National newspaper reports that Basingstoke MP will have to apologise for claims on Wimbledon second home

Basingstoke Gazette: Maria Miller will 'have to repay thousands' over expenses claims Maria Miller will 'have to repay thousands' over expenses claims

BASINGSTOKE MP Maria Miller will have to repay thousands of pounds and apologise over expenses claims, it is reported.

An investigation was launched in December 2012 by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, into Mrs Miller's claims of £90,718 for her second home in Wimbledon, where her parents also lived.

The Daily Telegraph has today reported that the Culture Secretary will have to repay up to £5,000 and will be censured for her claims when the inquiry concludes.

The paper reports that the Parliamentary Commissioner has concluded that the arrangement did not lead to Mrs Miller benefitting financially.

However, it also reports that the Commissioner is unlikely to have been aware that Mrs Miller has made a profit of more than £1million on the property which is at the centre of the investigation into expenses claims she made between 2005 and 2009.

The house, which was bought for £234,000 in 1995, was sold on Valentine’s Day this year for £1.47million, the Telegraph said.

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

The article, which was published by The Daily Telegraph, claimed that having her parents live with her had put Mrs Miller at “odds with parliamentary rules”.

It 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.

A final report is expected to be published before the Easter break on April 10.

A statement on the committee's website said no further announcement on the matter was expected before Wednesday, April 2 "at the earliest".

The Standards Committee can recommend that an MP is suspended for serious breaches, as well as a repayment of money, an apology or a personal statement.

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 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.”

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10:38am Sat 29 Mar 14

radders19 says...

So, she will have to "repay up to £5000". Considering what she has done, this is no more than a token gesture. Disgraceful
So, she will have to "repay up to £5000". Considering what she has done, this is no more than a token gesture. Disgraceful radders19
  • Score: 48

1:41pm Sat 29 Mar 14

popleyrebel2 says...

Quote from the Telegraph,
“The Culture Secretary abused the Parliamentary expenses system by over-claiming for her mortgage and then failing to fully co-operate with an investigation into her conduct” un-quote

The exposure of Maria Millers MP expenses is not down to the freedom of the press it’s down to good investigative journalism and therefore the Gazette must follow through and hold our MP to account by asking some very serious questions, if Miller refuses to answer them “print it”
Miller has had a charmed life, one national paper called her the dud of Westminster.
Miller picked the pockets of the disabled whilst cozying up to Ian Duncan Smith, the woman has no conscience.
The Council should hold and inquiry in to the links between Miller and the property developer and her ex land lord Nigel McNair Scott.
Quote from the Telegraph, “The Culture Secretary abused the Parliamentary expenses system by over-claiming for her mortgage and then failing to fully co-operate with an investigation into her conduct” un-quote The exposure of Maria Millers MP expenses is not down to the freedom of the press it’s down to good investigative journalism and therefore the Gazette must follow through and hold our MP to account by asking some very serious questions, if Miller refuses to answer them “print it” Miller has had a charmed life, one national paper called her the dud of Westminster. Miller picked the pockets of the disabled whilst cozying up to Ian Duncan Smith, the woman has no conscience. The Council should hold and inquiry in to the links between Miller and the property developer and her ex land lord Nigel McNair Scott. popleyrebel2
  • Score: 42

4:44pm Sat 29 Mar 14

stevemac1970 says...

So the next thing we must consider is if this is the reason why we never got MP recall that the Tories were trumpeting they would bring in as some sort of flagship policy.
So the next thing we must consider is if this is the reason why we never got MP recall that the Tories were trumpeting they would bring in as some sort of flagship policy. stevemac1970
  • Score: -1

8:04pm Sat 29 Mar 14

asdesign says...

Many 'normal' employees would have been sacked for much less misconduct than she has shown. As a person who voted for her last time, I would feel much less inclined to in the future. I think her conduct has been shameful.
Many 'normal' employees would have been sacked for much less misconduct than she has shown. As a person who voted for her last time, I would feel much less inclined to in the future. I think her conduct has been shameful. asdesign
  • Score: 39

9:34am Sun 30 Mar 14

popleyrebel2 says...

Miller stayed within the maximum she could claim without raising suspicion by £115, she remortgaged her 2nd home at the tax payer expense, and to rub salt in to the taxpayers wound she sold it making a profit of more than £1million.
This was no genuine mistake, this was con. Had this been a single mother or a family struggling on housing benefit then Duncan Smith would calling for a prison sentence.
Miller stayed within the maximum she could claim without raising suspicion by £115, she remortgaged her 2nd home at the tax payer expense, and to rub salt in to the taxpayers wound she sold it making a profit of more than £1million. This was no genuine mistake, this was con. Had this been a single mother or a family struggling on housing benefit then Duncan Smith would calling for a prison sentence. popleyrebel2
  • Score: 31

9:34am Sun 30 Mar 14

Peter H. says...

Its 50 minutes to Waterloo and a 10 minute walk to the Commons. I hardly imagine Wimbledon is much quicker. Hundreds of commuters make similar or longer journeys and few can claim expenses.

Regardless of party, this is shameless behaviour by an MP who hardly exudes competence and I’m mystified that the local party allowed this.

One would hope at the very least the local Party Chairman would set up a re-selection process and let ordinary party members have a say – but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Perhaps if enough of you in her constituency email the local party (and copy your Councillor too) demanding action, someone will listen:

bca.agent@basingstok
econservatives.org.u
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Its 50 minutes to Waterloo and a 10 minute walk to the Commons. I hardly imagine Wimbledon is much quicker. Hundreds of commuters make similar or longer journeys and few can claim expenses. Regardless of party, this is shameless behaviour by an MP who hardly exudes competence and I’m mystified that the local party allowed this. One would hope at the very least the local Party Chairman would set up a re-selection process and let ordinary party members have a say – but I wouldn’t hold my breath. Perhaps if enough of you in her constituency email the local party (and copy your Councillor too) demanding action, someone will listen: bca.agent@basingstok econservatives.org.u k Peter H.
  • Score: 31

2:02pm Sun 30 Mar 14

HateCorruption says...

Could someone - perhaps the highminded Ms Miller herself - give me the slightest inkling why being rumbled getting extraordinarily rich by systematically abusing the parliamentary expenses system, i.e. ordinary folks that pay their taxes - at a time that most working people are struggling to keep a roof over their heads and feed and clothe their kids - is not a matter that any person with the minimum degree of principle, should resign their seat over, and give their screwed-over constituents the right to elect a member of parliament that is honest and can be trusted.
I am appalled that the sanction on crafty, get-rich-quick, dishonest and disreputable MP's of ALL parties, is simply making an apology to "the house", paying back a disproportionately tiny ammount of the money taken, and avoiding Westminster's taxpayer subsidised restaurants and bars for a few days until the fuss has died down.
I have worked in both the public sector and in the private sector for companies large or small. In none of them would a transgressor keep their job. They'd be sacked in disgrace, denied a reference and the proceeds of the abuse would have to be repaid IN FULL.
Please someone, tell me why members of parliament continue to get off with it.
Could someone - perhaps the highminded Ms Miller herself - give me the slightest inkling why being rumbled getting extraordinarily rich by systematically abusing the parliamentary expenses system, i.e. ordinary folks that pay their taxes - at a time that most working people are struggling to keep a roof over their heads and feed and clothe their kids - is not a matter that any person with the minimum degree of principle, should resign their seat over, and give their screwed-over constituents the right to elect a member of parliament that is honest and can be trusted. I am appalled that the sanction on crafty, get-rich-quick, dishonest and disreputable MP's of ALL parties, is simply making an apology to "the house", paying back a disproportionately tiny ammount of the money taken, and avoiding Westminster's taxpayer subsidised restaurants and bars for a few days until the fuss has died down. I have worked in both the public sector and in the private sector for companies large or small. In none of them would a transgressor keep their job. They'd be sacked in disgrace, denied a reference and the proceeds of the abuse would have to be repaid IN FULL. Please someone, tell me why members of parliament continue to get off with it. HateCorruption
  • Score: 38

11:40pm Sun 30 Mar 14

EMW says...

So yet another MP snuffling in the trough is caught out!
Repaying £5,000 is a joke and an insult to the British taxpayer.
I wonder just how many get away with ripping the electorate off?
It really is time for a huge change at Westminster to rid ourselves of the self serving pigs that infest Parliament.
Change is coming however and as a teed off voter I'm looking to the fresh, direct approach of UKIP for the future!
So yet another MP snuffling in the trough is caught out! Repaying £5,000 is a joke and an insult to the British taxpayer. I wonder just how many get away with ripping the electorate off? It really is time for a huge change at Westminster to rid ourselves of the self serving pigs that infest Parliament. Change is coming however and as a teed off voter I'm looking to the fresh, direct approach of UKIP for the future! EMW
  • Score: 23

11:58pm Sun 30 Mar 14

CineEngineer says...

As I have commented before. Public flogging is what this bag of trash deserves.
As I have commented before. Public flogging is what this bag of trash deserves. CineEngineer
  • Score: 12

8:06am Mon 31 Mar 14

jonone says...

Conservatives need to drop her as soon as possible and get a local candidate installed well before the next election. She is handing votes on a plate to the opposition. Whilst hell would have to freeze over before I vote Labour due to their hatred of working families, the Lib Dems are a no go for having no actual policies and you'd have to be an idiot to vote UKIP as Farage thinks Vladimir Putin is a paragon of political virtue, Miller would make any sane person question voting Conservative.
Conservatives need to drop her as soon as possible and get a local candidate installed well before the next election. She is handing votes on a plate to the opposition. Whilst hell would have to freeze over before I vote Labour due to their hatred of working families, the Lib Dems are a no go for having no actual policies and you'd have to be an idiot to vote UKIP as Farage thinks Vladimir Putin is a paragon of political virtue, Miller would make any sane person question voting Conservative. jonone
  • Score: 15

10:56am Mon 31 Mar 14

popleyrebel2 says...

Quote from the Telegraph
“The Culture Secretary abused the Parliamentary expenses system by over-claiming for her mortgage and then failing to fully co-operate with an investigation into her conduct”

Again, if this was Joe public the consequences would be very serious, therefore, how can Miller maintain her position. what has discussed more than most is the fact that Miller treated the disabled and those less well off with no compassion at all whilst destroying their lives knowing full well that she had milked the system to its full.
She must go.
Quote from the Telegraph “The Culture Secretary abused the Parliamentary expenses system by over-claiming for her mortgage and then failing to fully co-operate with an investigation into her conduct” Again, if this was Joe public the consequences would be very serious, therefore, how can Miller maintain her position. what has discussed more than most is the fact that Miller treated the disabled and those less well off with no compassion at all whilst destroying their lives knowing full well that she had milked the system to its full. She must go. popleyrebel2
  • Score: 32

11:51am Mon 31 Mar 14

jonone says...

popleyrebel2 wrote:
Quote from the Telegraph “The Culture Secretary abused the Parliamentary expenses system by over-claiming for her mortgage and then failing to fully co-operate with an investigation into her conduct” Again, if this was Joe public the consequences would be very serious, therefore, how can Miller maintain her position. what has discussed more than most is the fact that Miller treated the disabled and those less well off with no compassion at all whilst destroying their lives knowing full well that she had milked the system to its full. She must go.
Don't often agree with you, but this time I certainly do!
[quote][p][bold]popleyrebel2[/bold] wrote: Quote from the Telegraph “The Culture Secretary abused the Parliamentary expenses system by over-claiming for her mortgage and then failing to fully co-operate with an investigation into her conduct” Again, if this was Joe public the consequences would be very serious, therefore, how can Miller maintain her position. what has discussed more than most is the fact that Miller treated the disabled and those less well off with no compassion at all whilst destroying their lives knowing full well that she had milked the system to its full. She must go.[/p][/quote]Don't often agree with you, but this time I certainly do! jonone
  • Score: 15

12:21pm Mon 31 Mar 14

popleyrebel2 says...

This is not about party politics or any hidden agenda, we talking about one greedy, crafty, MP that has conned the public purse without any remorse at the same time however, sitting back and publicly destroyed people’s lives.
What I’m about to say has always caused controversy, but the Gazette must take her on, they don’t just owe it to their readers but their prize asset (freedom of the press) Miller is damaged goods, stop her setting her own agenda.
This is not about party politics or any hidden agenda, we talking about one greedy, crafty, MP that has conned the public purse without any remorse at the same time however, sitting back and publicly destroyed people’s lives. What I’m about to say has always caused controversy, but the Gazette must take her on, they don’t just owe it to their readers but their prize asset (freedom of the press) Miller is damaged goods, stop her setting her own agenda. popleyrebel2
  • Score: 31

3:59pm Mon 31 Mar 14

CineEngineer says...

popleyrebel2 wrote:
This is not about party politics or any hidden agenda, we talking about one greedy, crafty, MP that has conned the public purse without any remorse at the same time however, sitting back and publicly destroyed people’s lives.
What I’m about to say has always caused controversy, but the Gazette must take her on, they don’t just owe it to their readers but their prize asset (freedom of the press) Miller is damaged goods, stop her setting her own agenda.
Miller is worse than damaged goods. She is tainted with greed. That smug look on her face needs removing permanently!
[quote][p][bold]popleyrebel2[/bold] wrote: This is not about party politics or any hidden agenda, we talking about one greedy, crafty, MP that has conned the public purse without any remorse at the same time however, sitting back and publicly destroyed people’s lives. What I’m about to say has always caused controversy, but the Gazette must take her on, they don’t just owe it to their readers but their prize asset (freedom of the press) Miller is damaged goods, stop her setting her own agenda.[/p][/quote]Miller is worse than damaged goods. She is tainted with greed. That smug look on her face needs removing permanently! CineEngineer
  • Score: 20

4:37pm Mon 31 Mar 14

The Champion says...

It seems that that if you are a MP (who should actually be leading by example) you get a slap on the wrist for misusing public funds whereas the rest of us would be hauled before a judge. She's not even a competent politician. All in it together? I don't think so!
It seems that that if you are a MP (who should actually be leading by example) you get a slap on the wrist for misusing public funds whereas the rest of us would be hauled before a judge. She's not even a competent politician. All in it together? I don't think so! The Champion
  • Score: 23

7:05pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Tommyboy69 says...

She should be sacked, And we have a bye election For UKIP to win the seat.
She should be sacked, And we have a bye election For UKIP to win the seat. Tommyboy69
  • Score: 11

7:36am Tue 1 Apr 14

jodagriff says...

I emailed Miller before the last election asking for an assurance, in the light of the expenses scandal, that she was not involved in anything untoward. She categorically stated that all her claims were in order. I did not believe her and did not vote for her. How right I was!
I emailed Miller before the last election asking for an assurance, in the light of the expenses scandal, that she was not involved in anything untoward. She categorically stated that all her claims were in order. I did not believe her and did not vote for her. How right I was! jodagriff
  • Score: 20

11:53am Tue 1 Apr 14

jonone says...

Tommyboy69 wrote:
She should be sacked, And we have a bye election For UKIP to win the seat.
Agree with the first point, vehemently disagree with the second.
[quote][p][bold]Tommyboy69[/bold] wrote: She should be sacked, And we have a bye election For UKIP to win the seat.[/p][/quote]Agree with the first point, vehemently disagree with the second. jonone
  • Score: 9

2:56pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Opinions_opinions says...

What hasn't been mentioned, or from what I can see, is that Maria Miller never actually owned a home in Basingstoke. She was allegedly renting, although I would love to see the rent book and the money paper trail of her actually paying the rent in the cottage in Old Basing. So she was in effect stating that her main residence in London was her second home, even though she spent most of her time there, was where all her family lived, worked and went to School. So in reality it wasn't her second home, it was her primary address. Yet WE were paying for the upkeep of that main residence. Why hasn't anyone from the media asked those questions ? Why hasn't the Gazette that has known about this for many years, published the story ? She needs to go and she needs to go soon. She didn't need a second home in London as it is 45 minutes to Waterloo and then a 5 minute train or 15 minute walk to Westminster. We have been conned, she has been caught, and nothing will happen. Disgraceful.
What hasn't been mentioned, or from what I can see, is that Maria Miller never actually owned a home in Basingstoke. She was allegedly renting, although I would love to see the rent book and the money paper trail of her actually paying the rent in the cottage in Old Basing. So she was in effect stating that her main residence in London was her second home, even though she spent most of her time there, was where all her family lived, worked and went to School. So in reality it wasn't her second home, it was her primary address. Yet WE were paying for the upkeep of that main residence. Why hasn't anyone from the media asked those questions ? Why hasn't the Gazette that has known about this for many years, published the story ? She needs to go and she needs to go soon. She didn't need a second home in London as it is 45 minutes to Waterloo and then a 5 minute train or 15 minute walk to Westminster. We have been conned, she has been caught, and nothing will happen. Disgraceful. Opinions_opinions
  • Score: 23

3:17pm Tue 1 Apr 14

popleyrebel2 says...

Opinion, quote from the Gazette.
“The Daily Telegraph has also published further allegations today about Mrs Miller, claiming she lived in rented north Hampshire properties subsidised by local Tory grandee Nigel McNair Scott. It says her rent was heavily discounted during the period. The paper claims that the arrangement was not declared to Whitehall mandarins and that this set up a potential conflict of interest, as Mr McNair Scott, who has been both treasurer and chairman of Basingstoke Conservatives, is chairman of national property company Helical Bar, which is based in London. Mrs Miller, the paper says, left the second property she rented from Mr McNair Scott, in September 2010. The MP said the properties were rented through normal commercial arrangements and “wholly proper and above board”. Mr McNair Scott has said the rentals were negotiated at arm’s length “on an entirely professional basis”.

This was taken from the Gazette 13th December 2012, The Gazette has been aware of Millers activity and close friendship with the McNair Scotts furthermore Mr. McNair Scott is chairman of development Company his wife resigned her post as Cllr due to conflict of interest over Deeside.
Therefore, unless the Gazette get stuck in to this story we will never know the truth.
Opinion, quote from the Gazette. “The Daily Telegraph has also published further allegations today about Mrs Miller, claiming she lived in rented north Hampshire properties subsidised by local Tory grandee Nigel McNair Scott. It says her rent was heavily discounted during the period. The paper claims that the arrangement was not declared to Whitehall mandarins and that this set up a potential conflict of interest, as Mr McNair Scott, who has been both treasurer and chairman of Basingstoke Conservatives, is chairman of national property company Helical Bar, which is based in London. Mrs Miller, the paper says, left the second property she rented from Mr McNair Scott, in September 2010. The MP said the properties were rented through normal commercial arrangements and “wholly proper and above board”. Mr McNair Scott has said the rentals were negotiated at arm’s length “on an entirely professional basis”. This was taken from the Gazette 13th December 2012, The Gazette has been aware of Millers activity and close friendship with the McNair Scotts furthermore Mr. McNair Scott is chairman of development Company his wife resigned her post as Cllr due to conflict of interest over Deeside. Therefore, unless the Gazette get stuck in to this story we will never know the truth. popleyrebel2
  • Score: 11

3:51pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Opinions_opinions says...

So is it within the rules to have a rented first home , which is heavily subsidised by a Tory Grandee, and then have a second home, which is owned and was owned prior to becoming MP for Basingstoke ? Is there a way of finding out if Maria Miller was ever on the Basingstoke Electoral Role ?

This is a scandal that needs an independent reporter to look into and gather the evidence,(and there is plenty of it), and then have it presented publicly for her to answer. She needs to go and pay back the profits from her primary home that you and I have been paying for for so many years.
So is it within the rules to have a rented first home , which is heavily subsidised by a Tory Grandee, and then have a second home, which is owned and was owned prior to becoming MP for Basingstoke ? Is there a way of finding out if Maria Miller was ever on the Basingstoke Electoral Role ? This is a scandal that needs an independent reporter to look into and gather the evidence,(and there is plenty of it), and then have it presented publicly for her to answer. She needs to go and pay back the profits from her primary home that you and I have been paying for for so many years. Opinions_opinions
  • Score: 22

11:48am Wed 2 Apr 14

jonone says...

popleyrebel2 wrote:
Opinion, quote from the Gazette. “The Daily Telegraph has also published further allegations today about Mrs Miller, claiming she lived in rented north Hampshire properties subsidised by local Tory grandee Nigel McNair Scott. It says her rent was heavily discounted during the period. The paper claims that the arrangement was not declared to Whitehall mandarins and that this set up a potential conflict of interest, as Mr McNair Scott, who has been both treasurer and chairman of Basingstoke Conservatives, is chairman of national property company Helical Bar, which is based in London. Mrs Miller, the paper says, left the second property she rented from Mr McNair Scott, in September 2010. The MP said the properties were rented through normal commercial arrangements and “wholly proper and above board”. Mr McNair Scott has said the rentals were negotiated at arm’s length “on an entirely professional basis”. This was taken from the Gazette 13th December 2012, The Gazette has been aware of Millers activity and close friendship with the McNair Scotts furthermore Mr. McNair Scott is chairman of development Company his wife resigned her post as Cllr due to conflict of interest over Deeside. Therefore, unless the Gazette get stuck in to this story we will never know the truth.
I don't know who the Gazette's owner or editor is, but am guess they are a Conservative supporter and as such extremely reluctant to get involved with questioning Miller about anything.

As a Conservative supporter myself, Miller needs to be kicked out and a local candidate brought in who actually has Basingstoke interests at heart.

I understand some would call for a by-election and technically, that is the right thing to do, but voting would be unavoidably tainted by Miller's behaviour.
[quote][p][bold]popleyrebel2[/bold] wrote: Opinion, quote from the Gazette. “The Daily Telegraph has also published further allegations today about Mrs Miller, claiming she lived in rented north Hampshire properties subsidised by local Tory grandee Nigel McNair Scott. It says her rent was heavily discounted during the period. The paper claims that the arrangement was not declared to Whitehall mandarins and that this set up a potential conflict of interest, as Mr McNair Scott, who has been both treasurer and chairman of Basingstoke Conservatives, is chairman of national property company Helical Bar, which is based in London. Mrs Miller, the paper says, left the second property she rented from Mr McNair Scott, in September 2010. The MP said the properties were rented through normal commercial arrangements and “wholly proper and above board”. Mr McNair Scott has said the rentals were negotiated at arm’s length “on an entirely professional basis”. This was taken from the Gazette 13th December 2012, The Gazette has been aware of Millers activity and close friendship with the McNair Scotts furthermore Mr. McNair Scott is chairman of development Company his wife resigned her post as Cllr due to conflict of interest over Deeside. Therefore, unless the Gazette get stuck in to this story we will never know the truth.[/p][/quote]I don't know who the Gazette's owner or editor is, but am guess they are a Conservative supporter and as such extremely reluctant to get involved with questioning Miller about anything. As a Conservative supporter myself, Miller needs to be kicked out and a local candidate brought in who actually has Basingstoke interests at heart. I understand some would call for a by-election and technically, that is the right thing to do, but voting would be unavoidably tainted by Miller's behaviour. jonone
  • Score: 12

11:49am Wed 2 Apr 14

JJ38JJ says...

I wonder if the odds are greater on her getting a cushy job in Brussels or a seat in the House of Lords just before the next election?
I wonder if the odds are greater on her getting a cushy job in Brussels or a seat in the House of Lords just before the next election? JJ38JJ
  • Score: 10

12:41pm Wed 2 Apr 14

popleyrebel2 says...

Miller has never been challenged by the Gazette, Miller talks about freedom of the press then tried to use her position in government to silence them over her expenses, therefore, you can only come to one conclusion that Gazette is clearly a Tory paper and that’s sad for freedom of the press.
Putting aside party politics and study the evidence against Miller you must come to the conclusion that this case is by far the best organised/ premeditated attempt to cheat the system.
Jeffey Archer would struggle to write a better script.
To make matters worse, we were criticised by a Tory Cllr when the story broke and I quote.

Robert Donnell says...
It is a shame that people here on this site are prepared to judge without knowing the full facts. It is also very sad that the press (not the Gazette) have chosen to intrude into Maria’s family and subject her family to the questioning. Maria is rightly private about her family – she entered politics not her parents or children.
Knowing Maria and her dedication to service and the people of Basingstoke, I am sure that the independent enquiry will resolve all of this and show that she has abided by the rules and been above board at all times.

I think the Cllr might be regretting that now. However he was right about the Gazette.
Miller has never been challenged by the Gazette, Miller talks about freedom of the press then tried to use her position in government to silence them over her expenses, therefore, you can only come to one conclusion that Gazette is clearly a Tory paper and that’s sad for freedom of the press. Putting aside party politics and study the evidence against Miller you must come to the conclusion that this case is by far the best organised/ premeditated attempt to cheat the system. Jeffey Archer would struggle to write a better script. To make matters worse, we were criticised by a Tory Cllr when the story broke and I quote. Robert Donnell says... It is a shame that people here on this site are prepared to judge without knowing the full facts. It is also very sad that the press (not the Gazette) have chosen to intrude into Maria’s family and subject her family to the questioning. Maria is rightly private about her family – she entered politics not her parents or children. Knowing Maria and her dedication to service and the people of Basingstoke, I am sure that the independent enquiry will resolve all of this and show that she has abided by the rules and been above board at all times. I think the Cllr might be regretting that now. However he was right about the Gazette. popleyrebel2
  • Score: 10

5:24pm Wed 2 Apr 14

robertspet8 says...

I am certain that Maria Miller is a very clever lady. She hardly ever speaks to the media except under conditions set by her or her office. She gave some awful interviews when first promoted from the back benches and I think central office keep her away from the press as much as possible. She has been found out in her expenses claims and I am certain that, except for a few carefully worded releases, she will not do any interview where there is a danger of the subject being raised. If she will not even talk to the national press or TV how do readers expect The Gazette, with its very limited resources, to break down the wall of silence? It cannot afford to have a journalist camped on her doorstep, even on the off chance of a major scoop. Even if they got their scoop it would be taken up and run with by the national media and The Gazette would be famous for 15 minutes and would not have sold hardly any more papers.
Unfortunately I believe that even if Maria Miller remains as the tory candidate for this constituency at the next election they will still win.
As for The Gazette being controlled by Torys, I have looked up the people on Newsquest's board and four of them previously worked for parts of the media which are regarded as left wing, such as the BBC and Trinity Mirror.
I am certain that Maria Miller is a very clever lady. She hardly ever speaks to the media except under conditions set by her or her office. She gave some awful interviews when first promoted from the back benches and I think central office keep her away from the press as much as possible. She has been found out in her expenses claims and I am certain that, except for a few carefully worded releases, she will not do any interview where there is a danger of the subject being raised. If she will not even talk to the national press or TV how do readers expect The Gazette, with its very limited resources, to break down the wall of silence? It cannot afford to have a journalist camped on her doorstep, even on the off chance of a major scoop. Even if they got their scoop it would be taken up and run with by the national media and The Gazette would be famous for 15 minutes and would not have sold hardly any more papers. Unfortunately I believe that even if Maria Miller remains as the tory candidate for this constituency at the next election they will still win. As for The Gazette being controlled by Torys, I have looked up the people on Newsquest's board and four of them previously worked for parts of the media which are regarded as left wing, such as the BBC and Trinity Mirror. robertspet8
  • Score: 12

12:38am Fri 4 Apr 14

Jollsybottom says...

I am a criminal defence solicitor working mainly in Basingstoke. This government seeks to portray me as a 'fat cat'. It is cutting my rates of pay by 24%. These rates have not gone up since the mid 1990s. At the same time this minister has dishonestly received well over 4 times the total value of my house. The PMs response? Total support.
I am a criminal defence solicitor working mainly in Basingstoke. This government seeks to portray me as a 'fat cat'. It is cutting my rates of pay by 24%. These rates have not gone up since the mid 1990s. At the same time this minister has dishonestly received well over 4 times the total value of my house. The PMs response? Total support. Jollsybottom
  • Score: 13

10:03am Fri 4 Apr 14

Ladybird24 says...

To Maria Miller £5000 is not a lot of money, especially after what has gone on.She has not been honest, who can trust her now? Maybe it is time she resigned!!!
To Maria Miller £5000 is not a lot of money, especially after what has gone on.She has not been honest, who can trust her now? Maybe it is time she resigned!!! Ladybird24
  • Score: 14

7:14pm Fri 4 Apr 14

nesspah says...

I agree - clearly a pompous woman with a severe lack of morals who is so impressed with herself that she has absolutely no understanding of how the people in the constituency view her.

Equally distateful is that the Conservative Party are backing her. With UKIP about to really damage them in the May elections it would surely have been better tactics to sack her.

Why did we do away with the Stocks and the Ducking Stool ? It might have been a tool to force these MP's to grasp how much the public despise them.

Hopefully the Daily Mail will now have another go at this smug woman.
I agree - clearly a pompous woman with a severe lack of morals who is so impressed with herself that she has absolutely no understanding of how the people in the constituency view her. Equally distateful is that the Conservative Party are backing her. With UKIP about to really damage them in the May elections it would surely have been better tactics to sack her. Why did we do away with the Stocks and the Ducking Stool ? It might have been a tool to force these MP's to grasp how much the public despise them. Hopefully the Daily Mail will now have another go at this smug woman. nesspah
  • Score: 10

11:38am Sat 5 Apr 14

markw52 says...

It has become apparent that the (Tory) Gazette has been under-playing the Maria Miller expenses scandal. NOW! Will they speak out on behalf of the people of Basingstoke and demand that she resigns her seat! Otherwise she will face the humiliation of loosing her deposit at the next election!
It has become apparent that the (Tory) Gazette has been under-playing the Maria Miller expenses scandal. NOW! Will they speak out on behalf of the people of Basingstoke and demand that she resigns her seat! Otherwise she will face the humiliation of loosing her deposit at the next election! markw52
  • Score: 5

12:53pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Angry of Basingstoke says...

This woman is a national scandal.

She has disgraced Basingstoke, herself and her party.

The Tory Party in Basingstoke must do something about this or they too will be tarnished with the same brush as herself. She must be deselected, she has been found guilty and yet I suspect more charges are going to go her way. Does she have to go to prison before we deselect her? I do not want her to be my representative, yes I voted for her, I really really wish I hadn't.
This woman is a national scandal. She has disgraced Basingstoke, herself and her party. The Tory Party in Basingstoke must do something about this or they too will be tarnished with the same brush as herself. She must be deselected, she has been found guilty and yet I suspect more charges are going to go her way. Does she have to go to prison before we deselect her? I do not want her to be my representative, yes I voted for her, I really really wish I hadn't. Angry of Basingstoke
  • Score: 5

1:17pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Angry of Basingstoke says...

I see it highly likely she will be investigate by the Metropolitan Police.

Things seem to be moving quickly and inexorably for Maria Miller. Note to the Gazette this really ought to be your HEADLINE news. This woman is creating damage to Basingstoke too. The Conservative Association must show some moral leadership here? Surely they cannot back her?
I see it highly likely she will be investigate by the Metropolitan Police. Things seem to be moving quickly and inexorably for Maria Miller. Note to the Gazette this really ought to be your HEADLINE news. This woman is creating damage to Basingstoke too. The Conservative Association must show some moral leadership here? Surely they cannot back her? Angry of Basingstoke
  • Score: 4

10:59am Mon 7 Apr 14

Average Voter says...

Her behaviour throughout this long drawn out affair has been terrible.
She has gained an enormous amount of money.
Morally she has lost everything
Her behaviour throughout this long drawn out affair has been terrible. She has gained an enormous amount of money. Morally she has lost everything Average Voter
  • Score: 2

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