miller at “odds with parliamentary rules” and added that the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner had ruled that second homes must be used “exclusively” by MPs fulfilling their parliamentary duty.

Mr Mann likened Mrs Miller’s second home claims to those of the former Labour minister Tony McNulty, who was ordered to pay back more than £13,000 of expenses claimed for a second home occupied by his parents in 2009.

Mrs Miller has always maintained that her claims are “absolutely in order” and “in complete accordance with the rules”.

In a statement previously sent to The Gazette, she said: “For a considerable time before I entered politics, my parents have lived with me, my husband and our children as part of the family.

I have always been open about these arrangements.”

A spokesman for Mrs Miller this week told The Gazette: “Maria has co-operated fully with the inquiry, asked for by the Labour Party, which has now been going on for a year-and-a-half amidst constant unfounded speculation. We hope it will conclude soon.”

He added: “It is not surprising that London houses go up in value well over a decade after they are first bought. It is also not unusual for people to move house.”

To read the final report, visit the Gazette website.

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11:26am Thu 3 Apr 14

deepinsight says...

£5,800 and a mealy-mouthed apology?

Just wait for the elections.....
£5,800 and a mealy-mouthed apology? Just wait for the elections..... deepinsight
  • Score: 17

1:31pm Thu 3 Apr 14

robertspet8 says...

deepinsight wrote:
£5,800 and a mealy-mouthed apology?

Just wait for the elections.....
It will all be forgotten by the time of the election. She will survive with a reduced majority.
[quote][p][bold]deepinsight[/bold] wrote: £5,800 and a mealy-mouthed apology? Just wait for the elections.....[/p][/quote]It will all be forgotten by the time of the election. She will survive with a reduced majority. robertspet8
  • Score: 3

2:31pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Opinions_opinions says...

Are the Gazette now going to start asking her some real questions ????

Don't hold your breath Basingstoke.

Here's a few they should consider.
1. Ms Miller. How long did you live in your London address before becoming MP for Basingstoke ?
2. Why, when you became MP, did you then declare you London home as your second home, even though you hadn't actually moved out of London ?
3. How much rent were you paying for the subsidised accommodation in Old Basing provided by the Tory Grandee?
4. Can we please see the rent book and the money transactions leaving your account for the rent ?
5. Why did you remortgage your London home and then charge those increased mortgage payments to the tax payer ?
6. How many nights have you spent in Basingstoke over the term of your office to date ?
7. Why do you think you are fit to represent the people of Basingstoke when you don't live there and never have lived there ?
8. Do you think it fair that you were parachuted into Basingstoke to stand for election because it is a safe seat rather than let a local Tory member stand ?

I am sure there are plenty more if I had the time to think.
Are the Gazette now going to start asking her some real questions ???? Don't hold your breath Basingstoke. Here's a few they should consider. 1. Ms Miller. How long did you live in your London address before becoming MP for Basingstoke ? 2. Why, when you became MP, did you then declare you London home as your second home, even though you hadn't actually moved out of London ? 3. How much rent were you paying for the subsidised accommodation in Old Basing provided by the Tory Grandee? 4. Can we please see the rent book and the money transactions leaving your account for the rent ? 5. Why did you remortgage your London home and then charge those increased mortgage payments to the tax payer ? 6. How many nights have you spent in Basingstoke over the term of your office to date ? 7. Why do you think you are fit to represent the people of Basingstoke when you don't live there and never have lived there ? 8. Do you think it fair that you were parachuted into Basingstoke to stand for election because it is a safe seat rather than let a local Tory member stand ? I am sure there are plenty more if I had the time to think. Opinions_opinions
  • Score: 21

8:03pm Thu 3 Apr 14

timsburyboy says...

I find this very,very sad.But also so very,very predictable.Another government minister caught defrauding the public purse. And if that was not bad enough,then attempting to hinder the enquiry,this is all truly shocking.To be allowed to simple repay a token sum of £5000 and then to add further insult engage in a pathetic rueful apology is just not good enough.I wonder if Mr Cameron has the integrity and backbone to deal with such a dishonest colleague( one he himself chose ).
I find this very,very sad.But also so very,very predictable.Another government minister caught defrauding the public purse. And if that was not bad enough,then attempting to hinder the enquiry,this is all truly shocking.To be allowed to simple repay a token sum of £5000 and then to add further insult engage in a pathetic rueful apology is just not good enough.I wonder if Mr Cameron has the integrity and backbone to deal with such a dishonest colleague( one he himself chose ). timsburyboy
  • Score: 13

10:52pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Alfie The Dog says...

Maybe the newspapers should be looking into the fact that Maria Miller purchased a property at Polecat Corner, Mapledurwell. She then used taxpayer money to totally renovate it. Then once the property was renovated, she sold it & moved somewhere else nearby. What a disgrace.
Maybe the newspapers should be looking into the fact that Maria Miller purchased a property at Polecat Corner, Mapledurwell. She then used taxpayer money to totally renovate it. Then once the property was renovated, she sold it & moved somewhere else nearby. What a disgrace. Alfie The Dog
  • Score: 11

10:53pm Thu 3 Apr 14

BugBear says...

The hypocritical gulf between the ‘scroungers’ hate language encouraged by the government against benefits claimants and expenses overclaim's by MPs themselves is revealing. While the vast majority of claimants are law abiding, the £1.2bn cost of fraud averages out at £55 across 22 million claimants. Contrast this with the £1.2m paid back from the Commons — an average of £1,858 per MP.

Miller’s case is compounded by her previous role as DWP minister for disabled people, where she ignored calls to address “outrageous and outlandish comments” from her senior colleagues — despite strong evidence that rhetoric on fraud and scroungers was leading to hate crime against disabled people.

Also please note: The commissioner for standards, Kathryn Hudson actually found Miller over-claimed by more than £40,000 yet her findings were overruled by the Commons standards committee who unlike the commissioner for standards are all politicians, they watered down the figures to £5,800 for the period 2008-09. The million pounds profit from the sale of her taxpayer subsided home were brushed under the carpet.

The government tried to deflect attention away from her contemptuous apology in parliament earlier today by using a smokescreen of the proposal to bring in plain cigarette packaging. Yet only last evening Sir Cyril Chantler told a press conference at the Department of Health that he only found out at 5pm last night that his plain packaging review would be released today. Reporters had been told yesterday afternoon that it would not be published for sometime.

These people are beyond belief, they a total disgrace. No wonder UKIP has struck a cord with ordinary British people, we are led by a totally corrupt and self serving elite who view us with total contempt and worse of all, really don't care.
The hypocritical gulf between the ‘scroungers’ hate language encouraged by the government against benefits claimants and expenses overclaim's by MPs themselves is revealing. While the vast majority of claimants are law abiding, the £1.2bn cost of fraud averages out at £55 across 22 million claimants. Contrast this with the £1.2m paid back from the Commons — an average of £1,858 per MP. Miller’s case is compounded by her previous role as DWP minister for disabled people, where she ignored calls to address “outrageous and outlandish comments” from her senior colleagues — despite strong evidence that rhetoric on fraud and scroungers was leading to hate crime against disabled people. Also please note: The commissioner for standards, Kathryn Hudson actually found Miller over-claimed by more than £40,000 yet her findings were overruled by the Commons standards committee who unlike the commissioner for standards are all politicians, they watered down the figures to £5,800 for the period 2008-09. The million pounds profit from the sale of her taxpayer subsided home were brushed under the carpet. The government tried to deflect attention away from her contemptuous apology in parliament earlier today by using a smokescreen of the proposal to bring in plain cigarette packaging. Yet only last evening Sir Cyril Chantler told a press conference at the Department of Health that he only found out at 5pm last night that his plain packaging review would be released today. Reporters had been told yesterday afternoon that it would not be published for sometime. These people are beyond belief, they a total disgrace. No wonder UKIP has struck a cord with ordinary British people, we are led by a totally corrupt and self serving elite who view us with total contempt and worse of all, really don't care. BugBear
  • Score: 8

4:59pm Fri 4 Apr 14

popleyrebel2 says...

“A Labour MP has written to Scotland Yard asking that they investigate Maria Miller over her parliamentary expenses.
Thomas Docherty, the MP for Dunfermline and West Fife, wrote to the Met's Assistant Commissioner, Mark Rowley, after the Culture Secretary escaped serious censure when a committee of MPs overruled an official inquiry into her expenses”

Marking your own homework has paid off for Miller, MPs are protecting her in order to prevent a further scandal, Miller was asked to pay back £45,000 however that was overturned by gutless MPs.
She treated the inquiry like criminal case, very little cooperation and talk to my lawyer, this was a con from start to finish and the police should be involved.
All the people she persecuted (disabled) whilst working alongside Ian Duncan Smith must have their day, she has brought disgrace to Basingstoke after using us to propel her political career, she is and always will be our dud, however we can live with that, once she’s gone.
“A Labour MP has written to Scotland Yard asking that they investigate Maria Miller over her parliamentary expenses. Thomas Docherty, the MP for Dunfermline and West Fife, wrote to the Met's Assistant Commissioner, Mark Rowley, after the Culture Secretary escaped serious censure when a committee of MPs overruled an official inquiry into her expenses” Marking your own homework has paid off for Miller, MPs are protecting her in order to prevent a further scandal, Miller was asked to pay back £45,000 however that was overturned by gutless MPs. She treated the inquiry like criminal case, very little cooperation and talk to my lawyer, this was a con from start to finish and the police should be involved. All the people she persecuted (disabled) whilst working alongside Ian Duncan Smith must have their day, she has brought disgrace to Basingstoke after using us to propel her political career, she is and always will be our dud, however we can live with that, once she’s gone. popleyrebel2
  • Score: 7

1:21pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Angry of Basingstoke says...

Could the Gazette do a large and fair opinion poll and let everyone know how much support this disgraceful woman has in the town she so-called represents?

Basingstoke residents must have more say in this woman's future. She isn't fit to be an MP anywhere in my opinion.
Could the Gazette do a large and fair opinion poll and let everyone know how much support this disgraceful woman has in the town she so-called represents? Basingstoke residents must have more say in this woman's future. She isn't fit to be an MP anywhere in my opinion. Angry of Basingstoke
  • Score: 7

7:33pm Sat 5 Apr 14

nesspah says...

This was OUR money that Miller chose to take.
This was OUR money that Miller chose to take. nesspah
  • Score: 4

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