Maria Miller's resignation is welcomed by Labour's John Mann, the MP who sparked expenses investigation

Basingstoke Gazette: John Mann, the MP whose complaint sparked an investigation into Maria Miller's expenses. Buy this photo John Mann, the MP whose complaint sparked an investigation into Maria Miller's expenses.

THE MP whose complaint sparked an investigation into Maria Miller’s second home expense claims, has welcomed her resignation as Culture Secretary.

The investigation into the Basingstoke MP’s claims of £90,718 for her second home was launched in December 2012 by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, after the office received a complaint from Bassetlaw Labour MP John Mann.

The complaint from Mr Mann was made a day after a report in The Daily Telegraph on December 11, 2012 detailing Mrs Miller’s expenses claims for mortgage interest payments, utilities and council tax.

Mr Mann criticised Mrs Miller at a meeting of Labour members, held at Basingstoke Labour Club, in Sandys Road, South Ham, on Tuesday evening.

Mr Mann said he believed that Mrs Miller’s comment that she had let local voters down, which was exclusively published on The Gazette website at 5pm on Tuesday, was too little, too late.

Speaking yesterday morning, Mr Mann told The Gazette: “Now that she is no longer a Minister, she has to face the people of Basingstoke.

“They should have the power of recall, so they can decide if she is fit to still be their MP.”

He added: “I think Maria Miller’s local apology is too little too late. If I was in the Cabinet and had to pay back money, I would resign.

“If she was a Labour MP, I would want her removed as a candidate.

“I am not happy that the committee of MPs over-ruled the Parliamentary Commissioner’s findings regarding how much money she should have paid back. It is fundamentally wrong. MPs should not be regulating themselves.

“It is astonishing that that a group of MPs can overrule an independent Commissioner who carried out the investigation.

“I would like to see her pay the full amount and I want to see a proper apology, not to me but to her constituents.”

Mr Mann added: “Maria Miller should have resigned immediately and when she didn’t resign, David Cameron should have shown a bit of leadership, and he should have sacked her.”

“There is a difference between loyalty and blind loyalty.

“There’s only one person who is responsible for Maria Miller’s behaviour, and that’s Maria Miller, and there’s only one person who is responsible for David Cameron’s indecisiveness, and that’s David Cameron.

“There’s a word missing in British politics and that’s honour, and I would define honour as: if you’ve done something wrong, you should resign.”

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8:46pm Thu 10 Apr 14

TonyConrad says...

So the question remains should Maria Miller still be able to represent the people of Basingstoke? I for one feel bitterly let down by her even before this expenses fiasco and am no longer a conservative after 30 years but maybe that is on a personal level. I would certainly never vote for her again. Being in government is a position of honour not to be taken lightly. The conservative party has suffered a lot recently under Mr Cameron and rightly so I think. Where are the honest people of conviction and honest these days/
So the question remains should Maria Miller still be able to represent the people of Basingstoke? I for one feel bitterly let down by her even before this expenses fiasco and am no longer a conservative after 30 years but maybe that is on a personal level. I would certainly never vote for her again. Being in government is a position of honour not to be taken lightly. The conservative party has suffered a lot recently under Mr Cameron and rightly so I think. Where are the honest people of conviction and honest these days/ TonyConrad
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1:24pm 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
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9:08pm Tue 15 Apr 14

britenglish says...

Dear All,
I was quite taken aback by the labour MP John Mann when addressing his cronies at the Sandys rd. Labour meeting .In my opinion quite uncalled for,But you might as well kick an opponent when they are down it seems.I refer to Ex MP Maria Miller Who lost her career recently thanks to the supreme efforts and tireless zeal of Mr John Mann
Dont worry Mr John Mann MP for Bassetlaw NOBODY is going to beat a path to your door wanting your services at least not from Basingstoke.
Dear All, I was quite taken aback by the labour MP John Mann when addressing his cronies at the Sandys rd. Labour meeting .In my opinion quite uncalled for,But you might as well kick an opponent when they are down it seems.I refer to Ex MP Maria Miller Who lost her career recently thanks to the supreme efforts and tireless zeal of Mr John Mann Dont worry Mr John Mann MP for Bassetlaw NOBODY is going to beat a path to your door wanting your services at least not from Basingstoke. britenglish
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9:22pm Tue 15 Apr 14

britenglish says...

Yes ,
Just another thought to ponder,has anyone thought to investigate the Expenses of Mr John Mann MP for Bassetlaw.to see if there are any discrepancies in his expenses and if not then why not after all we are all governed by the same rules.and in the archaic system of expenses that are so complicated to administer surely there are going to be many more MPs falling foul of the system.
Yes , Just another thought to ponder,has anyone thought to investigate the Expenses of Mr John Mann MP for Bassetlaw.to see if there are any discrepancies in his expenses and if not then why not after all we are all governed by the same rules.and in the archaic system of expenses that are so complicated to administer surely there are going to be many more MPs falling foul of the system. britenglish
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