Scottish MP calls for Metropolitan police investigation into Basingstoke MP's expenses

Scottish MP calls for Metropolitan police investigation into Basingstoke MP's expenses

Scottish MP calls for Metropolitan police investigation into Basingstoke MP's expenses

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BASINGSTOKE MP Maria Miller could face a further inquiry into her expenses after a Scottish MP called for the Metropolitan Police to investigate her expense claims further.

As reported on The Gazette website, the Culture Secretary was cleared yesterday, of deliberately submitting expense claims that she was not entitled to for her second home but has been ordered to repay nearly £6,000 to cover the costs of over-claiming mortgage expenses on the second home after she failed to cut her claims as interest rates fell.

An investigation was launched in December 2012 by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, into Mrs Miller’s claims of £90,718 during 2005 and 2009, for her second home in Wimbledon where her parents also lived.

The inquiry began after a complaint was made by Labour MP for Bassetlaw, John Mann a day after a newspaper report was published detailing the Basingstoke MP’s expense claims for mortgage interest payments, utilities and council tax.

Mr Mann likened Mrs Miller’s second home claims to those of 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.

But despite the recommendation from Parliamentary Commissioner, Kathryn Hudson that Mrs Miller should pay back £44,000 which she estimates is the total sum of the overpayment, 10 MPs and three lay person on the committee on standards ordered the Basingstoke MP to pay back just £5,800.

In a letter to the Metropolitan Police which is published on The Daily Telegraph’s website, the MP for Dunfermline and West Fife, Thomas Docherty said: “Given the widely differing conclusions of the commission and the committee regarding the serious allegations made about Mrs Miller and the fact that both the commission and committee feel that Mrs Miller did not co-operate with the inquiry, I believe this matter warrants further investigation and I believe the Metropolitan Police and the appropriate body to carry out such as investigation.”

The Culture Secretary apologised to MPs in a short statement yesterday, which said: “The report resulted from an allegation made by the member for Bassetlaw. The committee has dismissed his allegation.

“The committee has recommended that I apologise to the House for my attitude to the Commissioner’s inquiries and I, of course, unreservedly apologise. I fully accept the recommendations of the committee and thank them for bringing this matter to an end.”

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7:45pm Fri 4 Apr 14

bettysenior says...

How a minister can stay in office when she purportedly made £1.5 million on a property where she claimed £90,000 of taxpayer’s funds and was made to pay back a measly £5,800, smacks at cronyism and a law for politicians and a law for the people. With the parliamentary committee (no matter whether they were independent members or not) exonerating her, things haven’t really changed now have they Mr. Cameron? I am not a misogynist either Prime Minister making these comments, just someone who unlike politicians, knows what’s right and what is wrong (my working-class parents brought me up that way and clearly others who should know better, do not).

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How a minister can stay in office when she purportedly made £1.5 million on a property where she claimed £90,000 of taxpayer’s funds and was made to pay back a measly £5,800, smacks at cronyism and a law for politicians and a law for the people. With the parliamentary committee (no matter whether they were independent members or not) exonerating her, things haven’t really changed now have they Mr. Cameron? I am not a misogynist either Prime Minister making these comments, just someone who unlike politicians, knows what’s right and what is wrong (my working-class parents brought me up that way and clearly others who should know better, do not). http://worldinnovati onfoundation.blogspo t.co.uk/2013/12/the- establishment-makes- amends-but_720.html Indeed the establishment has never really changed their mind-set and it is no wonder that democracy has died a death in reality in the UK when one considers the people are now just mere pawns in the political game of self-interest and personal fortune at the expense of the British people. Dr. David Hill CEO World Innovation Foundation bettysenior
  • Score: 27

8:44pm Fri 4 Apr 14

alan partridge says...

Aha!

Her political career is well & truly finished for 'pure greed'. Give the waste of space MP for Basingstoke a prison sentance to set an example. Good riddance Maria.
Aha! Her political career is well & truly finished for 'pure greed'. Give the waste of space MP for Basingstoke a prison sentance to set an example. Good riddance Maria. alan partridge
  • Score: 30

11:52am Sat 5 Apr 14

CineEngineer says...

Prison is too good for Miller. Public flogging is the only punishment for a low life such as her.
Prison is too good for Miller. Public flogging is the only punishment for a low life such as her. CineEngineer
  • Score: 18

12:46pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Angry of Basingstoke says...

A disgraceful woman, who has only one course to take, one honourable one and that is to resign.
She has smeared her reputation, threatened, been obstructive, haughty and had a cabal of Tory and other politicians get together to save her?
She has really damaged the name of Basingstoke, because almost all newspapers and political organisations seem to think that Basingstoke is the safest seat in the UK for a Tory. How appalling - and surely the people of Basingstoke should seek to deselect her. She should be going to prison not representing a modern, vibrant town?
She has been proved to be a thief of public funds, lives in Wimbledon, supports her parents? Basingstoke is just a public convenience to her. SHE MUST GO.
A disgraceful woman, who has only one course to take, one honourable one and that is to resign. She has smeared her reputation, threatened, been obstructive, haughty and had a cabal of Tory and other politicians get together to save her? She has really damaged the name of Basingstoke, because almost all newspapers and political organisations seem to think that Basingstoke is the safest seat in the UK for a Tory. How appalling - and surely the people of Basingstoke should seek to deselect her. She should be going to prison not representing a modern, vibrant town? She has been proved to be a thief of public funds, lives in Wimbledon, supports her parents? Basingstoke is just a public convenience to her. SHE MUST GO. Angry of Basingstoke
  • Score: 19

7:44pm Sat 5 Apr 14

nesspah says...

The above comments are all OK because it was Miller who chose to take our money for her own gain.

The Parliamentary Commissioner, Kathryn Hudson seemed to make a tolerant, reasonable decision about returning some of our money back to us.

The spotlight should be focussed on the clique of MP's from all parties who overturned Kathryn Hudson's decision.

That proved, if proof were needed, that party politics and Tory or Labour or LibDem bashing in these columns is futile. The lowlife scum that we vote for and discuss at great length couldn't give a stuff about anything but their own despicable self-interest.
The above comments are all OK because it was Miller who chose to take our money for her own gain. The Parliamentary Commissioner, Kathryn Hudson seemed to make a tolerant, reasonable decision about returning some of our money back to us. The spotlight should be focussed on the clique of MP's from all parties who overturned Kathryn Hudson's decision. That proved, if proof were needed, that party politics and Tory or Labour or LibDem bashing in these columns is futile. The lowlife scum that we vote for and discuss at great length couldn't give a stuff about anything but their own despicable self-interest. nesspah
  • Score: 18

8:28pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Basing Bill says...

According to a news report the three lay members on the parliamentary committee were not allowed to vote, and the Government had a majority among the 10 MPs who had the final say. It's no wonder money grabbing Maria Miller was let off the hook. She disgusts me.
According to a news report the three lay members on the parliamentary committee were not allowed to vote, and the Government had a majority among the 10 MPs who had the final say. It's no wonder money grabbing Maria Miller was let off the hook. She disgusts me. Basing Bill
  • Score: 14

11:02am Sun 6 Apr 14

hoot_gibson says...

Millar should resign immediately if not the Conservatives will be wiped out at the next election here in Basingstoke.
She is simply a corrupt, self seeking person so typical of the current bunch in Westminster one of Cameron's bottom feeding groupies slavishly backing all Cameron does and says feeding off the titbits thrown to her for her loyalty..
Cameron backs her well no wonder? He is no stranger to expense fiddling himself .
She is a disgrace who shames and belittles us all being our local MP.
"In the name of God go! "
As Cromwell so saliently put some 350 years ago to the then current bunch of corrupt MP's.
Millar should resign immediately if not the Conservatives will be wiped out at the next election here in Basingstoke. She is simply a corrupt, self seeking person so typical of the current bunch in Westminster one of Cameron's bottom feeding groupies slavishly backing all Cameron does and says feeding off the titbits thrown to her for her loyalty.. Cameron backs her well no wonder? He is no stranger to expense fiddling himself . She is a disgrace who shames and belittles us all being our local MP. "In the name of God go! " As Cromwell so saliently put some 350 years ago to the then current bunch of corrupt MP's. hoot_gibson
  • Score: 10

11:39am Sun 6 Apr 14

kenilworth road resident says...

This thieving,bullying, nasty piece of work must surely be sacked and stay away from Basingstoke..
This thieving,bullying, nasty piece of work must surely be sacked and stay away from Basingstoke.. kenilworth road resident
  • Score: 10

11:47am Sun 6 Apr 14

jonone says...

kenilworth road resident wrote:
This thieving,bullying, nasty piece of work must surely be sacked and stay away from Basingstoke..
Staying away from Basingstoke won't be a challenge for her!

There must be someone in the local Conservatives who actually lives here and must be thinking "hang on, I could be MP and actually put Basingstoke first"
[quote][p][bold]kenilworth road resident[/bold] wrote: This thieving,bullying, nasty piece of work must surely be sacked and stay away from Basingstoke..[/p][/quote]Staying away from Basingstoke won't be a challenge for her! There must be someone in the local Conservatives who actually lives here and must be thinking "hang on, I could be MP and actually put Basingstoke first" jonone
  • Score: 7

1:21pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Angry of Basingstoke says...

What happened to the Basingstoke Gazette Poll? 95 per cent of Basingstoke residents totally disapprove of her actions!!!
What happened to the Basingstoke Gazette Poll? 95 per cent of Basingstoke residents totally disapprove of her actions!!! Angry of Basingstoke
  • Score: 4

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