Prime Minister defends decision to back Basingstoke MP Maria Miller

Prime Minister David Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron

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PRIME Minister David Cameron this afternoon defended his decision to back Basingstoke MP Maria Miller.

The leader of the Conservative party told MPs during Prime Minister’s Questions that he was right to stand behind the Basingstoke MP, who resigned from her position as Culture Secretary this morning.

Speaking in the House of Commons, he defended Mrs Miller when Labour leader, Ed Miliband, said that the events of the past week had caused deep anger and concern amongst the public.

Mr Cameron said: “She was cleared of the allegation and I thought it was right to in these circumstances to allow her to make an apology and continue with her job. There is clearly more that needs to be done to deal with the problem of expenses.

“We have made big steps forward and any expense complaint is dealt with by an independent body and not by MP’s.”

He added: “I don’t think it is leadership to fire someone at the first sign of trouble. That’s actually not leadership, that’s weakness.”

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1:49pm Wed 9 Apr 14

George3 says...

Mr Cameron said: “She was cleared of the allegation and I thought it was right to in these circumstances to allow her to make an apology and continue with her job.

If that is being cleared, then I'm the man in the moon...
Mr Cameron said: “She was cleared of the allegation and I thought it was right to in these circumstances to allow her to make an apology and continue with her job. If that is being cleared, then I'm the man in the moon... George3
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2:18pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Upontheroof says...

She should of been sacked from been a CM and an MP.
She should of been sacked from been a CM and an MP. Upontheroof
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3:12pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Hoggie60 says...

What is stunning is the lack of contrition and arrogance of Maria Miller, David Cameron and the Conservative Party: that after a 15-month investigation into her use of allowances, in which she was less than forthcoming with evidence, there is still no realisation of how bad this plays with the electorate and how much of a us and them feeling there is in the country.

Then to compound the issue, despite being required to pay back £45,000 she is allowed by MP's on the parliamentary committee to reject the independent standards committee verdict and only ordered to repay £6,000.

It is so telling that even when the committee asked for an apology to the House, M/s Miller could only just make it to 30 seconds, what does that tell you about her lack of respect for her electorate and democracy, along the lines of 'oh if I have to, but not willingly'.

If my employer found me fiddling my expenses to even 10% of that amount, it would be instant dismissal, so how come there is one rule for the public and one for those in positions of power. No wonder people are not voting any more for a system which is still as corrupt as before ... moat draining and duck houses spring to mind. Maybe on the ballot paper in 2015 there should be an option for "None of the above".
What is stunning is the lack of contrition and arrogance of Maria Miller, David Cameron and the Conservative Party: that after a 15-month investigation into her use of allowances, in which she was less than forthcoming with evidence, there is still no realisation of how bad this plays with the electorate and how much of a us and them feeling there is in the country. Then to compound the issue, despite being required to pay back £45,000 she is allowed by MP's on the parliamentary committee to reject the independent standards committee verdict and only ordered to repay £6,000. It is so telling that even when the committee asked for an apology to the House, M/s Miller could only just make it to 30 seconds, what does that tell you about her lack of respect for her electorate and democracy, along the lines of 'oh if I have to, but not willingly'. If my employer found me fiddling my expenses to even 10% of that amount, it would be instant dismissal, so how come there is one rule for the public and one for those in positions of power. No wonder people are not voting any more for a system which is still as corrupt as before ... moat draining and duck houses spring to mind. Maybe on the ballot paper in 2015 there should be an option for "None of the above". Hoggie60
  • Score: 5

6:17am Thu 10 Apr 14

ThomasFairfax says...

Conservative Vice Chairman sacked in a "knee jerk" reaction.

Michael Fabricant may be a bit of a buffoon, pompous and a bit "off the wall", but he was already that when he was first appointed to the post of Conservative vice-chairman. The difference today is that Cameron and much of his party management. are smarting from having to remove the odious Miller from her post as Culture secretary, (never mind what Miller, Cameron and the others may put out for public consumption, the woman was sacked), and are lashing out in a fit of pique. It just so happens that Fabricant "got in the way" and refused to resign after his tweet "About time too".
Actually, she should have "resigned" days before and certainly on the same day as she made the "apology" to the House of Commons.
Cameron, Osborne and others defending of her position over the past days, is exposed as bad judgement culminating in a not very well concealed removal. It is interesting to note that, according to today's Times, it was Osborne who actually led the "palace coup" to remove her.
Which ever way you look at it, Fabricant is a victim of a temper tantrum and has become some Tory party self inflicted collateral damage.
You could almost have some sympathy for him.
Conservative Vice Chairman sacked in a "knee jerk" reaction. Michael Fabricant may be a bit of a buffoon, pompous and a bit "off the wall", but he was already that when he was first appointed to the post of Conservative vice-chairman. The difference today is that Cameron and much of his party management. are smarting from having to remove the odious Miller from her post as Culture secretary, (never mind what Miller, Cameron and the others may put out for public consumption, the woman was sacked), and are lashing out in a fit of pique. It just so happens that Fabricant "got in the way" and refused to resign after his tweet "About time too". Actually, she should have "resigned" days before and certainly on the same day as she made the "apology" to the House of Commons. Cameron, Osborne and others defending of her position over the past days, is exposed as bad judgement culminating in a not very well concealed removal. It is interesting to note that, according to today's Times, it was Osborne who actually led the "palace coup" to remove her. Which ever way you look at it, Fabricant is a victim of a temper tantrum and has become some Tory party self inflicted collateral damage. You could almost have some sympathy for him. ThomasFairfax
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