Maria Miller petition gets 150,000 signatures

Basingstoke Gazette: Matthew Lawrence Matthew Lawrence

A PETITION calling for a Basingstoke MP Maria Miller to pay back £45,000 in expense claims or resign has received more than 150,000 signatures.

Matthew Lawrence, a prospective candidate for a seat at Reading Borough Council, started the petition on Friday last week after Mrs Miller’s 32-second apology to the House of Commons.

The 38-year-old public sector worker called on Mrs Miller to resign or pay back £45,000 – the amount of over-claimed expenses towards mortgage payment expenses identified by Kathryn Hudson, parliamentary commissioner for standards.

Mr Lawrence told The Gazette: “I started after the so-called apology that was made in the House of Commons last week. I felt it just was not satisfactory.

“I started with the thought that it might get a few thousand signatures – I did not expect it to accelerate the way that it has.”

He said he was angered by her “legalistic” attitude to the committee on standards, the body that eventually asked her to pay back just £5,800, and her subsequent short apology to the House of Commons.

By Tuesday afternoon, the petition had been signed by 152,000 people.

Patrick Lauke, from Boothstown, near Manchester, wrote: “We need to stop this “something for nothing” culture that pervades MPs.”

Another supporter, Clayton Smith, from Brighton, wrote: “Politicians need reminding who they serve... It should only be the interests of the people of this country.

Mr Lawrence added: “My message to the people of Basingstoke would be that they demand an explanation as to why she feels after making such a vast profit (in selling her second home in Wimbledon) that she cannot pay back £45,000 that she appropriated from the taxpayers’ expense.”

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

To view the petition, visit change.org/en-GB/petitions/maria-miller-mp-either-pay-back-45-000-in-fraudulent-expense-claims-or-resign

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4:52pm Tue 8 Apr 14

stevenm353 says...

she should pay up and resign she does no favours for Basingstoke
she should pay up and resign she does no favours for Basingstoke stevenm353
  • Score: 22

5:21pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Ambivalent says...

I'm pleased to say I added my signature to this petition.
I hope 150,000 signatures will teach them something.
It's not a media witch hunt, or the Telegraph getting it's own back for Leveson as they would have us believe ...............it's simply because 150,000 of the British Public think it's disgusting and unacceptable behaviour.
Can you grasp that, Maria Miller? Can you grasp that David Cameron? Can you grasp that Ian Duncan Smith?
Grow up and accept that you have hacked off 150,000 of the people who pay your wages!
I'm pleased to say I added my signature to this petition. I hope 150,000 signatures will teach them something. It's not a media witch hunt, or the Telegraph getting it's own back for Leveson as they would have us believe ...............it's simply because 150,000 of the British Public think it's disgusting and unacceptable behaviour. Can you grasp that, Maria Miller? Can you grasp that David Cameron? Can you grasp that Ian Duncan Smith? Grow up and accept that you have hacked off 150,000 of the people who pay your wages! Ambivalent
  • Score: 37

7:20pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Microbe says...

She should pay-back in full (including profit on home sale) AND also resign! Then - we should go after the other profiteering MP's who have transgressed with their 'own rules' gain. Methinks, this presages a complete meltdown of our parliamentary system if 'MP pay-back' was really to be implemented.
She should pay-back in full (including profit on home sale) AND also resign! Then - we should go after the other profiteering MP's who have transgressed with their 'own rules' gain. Methinks, this presages a complete meltdown of our parliamentary system if 'MP pay-back' was really to be implemented. Microbe
  • Score: 23

7:41pm Tue 8 Apr 14

duck&geese says...

Miller 'knowingly' knew what she was doing, she claimed just under £125 of the maximum allowed, and she flipped her home. All MPs are given details of what they can and can't claim for when they become an MP. She has said her husband is a lawyer, well Miller you would know even more about 'right and wrong' and the burden of proof. The burden of proof in your case is, you knowingly did what you did, you threatened the investigator (talk to your hubby about threatening behaviour) and you, not the committee offered to pay back only £5,800. You need to pay it ALL back, and the money on the sale of your home.

I have always voted Tory, you, your disgusting behaviour, greedy and arrogance, couple with the thugs in government will never get voted for again. You, Cameron, Shapps, IDS, your PPA who also threaten the media are all an utter disgrace. It is all of you who are the 'scroungers' the cheats etc not those who you enjoy bullying.
Miller 'knowingly' knew what she was doing, she claimed just under £125 of the maximum allowed, and she flipped her home. All MPs are given details of what they can and can't claim for when they become an MP. She has said her husband is a lawyer, well Miller you would know even more about 'right and wrong' and the burden of proof. The burden of proof in your case is, you knowingly did what you did, you threatened the investigator (talk to your hubby about threatening behaviour) and you, not the committee offered to pay back only £5,800. You need to pay it ALL back, and the money on the sale of your home. I have always voted Tory, you, your disgusting behaviour, greedy and arrogance, couple with the thugs in government will never get voted for again. You, Cameron, Shapps, IDS, your PPA who also threaten the media are all an utter disgrace. It is all of you who are the 'scroungers' the cheats etc not those who you enjoy bullying. duck&geese
  • Score: 24

8:23pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Microbe says...

We Brits drool self-satisfied and 'holier than thou' over the 'corruption' perpetrated in other regimes and countries. What a load of sycophants, double-dealing reprobates we are to our assumed historic (We're The Best!) niceties?
We Brits drool self-satisfied and 'holier than thou' over the 'corruption' perpetrated in other regimes and countries. What a load of sycophants, double-dealing reprobates we are to our assumed historic (We're The Best!) niceties? Microbe
  • Score: 12

11:18pm Tue 8 Apr 14

BeatlesGuru says...

Her apologies are not enough, I do not accept them because I want her to pay back every single penny of what she claimed and resign as MP for Basingstoke, and NOT wait until the next election stand down now and give us a bi-election. It really ought to be time for Labour in Basingstoke, the 2005 election when Maria Miller was first elected as a minority MP with Paul Harvey polling the largest proportion of the combined majority vote. Now finally Paul is back to finish the job.
In the last election I was somewhat disappointed that Labour did not reselect Paul Harvey, but selecting Funda Pepperel instead as they should have re-selected Paul then to finish the job.
Maria Miller has been very much a buck passer as she never deals with any of our communications with her herself she always passes it on to someone else. Not only that but she always tows the party line rather than speaking up for constituents.
I was born and raised in Basingstoke, never lived anywhere else and have voted Labour in every general election since I was old enough to vote -the year we had two elections- it is about time I got what I wanted, a Labour MP. The first time I voted the Labour candidate was one of my old school teachers Terry Hunt, whom I voted for.
Her apologies are not enough, I do not accept them because I want her to pay back every single penny of what she claimed and resign as MP for Basingstoke, and NOT wait until the next election stand down now and give us a bi-election. It really ought to be time for Labour in Basingstoke, the 2005 election when Maria Miller was first elected as a minority MP with Paul Harvey polling the largest proportion of the combined majority vote. Now finally Paul is back to finish the job. In the last election I was somewhat disappointed that Labour did not reselect Paul Harvey, but selecting Funda Pepperel instead as they should have re-selected Paul then to finish the job. Maria Miller has been very much a buck passer as she never deals with any of our communications with her herself she always passes it on to someone else. Not only that but she always tows the party line rather than speaking up for constituents. I was born and raised in Basingstoke, never lived anywhere else and have voted Labour in every general election since I was old enough to vote -the year we had two elections- it is about time I got what I wanted, a Labour MP. The first time I voted the Labour candidate was one of my old school teachers Terry Hunt, whom I voted for. BeatlesGuru
  • Score: 6

11:50pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Angry of Basingstoke says...

The voting's is near 192,000 and counting!!
This is a democracy Mrs Miller? Why are you not listening?
The voting's is near 192,000 and counting!! This is a democracy Mrs Miller? Why are you not listening? Angry of Basingstoke
  • Score: 9

7:42am Wed 9 Apr 14

jonone says...

BeatlesGuru wrote:
Her apologies are not enough, I do not accept them because I want her to pay back every single penny of what she claimed and resign as MP for Basingstoke, and NOT wait until the next election stand down now and give us a bi-election. It really ought to be time for Labour in Basingstoke, the 2005 election when Maria Miller was first elected as a minority MP with Paul Harvey polling the largest proportion of the combined majority vote. Now finally Paul is back to finish the job.
In the last election I was somewhat disappointed that Labour did not reselect Paul Harvey, but selecting Funda Pepperel instead as they should have re-selected Paul then to finish the job.
Maria Miller has been very much a buck passer as she never deals with any of our communications with her herself she always passes it on to someone else. Not only that but she always tows the party line rather than speaking up for constituents.
I was born and raised in Basingstoke, never lived anywhere else and have voted Labour in every general election since I was old enough to vote -the year we had two elections- it is about time I got what I wanted, a Labour MP. The first time I voted the Labour candidate was one of my old school teachers Terry Hunt, whom I voted for.
If you want a Labour council, I suggest you look at how well Southampton is getting on with on. Then I suggest you move there instead!
[quote][p][bold]BeatlesGuru[/bold] wrote: Her apologies are not enough, I do not accept them because I want her to pay back every single penny of what she claimed and resign as MP for Basingstoke, and NOT wait until the next election stand down now and give us a bi-election. It really ought to be time for Labour in Basingstoke, the 2005 election when Maria Miller was first elected as a minority MP with Paul Harvey polling the largest proportion of the combined majority vote. Now finally Paul is back to finish the job. In the last election I was somewhat disappointed that Labour did not reselect Paul Harvey, but selecting Funda Pepperel instead as they should have re-selected Paul then to finish the job. Maria Miller has been very much a buck passer as she never deals with any of our communications with her herself she always passes it on to someone else. Not only that but she always tows the party line rather than speaking up for constituents. I was born and raised in Basingstoke, never lived anywhere else and have voted Labour in every general election since I was old enough to vote -the year we had two elections- it is about time I got what I wanted, a Labour MP. The first time I voted the Labour candidate was one of my old school teachers Terry Hunt, whom I voted for.[/p][/quote]If you want a Labour council, I suggest you look at how well Southampton is getting on with on. Then I suggest you move there instead! jonone
  • Score: 0

11:46am Wed 9 Apr 14

qman9000 says...

Congratulations Matthew. A good campaign for the people by the people.
Congratulations Matthew. A good campaign for the people by the people. qman9000
  • Score: 0

10:06am Fri 11 Apr 14

hoot_gibson says...

A great petition but lets not forget the ulterior motive, Matthew is a prospective LABOUR councillor for Reading.He has everything to gain by doing it.
He no doubt was told to raise the petition by his Labour party bosses.
A great petition but lets not forget the ulterior motive, Matthew is a prospective LABOUR councillor for Reading.He has everything to gain by doing it. He no doubt was told to raise the petition by his Labour party bosses. hoot_gibson
  • Score: 1

12:46pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Microbe says...

Of course, Maria Miller is the latest sacrificial political mutton thrown to us, the baying public, after the Daily Telegraph has gleefully rubbed us up all into a lather once more over another parliamentary expenses issue. Remember, when they first got us going all those years ago this Tory rag started initially on Labour's dirty list before moving onto Conservative receipts. This time, a few convenient manipulative months before a general election, Tory Maria Miller will be gone and forgotten just at an opportunist time right up against an imminent election when the Telegraph, ever righteous the rag that it is, will likely drag a socialist or Ukipper out of the political gutter as gristle for us to chew and spit out while perusing our vote sheet deciding who to vote for. And, how fortunate that would be for Conservative moral credentials when it mattered (to them).
Of course, Maria Miller is the latest sacrificial political mutton thrown to us, the baying public, after the Daily Telegraph has gleefully rubbed us up all into a lather once more over another parliamentary expenses issue. Remember, when they first got us going all those years ago this Tory rag started initially on Labour's dirty list before moving onto Conservative receipts. This time, a few convenient manipulative months before a general election, Tory Maria Miller will be gone and forgotten just at an opportunist time right up against an imminent election when the Telegraph, ever righteous the rag that it is, will likely drag a socialist or Ukipper out of the political gutter as gristle for us to chew and spit out while perusing our vote sheet deciding who to vote for. And, how fortunate that would be for Conservative moral credentials when it mattered (to them). Microbe
  • Score: 0

3:17pm Fri 11 Apr 14

jackwridge says...

I agree that Maria Miller should resign but she should not be replaced by a Labour MP - it would be a disaster to vote for yet another party which, whilst in government over the previous 10 years, has proven to be just as bad if not worse with regards to expenses and wasting public money (dont forget our country was in credit in 2001 and is now running at a yearly deficit of over £100 Billion a year!). The only people of conviction I know of in Basingstoke at the moment who seek to lower taxes and keep our expenses low are the UKIP party who are allways on the streets of the Basingstoke town centre and forever campainging the UK to stop wasting its money on european beurocracy (who Labour sold us out to in the Lisbon Treaty) and corrupt MP's who have become so established they still feel that they can spend our money on whatever they want.
I agree that Maria Miller should resign but she should not be replaced by a Labour MP - it would be a disaster to vote for yet another party which, whilst in government over the previous 10 years, has proven to be just as bad if not worse with regards to expenses and wasting public money (dont forget our country was in credit in 2001 and is now running at a yearly deficit of over £100 Billion a year!). The only people of conviction I know of in Basingstoke at the moment who seek to lower taxes and keep our expenses low are the UKIP party who are allways on the streets of the Basingstoke town centre and forever campainging the UK to stop wasting its money on european beurocracy (who Labour sold us out to in the Lisbon Treaty) and corrupt MP's who have become so established they still feel that they can spend our money on whatever they want. jackwridge
  • Score: 5

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