Maria Miller's new home - a five-bedroom, £1.2million Tudor property in Mapledurwell

Maria Miller's new home in Mapledurwell.

Maria Miller's new home in Mapledurwell.

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THIS is Maria Miller’s new £1.2million property in Mapledurwell.

The Basingstoke MP bought the five-bedroom Tudor property in the scenic village near Old Basing with her solicitor husband Iain after selling their Wimbledon home, which was at the centre of the second home expenses row, for £1.47m.

The Wimbledon home, which Mrs Miller bought with her husband in 1996 for just £234,000, was sold on Valentine’s Day.

Mrs Miller declared the London property as her second home after she was elected as Basingstoke’s MP in 2005, allowing her to claim expenses for mortgage interest payments on the home.

But because her family lived there, questions were raised as to whether the Wimbledon property should have been declared as her second home.

The investigation into Mrs Miller’s expen-ses claims by Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards Kathryn Hudson in fact found that it appeared to be the MP’s main residence, rather than her rented Basingstoke home, and she said Mrs Miller “should have designated the London property rather than the Basingstoke one as her main home”, because her husband worked in London and it is where her three children attended school.

During the inquiry, Mrs Miller who became Culture Secretary in 2012, argued the case, saying her rented Basingstoke home should have been designated as her main home because it was where she spent most nights, and it was the centre of her family life.

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3:25pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Sensory says...

Well, that is an absolutely lovely place. I'm sure she deserves it due to all of her hard, honest work. I'm also a hard, honest, worker who wouldn't mind a sniff at something like this. Unfortunately there seems to be a bit of an issue with getting houses built nowadays and I was unfortunate enough to be born after 1980. Maybe our MP can help in her spare time now?

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Or maybe I won't hold my breath
Well, that is an absolutely lovely place. I'm sure she deserves it due to all of her hard, honest work. I'm also a hard, honest, worker who wouldn't mind a sniff at something like this. Unfortunately there seems to be a bit of an issue with getting houses built nowadays and I was unfortunate enough to be born after 1980. Maybe our MP can help in her spare time now? http://www.basingsto kegazette.co.uk/news /local/9962727.print / Or maybe I won't hold my breath Sensory
  • Score: 23

4:40pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Opinions_opinions says...

Well hold on a minute .... that house was bought with tax payers money. We, after all, paid her mortgage on her flipped second/first home for many years to the tune of £90K. So given that her original purchase price of the Wimbledon home was £234K , we must own about 40% of her new Mapledurwell home ?

I wonder if she'll invite the Basingstoke electorate around for a BBQ anytime soon ?

Given that we no longer want her as an MP for Basingstoke, can we assume she will be moving away in the not too distant future to whatever other constituency the Tories want to put her in to stand in a safe seat ?
Well hold on a minute .... that house was bought with tax payers money. We, after all, paid her mortgage on her flipped second/first home for many years to the tune of £90K. So given that her original purchase price of the Wimbledon home was £234K , we must own about 40% of her new Mapledurwell home ? I wonder if she'll invite the Basingstoke electorate around for a BBQ anytime soon ? Given that we no longer want her as an MP for Basingstoke, can we assume she will be moving away in the not too distant future to whatever other constituency the Tories want to put her in to stand in a safe seat ? Opinions_opinions
  • Score: 33

5:16pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Marina Morris says...

Why the heck is she moving to Basingstoke? She'll have no need to be here after the next elections!
Why the heck is she moving to Basingstoke? She'll have no need to be here after the next elections! Marina Morris
  • Score: 42

9:53am Fri 11 Apr 14

hoot_gibson says...

Enjoy your luxury pad Miller paid for by defrauding taxpayers money.
I am sickened that she was cleared of fraud for inadvertently claiming too much on her mortgage but was savvy enough to stop claiming immediately when the expense scandal of flipping houses became public knowledge but then told to pay back £45,000?
Sounds like she WAS found guilty by the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner.
Then the MP's committee reduced it to £5800 .
Seems like criminals being allowed to judge a fellow criminal and basically letting Miller off.
Enjoy your luxury pad Miller paid for by defrauding taxpayers money. I am sickened that she was cleared of fraud for inadvertently claiming too much on her mortgage but was savvy enough to stop claiming immediately when the expense scandal of flipping houses became public knowledge but then told to pay back £45,000? Sounds like she WAS found guilty by the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner. Then the MP's committee reduced it to £5800 . Seems like criminals being allowed to judge a fellow criminal and basically letting Miller off. hoot_gibson
  • Score: 21

10:45am Fri 11 Apr 14

652AAC says...

I assume that this is a timeshare which Basingstoke residents can book for holidays - where do we make our bookings...?

After all - we did pay for it.
I assume that this is a timeshare which Basingstoke residents can book for holidays - where do we make our bookings...? After all - we did pay for it. 652AAC
  • Score: 18

1:23pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Whatever next says...

Seriously I hope the place is haunted, or would that be her guilty concience. Oh no wait she certainly doesn't have one of those does she.
Think I'll pop in on my way home for a cuppa (to my rented property - as I work full time and can't fiddle my expenses, and therefore can't afford a mortgage)!
Seriously I hope the place is haunted, or would that be her guilty concience. Oh no wait she certainly doesn't have one of those does she. Think I'll pop in on my way home for a cuppa (to my rented property - as I work full time and can't fiddle my expenses, and therefore can't afford a mortgage)! Whatever next
  • Score: 13

2:51pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Angry of Basingstoke says...

Not bad work if you can get it?

Seriously, does being a hardworking, honest, upstanding MP, dedicating yourself to the improvement of your electorate pay?

Yep. Handsomely.
Not bad work if you can get it? Seriously, does being a hardworking, honest, upstanding MP, dedicating yourself to the improvement of your electorate pay? Yep. Handsomely. Angry of Basingstoke
  • Score: 10

3:30pm Fri 11 Apr 14

jackwridge says...

Perhaps we should donate this house to the poor of Basingstoke who she has so rightiously stolen from? or turn it into a house for all the EU immigrants the government is still letting in?
Perhaps we should donate this house to the poor of Basingstoke who she has so rightiously stolen from? or turn it into a house for all the EU immigrants the government is still letting in? jackwridge
  • Score: 12

11:45am Sat 12 Apr 14

Upontheroof says...

So crime does pay then .....
So crime does pay then ..... Upontheroof
  • Score: 18

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