POLL - Should Maria Miller resign as Basingstoke's MP?

POLL - Should Maria Miller resign as Basingstoke's MP?

POLL - Should Maria Miller resign as Basingstoke's MP?

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IN THE wake of her resignation as Culture Secretary, The Gazette is asking the people of Basingstoke whether they think Maria Miller should give up her position as constituency MP.

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12:07pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Ready0423 says...

Yes she should
Yes she should Ready0423
  • Score: 38

1:55pm Wed 9 Apr 14

cllrsmw says...

I want a by-election and I want one now!

Cllr Stephen West
Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council
I want a by-election and I want one now! Cllr Stephen West Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council cllrsmw
  • Score: 39

4:23pm Wed 9 Apr 14

shamazing says...

Who can ever trust her again, I've lost any faith I had so YES she MUST go now!!!
Who can ever trust her again, I've lost any faith I had so YES she MUST go now!!! shamazing
  • Score: 35

4:32pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Ambivalent says...

She should resign now, and I agree, considering the Conservatives have backed her, a by election would be good. It is clear that many people in Basingstoke feel very angered and let down my Maria Miller and the Conservatives. The only way to resolve this is to let the people of Basingstoke now choose who they want to represent them.
I think for the first time in ages a bit of 'people' power has got a result and it shows what can be done.
We need someone who will really engage with and represent the people of Basingstoke.
Given my disillusionment with most of the parties, I will be voting for someone who can be seen to be representing people in Basingstoke and who has a bit of passion and integrity
She should resign now, and I agree, considering the Conservatives have backed her, a by election would be good. It is clear that many people in Basingstoke feel very angered and let down my Maria Miller and the Conservatives. The only way to resolve this is to let the people of Basingstoke now choose who they want to represent them. I think for the first time in ages a bit of 'people' power has got a result and it shows what can be done. We need someone who will really engage with and represent the people of Basingstoke. Given my disillusionment with most of the parties, I will be voting for someone who can be seen to be representing people in Basingstoke and who has a bit of passion and integrity Ambivalent
  • Score: 40

4:40pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Suriman says...

Ambivalent I agree with you, people power has got a result but it must continue and quickly. Keep up the momentum and hopefully the disgusting face of professional politics might change forever. To add insult to injury I have just read that she is in line for a £17,000 severance package! Make no mistake, I am sure the greedy sod will take that as well.
Ambivalent I agree with you, people power has got a result but it must continue and quickly. Keep up the momentum and hopefully the disgusting face of professional politics might change forever. To add insult to injury I have just read that she is in line for a £17,000 severance package! Make no mistake, I am sure the greedy sod will take that as well. Suriman
  • Score: 31

7:22am Thu 10 Apr 14

JaneyGee says...

She used (and abused) the available rules to her full advantage to the detriment of tax payers. She has obviously convinced herself that she has done very little wrong. Can she not see that what she has done is morally wrong? Whatever she may have done for the people of Basingstoke, it has been totally overshadowed by the fact that she has done so much for herself.
It will be difficult to get an honest MP but we don't want this dishonest one to represent us.
She used (and abused) the available rules to her full advantage to the detriment of tax payers. She has obviously convinced herself that she has done very little wrong. Can she not see that what she has done is morally wrong? Whatever she may have done for the people of Basingstoke, it has been totally overshadowed by the fact that she has done so much for herself. It will be difficult to get an honest MP but we don't want this dishonest one to represent us. JaneyGee
  • Score: 20

8:34am Thu 10 Apr 14

DianeKempshott says...

She has no choice but to resign. £45K should also be paid back. As local business owner who bides by the government tax laws and rules, she is a no longer worthy of her position and should suffer the consequences.

Her apology was derisory! 'I'll apologise because I have to' attitude which was arrogant.

Bi-election please with a suitable candidate! Sadly however I feel sure there are many many, more who should also suffer this fate too!
She has no choice but to resign. £45K should also be paid back. As local business owner who bides by the government tax laws and rules, she is a no longer worthy of her position and should suffer the consequences. Her apology was derisory! 'I'll apologise because I have to' attitude which was arrogant. Bi-election please with a suitable candidate! Sadly however I feel sure there are many many, more who should also suffer this fate too! DianeKempshott
  • Score: 20

11:08am Thu 10 Apr 14

jackwridge says...

Who is the 10% on here voting 'No' she shouldnt resign? At least give some reasons as to why she shouldn't...
Who is the 10% on here voting 'No' she shouldnt resign? At least give some reasons as to why she shouldn't... jackwridge
  • Score: 5

1:00pm Thu 10 Apr 14

hoot_gibson says...

Benedict Brogan of the Telegraph wrote:

"She was notorious in Whitehall as a difficult and at times vindictive minister."
"You can do a lot with a bit of charm, but she never showed any to her staff or colleagues."

No wonder she was fired and had just a couple of supporters the hapless PM being one, no one likes or wanted to help her.
Benedict Brogan of the Telegraph wrote: "She was notorious in Whitehall as a difficult and at times vindictive minister." "You can do a lot with a bit of charm, but she never showed any to her staff or colleagues." No wonder she was fired and had just a couple of supporters the hapless PM being one, no one likes or wanted to help her. hoot_gibson
  • Score: 10

1:12pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Sam_Walker123456 says...

jackwridge wrote:
Who is the 10% on here voting 'No' she shouldnt resign? At least give some reasons as to why she shouldn't...
She still has the backing of the local Conservative Party and I guess some of them have voted above. As for reasons for voting 'No', the only one I have heard them claim is that she has done a great job in our constituency. I don't think there are many of us who would support that claim!
I would prefer her not to resign for the following convoluted reason:
If she resigns now the Tories can pick a new candidate untainted by the smell of corruption. That candidate, because of a protest vote, might not win in an immediate by-election but they would almost certainly get in at the general election. If Maria holds out, then there is a good chance she will lose at the next election and we will have five years without a Tory MP rather than the one and a bit years of the other scenario.
[quote][p][bold]jackwridge[/bold] wrote: Who is the 10% on here voting 'No' she shouldnt resign? At least give some reasons as to why she shouldn't...[/p][/quote]She still has the backing of the local Conservative Party and I guess some of them have voted above. As for reasons for voting 'No', the only one I have heard them claim is that she has done a great job in our constituency. I don't think there are many of us who would support that claim! I would prefer her not to resign for the following convoluted reason: If she resigns now the Tories can pick a new candidate untainted by the smell of corruption. That candidate, because of a protest vote, might not win in an immediate by-election but they would almost certainly get in at the general election. If Maria holds out, then there is a good chance she will lose at the next election and we will have five years without a Tory MP rather than the one and a bit years of the other scenario. Sam_Walker123456
  • Score: 8

1:55pm Thu 10 Apr 14

deborah.long14@btinternet.com says...

She did not want to help the Saving Deeside Residential Care campaign, it is all about her and what she can achieve personally. Useless, arrogant and total waste of space. She MUST GO and NOW.
She did not want to help the Saving Deeside Residential Care campaign, it is all about her and what she can achieve personally. Useless, arrogant and total waste of space. She MUST GO and NOW. deborah.long14@btinternet.com
  • Score: 8

4:40pm Thu 10 Apr 14

ELLIS17 says...

Go now,please do not wait another year, so the people of Basingstoke can elect somebody who will live full time in the Borough and commute to London like many of us by train each day to work. We might then see at least an improvement in the train service at busy times. What to do after your no longer an MP? Please consider a position to keep your out of the public life,something low key.
Go now,please do not wait another year, so the people of Basingstoke can elect somebody who will live full time in the Borough and commute to London like many of us by train each day to work. We might then see at least an improvement in the train service at busy times. What to do after your no longer an MP? Please consider a position to keep your out of the public life,something low key. ELLIS17
  • Score: 8

4:47pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Tigertriumph says...

We don't stand a chance, they are nearly all at it, just a few that are getting any backlash. Even the governments champagne bill is going up and up while most of us are tightening our belts. It's beyond belief.
We don't stand a chance, they are nearly all at it, just a few that are getting any backlash. Even the governments champagne bill is going up and up while most of us are tightening our belts. It's beyond belief. Tigertriumph
  • Score: 6

4:59pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Suriman says...

We do stand a chance but the pressure has to be relentless and as many people as possible must get involved. Start with this lot:
http://www.basingsto
keconservatives.org.
uk/

Contact them and tell them exactly how you feel and what your intentions are at the next election. You could also write to Maria Miller, as she still is your local MP, and tell her you no longer want her to represent Basingstoke.
We do stand a chance but the pressure has to be relentless and as many people as possible must get involved. Start with this lot: http://www.basingsto keconservatives.org. uk/ Contact them and tell them exactly how you feel and what your intentions are at the next election. You could also write to Maria Miller, as she still is your local MP, and tell her you no longer want her to represent Basingstoke. Suriman
  • Score: 2

5:26pm Thu 10 Apr 14

OvercrowdedCountry says...

What's the point of this vote? We can't get rid of her. One of the "policies" in the Tory-LibDem collaboration agreement was to introduce a mechanism by which voters could "dismiss" their MP. But surprise, surprise, this has been dropped.
What's the point of this vote? We can't get rid of her. One of the "policies" in the Tory-LibDem collaboration agreement was to introduce a mechanism by which voters could "dismiss" their MP. But surprise, surprise, this has been dropped. OvercrowdedCountry
  • Score: 3

8:58pm Thu 10 Apr 14

ChinehamIan says...

No she shouldn't resign!! I demand the pleasure of voting UKIP and seeing her lose next year! If she resigns, the Tories might win again!
No she shouldn't resign!! I demand the pleasure of voting UKIP and seeing her lose next year! If she resigns, the Tories might win again! ChinehamIan
  • Score: 3

10:41am Sat 12 Apr 14

Flashback2 says...

I think she should resign as an MP because her offences were committed when she was a backbench MP, not a Cabinet minister.
If she clings on there's a good chance she'll go the way of Jacqui Smith or Tony McNulty at the next election.
A by-election would mean a new Tory candidate who wouldn't have the baggage of overclaiming £45,800 from the taxpayer. The Tories would be more likely to win with a 'clean' candidate and win again in 2015.
So I'm not unhappy at the prospect of her clinging on and losing to Paul Harvey in 2015 - one less Tory MP in parliament and one more Labour MP in a Labour Government. She could cost Dave his job as PM next year.
I think she should resign as an MP because her offences were committed when she was a backbench MP, not a Cabinet minister. If she clings on there's a good chance she'll go the way of Jacqui Smith or Tony McNulty at the next election. A by-election would mean a new Tory candidate who wouldn't have the baggage of overclaiming £45,800 from the taxpayer. The Tories would be more likely to win with a 'clean' candidate and win again in 2015. So I'm not unhappy at the prospect of her clinging on and losing to Paul Harvey in 2015 - one less Tory MP in parliament and one more Labour MP in a Labour Government. She could cost Dave his job as PM next year. Flashback2
  • Score: 2

2:03pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Ambivalent says...

Interesting point about losing to Paul Harvey. Though for most of my life I have avoided voting Labour and would almost have voted for anyone to get them out last time, I could no longer, as a long term Conservative voter, vote for them. Not only because of the behaviour of Maria Miller. I've pretty much decided to forget 'national politics', to me most appear the same. However, taking more of an interest in local politics and having seen some of the work our local councillors are doing, I do find I have a lot of respect for my local councillors, George Hood, Laura James and Paul Harvey. They appear to show a degree of integrity, appear to be quite passionate about Basingstoke and committed to representing the people in their ward.
Having seen their performance on the Council Webcasts has reinforced that opinion. So, when Paul Harvey runs against Maria Miller next year (if she is still around then), he will get my vote.
Interesting point about losing to Paul Harvey. Though for most of my life I have avoided voting Labour and would almost have voted for anyone to get them out last time, I could no longer, as a long term Conservative voter, vote for them. Not only because of the behaviour of Maria Miller. I've pretty much decided to forget 'national politics', to me most appear the same. However, taking more of an interest in local politics and having seen some of the work our local councillors are doing, I do find I have a lot of respect for my local councillors, George Hood, Laura James and Paul Harvey. They appear to show a degree of integrity, appear to be quite passionate about Basingstoke and committed to representing the people in their ward. Having seen their performance on the Council Webcasts has reinforced that opinion. So, when Paul Harvey runs against Maria Miller next year (if she is still around then), he will get my vote. Ambivalent
  • Score: 5

4:33pm Sat 12 Apr 14

jonone says...

Suriman wrote:
We do stand a chance but the pressure has to be relentless and as many people as possible must get involved. Start with this lot: http://www.basingsto keconservatives.org. uk/ Contact them and tell them exactly how you feel and what your intentions are at the next election. You could also write to Maria Miller, as she still is your local MP, and tell her you no longer want her to represent Basingstoke.
Don't bother. I emailed the local Conservative group to state "I am a Conservative voter but will not vote for you if Maria Miller is still my MP" and also tweeted to the chairman of the Conservative Party and their own Twitter account.

Response?

Total silence.

Will have to spoil my ballot paper as cannot bring myself to vote Labour after they screwed working people. And UKIP and Lib Dems are worthless and clueless.
[quote][p][bold]Suriman[/bold] wrote: We do stand a chance but the pressure has to be relentless and as many people as possible must get involved. Start with this lot: http://www.basingsto keconservatives.org. uk/ Contact them and tell them exactly how you feel and what your intentions are at the next election. You could also write to Maria Miller, as she still is your local MP, and tell her you no longer want her to represent Basingstoke.[/p][/quote]Don't bother. I emailed the local Conservative group to state "I am a Conservative voter but will not vote for you if Maria Miller is still my MP" and also tweeted to the chairman of the Conservative Party and their own Twitter account. Response? Total silence. Will have to spoil my ballot paper as cannot bring myself to vote Labour after they screwed working people. And UKIP and Lib Dems are worthless and clueless. jonone
  • Score: -5

5:55pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Bertie-7 says...

It's predictable that those people with an agenda of their own express their contempt for Maria Miller here. Have a word with yourself - are you not no better than the unsavoury elements in the press who hounded her out of office, because they needed to fill 24-hour news bulletins and sell papers. We all know the press think they dictate the news. The majority of us have moved on and the rules will be tightened. I don't care for raking up the past. I for one don't believe in publicly crucifying someone - who has contributed a good deal more than most to society. I have not met you, but best wishes to you and your family Maria.
It's predictable that those people with an agenda of their own express their contempt for Maria Miller here. Have a word with yourself - are you not no better than the unsavoury elements in the press who hounded her out of office, because they needed to fill 24-hour news bulletins and sell papers. We all know the press think they dictate the news. The majority of us have moved on and the rules will be tightened. I don't care for raking up the past. I for one don't believe in publicly crucifying someone - who has contributed a good deal more than most to society. I have not met you, but best wishes to you and your family Maria. Bertie-7
  • Score: -13

11:31pm Sat 12 Apr 14

RgPostcode says...

Ellian Still needs to be sacked, Her responses was beyond arrogant.
Ellian Still needs to be sacked, Her responses was beyond arrogant. RgPostcode
  • Score: -1

11:33pm Sat 12 Apr 14

RgPostcode says...

Elaine Still needs to be sacked, Her response was beyond arrogant.
Elaine Still needs to be sacked, Her response was beyond arrogant. RgPostcode
  • Score: 5

11:39pm Sat 12 Apr 14

BugBear says...

Bertie-7 wrote:
It's predictable that those people with an agenda of their own express their contempt for Maria Miller here. Have a word with yourself - are you not no better than the unsavoury elements in the press who hounded her out of office, because they needed to fill 24-hour news bulletins and sell papers. We all know the press think they dictate the news. The majority of us have moved on and the rules will be tightened. I don't care for raking up the past. I for one don't believe in publicly crucifying someone - who has contributed a good deal more than most to society. I have not met you, but best wishes to you and your family Maria.
You must be very naive if you believe Maria Miller was pursued and hounded purely by the press. I heard rumors about her dodgy carrying on's, it must be over 5 years ago, it has only taken this long to hold her to account because of her apparent disregard and contempt for parliament. To somehow blame it on the press because she was the minister charged with bringing the media into line was no more than a ruse to fool a public already weary from previously MP's expenses scandals. She has acted disgracefully, there is absolutely no excuse. It's not so much the money, we have come to expect politicians to be of a poorer standard than they were twenty to thirty years ago, but the contempt and the lack of contrition when apologising which was an insult to every man, woman and child in this country.
[quote][p][bold]Bertie-7[/bold] wrote: It's predictable that those people with an agenda of their own express their contempt for Maria Miller here. Have a word with yourself - are you not no better than the unsavoury elements in the press who hounded her out of office, because they needed to fill 24-hour news bulletins and sell papers. We all know the press think they dictate the news. The majority of us have moved on and the rules will be tightened. I don't care for raking up the past. I for one don't believe in publicly crucifying someone - who has contributed a good deal more than most to society. I have not met you, but best wishes to you and your family Maria.[/p][/quote]You must be very naive if you believe Maria Miller was pursued and hounded purely by the press. I heard rumors about her dodgy carrying on's, it must be over 5 years ago, it has only taken this long to hold her to account because of her apparent disregard and contempt for parliament. To somehow blame it on the press because she was the minister charged with bringing the media into line was no more than a ruse to fool a public already weary from previously MP's expenses scandals. She has acted disgracefully, there is absolutely no excuse. It's not so much the money, we have come to expect politicians to be of a poorer standard than they were twenty to thirty years ago, but the contempt and the lack of contrition when apologising which was an insult to every man, woman and child in this country. BugBear
  • Score: 8

11:44pm Sat 12 Apr 14

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  • Score: -1

11:53am Sun 13 Apr 14

jonone says...

Bertie-7 wrote:
It's predictable that those people with an agenda of their own express their contempt for Maria Miller here. Have a word with yourself - are you not no better than the unsavoury elements in the press who hounded her out of office, because they needed to fill 24-hour news bulletins and sell papers. We all know the press think they dictate the news. The majority of us have moved on and the rules will be tightened. I don't care for raking up the past. I for one don't believe in publicly crucifying someone - who has contributed a good deal more than most to society. I have not met you, but best wishes to you and your family Maria.
We should all go and steal money off Bertie-7; he/she fully condones such theft.
[quote][p][bold]Bertie-7[/bold] wrote: It's predictable that those people with an agenda of their own express their contempt for Maria Miller here. Have a word with yourself - are you not no better than the unsavoury elements in the press who hounded her out of office, because they needed to fill 24-hour news bulletins and sell papers. We all know the press think they dictate the news. The majority of us have moved on and the rules will be tightened. I don't care for raking up the past. I for one don't believe in publicly crucifying someone - who has contributed a good deal more than most to society. I have not met you, but best wishes to you and your family Maria.[/p][/quote]We should all go and steal money off Bertie-7; he/she fully condones such theft. jonone
  • Score: 5

1:22pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Ambivalent says...

It's predictable that those people with an agenda of their own express their contempt for Maria Miller here. Have a word with yourself - are you not no better than the unsavoury elements in the press who hounded her out of office, because they needed to fill 24-hour news bulletins and sell papers. We all know the press think they dictate the news. The majority of us have moved on and the rules will be tightened. I don't care for raking up the past. I for one don't believe in publicly crucifying someone - who has contributed a good deal more than most to society. I have not met you, but best wishes to you and your family Maria.

Are you suggesting that all the people who posted comments here had an agenda of their own?
No, I think the British are on the whole a pretty honest and tolerant lot. However, they can also be pushed beyond the limit of tolerance. The people who 'hounded' Maria Miller where expressing their disgust at her behaviour, at her arrogance and what many saw as her dishonesty. They weren't journalists, not politically motivated, just people who'd had enough.
Over 160,000 people signed the petition on Change.org.uk in a matter of a few days - that says a lot.
Certainly when many people are suffering badly from policies and changes that she supported and encouraged, she herself was taking every advantage to gain at the taxpayers expense. I'm sure she isn't the only one.
As for the press, yes, they do dictate the news, but please don't think we are all so ignorant that we don't think beyond what we see in the press. It's not about crucifying someone, it's making sure they are held to account for their behaviour, and when you are in public office and gaining many advantages from being in public office, and when you are being paid by the taxpayer ....yes, held to account, not crucified and that's how it should be.
I just hope that in future more power will be taken by the public to ensure the people we pay to represent us do the job they are supposed to and represent all of us fairy, honestly, and with a little respect and integrity.
It's predictable that those people with an agenda of their own express their contempt for Maria Miller here. Have a word with yourself - are you not no better than the unsavoury elements in the press who hounded her out of office, because they needed to fill 24-hour news bulletins and sell papers. We all know the press think they dictate the news. The majority of us have moved on and the rules will be tightened. I don't care for raking up the past. I for one don't believe in publicly crucifying someone - who has contributed a good deal more than most to society. I have not met you, but best wishes to you and your family Maria. Are you suggesting that all the people who posted comments here had an agenda of their own? No, I think the British are on the whole a pretty honest and tolerant lot. However, they can also be pushed beyond the limit of tolerance. The people who 'hounded' Maria Miller where expressing their disgust at her behaviour, at her arrogance and what many saw as her dishonesty. They weren't journalists, not politically motivated, just people who'd had enough. Over 160,000 people signed the petition on Change.org.uk in a matter of a few days - that says a lot. Certainly when many people are suffering badly from policies and changes that she supported and encouraged, she herself was taking every advantage to gain at the taxpayers expense. I'm sure she isn't the only one. As for the press, yes, they do dictate the news, but please don't think we are all so ignorant that we don't think beyond what we see in the press. It's not about crucifying someone, it's making sure they are held to account for their behaviour, and when you are in public office and gaining many advantages from being in public office, and when you are being paid by the taxpayer ....yes, held to account, not crucified and that's how it should be. I just hope that in future more power will be taken by the public to ensure the people we pay to represent us do the job they are supposed to and represent all of us fairy, honestly, and with a little respect and integrity. Ambivalent
  • Score: 5

11:28am Mon 14 Apr 14

Hooked on you says...

How about all of us get together and stop paying Council Tax
How about all of us get together and stop paying Council Tax Hooked on you
  • Score: 6

8:01pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Ladybird24 says...

Yes she should go, she can't be trusted again, and neither can the Conservatives who support her.
Yes she should go, she can't be trusted again, and neither can the Conservatives who support her. Ladybird24
  • Score: 3

12:31pm Tue 15 Apr 14

VotingFodder says...

I have voted Conservative all my (voting) life. I will not vote for Ms Miller at the next election.
I have voted Conservative all my (voting) life. I will not vote for Ms Miller at the next election. VotingFodder
  • Score: 2

1:58pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Pacifier says...

I am disappointed in the Gazette running this kind of hysterical campaign...the time to decide is in a years time when the mass media- led hysteria has died away, then I'll make a sensible measured decision on her work for the Borough..maybe look at the kind of administration that allows unaudited or unchecked expenses go through.
Lets stop this silly pointless campaign
I am disappointed in the Gazette running this kind of hysterical campaign...the time to decide is in a years time when the mass media- led hysteria has died away, then I'll make a sensible measured decision on her work for the Borough..maybe look at the kind of administration that allows unaudited or unchecked expenses go through. Lets stop this silly pointless campaign Pacifier
  • Score: -3

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