POLL RESULT - 88 per cent say Maria Miller should resign as Basingstoke MP

88 per cent of respondents to a Gazette poll said Maria Miller should resign as Basingstoke's MP.

88 per cent of respondents to a Gazette poll said Maria Miller should resign as Basingstoke's MP.

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SHOULD Maria Miller resign as Basingstoke’s MP? That was the question put to Gazette readers in a poll that was launched on this website last Wednesday – the day that Mrs Miller bowed to mounting pressure and resigned from her position as Culture Secretary, at the heart of the Government.

As reported last week, Mrs Miller resigned from her position in the Cabinet following the controversy over the findings of, and her reaction to, a report by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards concerning her second home expenses claims.

In her letter of resignation to Prime Minister David Cameron, the mother-of-three said the controversy, which had lasted six days, “has become a distraction from the vital work this Government is doing”.

Last Thursday, The Gazette revealed that of 737 people who voted in our online poll, 96 per cent thought that Mrs Miller should have resigned, or have been sacked, as Culture Secretary.

In a second poll that closed yesterday, of the 1,293 people who voted, an overwhelming 88 per cent of people thought that Mrs Miller should now resign from her position as Basingstoke MP. Just 12 per cent of voters backed the under-fire MP.

The Gazette has still not been able to speak directly to Mrs Miller since she resigned last week.

When The Gazette asked her for a response to the latest poll result, her Conservative Party press adviser Tim Smith referred back to what Mrs Miller had said in her weekly ‘How I See It’ column in The Basingstoke Extra.

In that column, Mrs Miller said: “As Basingstoke’s MP, I want to make sure our part of north Hampshire has someone in Parliament to help make this a fairer and better place.

“I fully recognise that I have made mistakes. I have apologised unreservedly for making those mistakes, and for the deep concern caused.

“Now, by continuing to work hard for the people of Basingstoke and being your voice in Westminster, I will hope to put that right.”

Mrs Miller’s decision to step down from the Cabinet last week followed growing pressure for her to be sacked by Mr Cameron, or resign, after she was criticised for her attitude to the inquiry conducted by Parliamentary Commissioner Kathryn Hudson.

While Mrs Miller was cleared of deliberately claiming incorrect second home expenses for her home in Wimbledon, London where her parents also lived, the Parliamentary Committee on Standards – on which the Conservative Party has the largest single representation – recommended that the 50-year-old should repay £5,800 to cover over-claimed mortgage payments during 2005 and 2009 when the MP failed to cut her claims as interest rates fell.

This sum was agreed upon by the committee despite Mrs Hudson recommending that Mrs Miller should pay back £45,800.

After she was told to apologise for her attitude to the Commissioner’s inquiry, Mrs Miller complied by making a terse 32-second apology in the House of Commons on April 3 – something that only served to fuel the controversy over whether she should resign, or be axed, from the Cabinet.

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12:33pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Sourthern Sun says...

"Ah," Ms Miller will say "but 12% don´t want me to resign. I will stay on for them".

Politicians have a knack of twisting figures. Be it expenses or polls.
"Ah," Ms Miller will say "but 12% don´t want me to resign. I will stay on for them". Politicians have a knack of twisting figures. Be it expenses or polls. Sourthern Sun
  • Score: 15

12:44pm Thu 17 Apr 14

popleyrebel2 says...

Quote,
The Gazette has still not been able to speak directly to Mrs Miller since she resigned last week.
When the Gazette asked her for a response to the latest poll result, her Conservative Party press adviser Tim Smith said that “next year’s General Election is the most important poll”,

Nothing has changed, utter contempt from our MP, still setting her own agenda.
Jessica Bave (reporter) just keep reporting “no comment” that speaks volumes
Quote, The Gazette has still not been able to speak directly to Mrs Miller since she resigned last week. When the Gazette asked her for a response to the latest poll result, her Conservative Party press adviser Tim Smith said that “next year’s General Election is the most important poll”, Nothing has changed, utter contempt from our MP, still setting her own agenda. Jessica Bave (reporter) just keep reporting “no comment” that speaks volumes popleyrebel2
  • Score: 21

2:33pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Hooked on you says...

Yes I agree with what Tim Smith said "next year's General Election is the most important Poll" Goodbye Miller enjoy your free time because the poll will speak for itself.
Yes I agree with what Tim Smith said "next year's General Election is the most important Poll" Goodbye Miller enjoy your free time because the poll will speak for itself. Hooked on you
  • Score: 15

2:47pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Angry of Basingstoke says...

Why would Mrs Miller wish to go to the polls and lose? She was difficult, threatening and obstructive during her investigation and seems to be doing the same now?
Does she think the residents of Basingstoke will forgive her actions? A good many of us have read the evidence (yes, believe it or not, we can read Maria) from intensive investigations by many respected sources and to then to believe she is innocent of the charges? Crazy.
Does she believe we are stupid?
I do not want her as my MP and I will wait if I have to and then NOT vote for her. I believe ALL members of Parliament should have honesty, integrity and honour, it our MP appears to have none of those traits.
Why would Mrs Miller wish to go to the polls and lose? She was difficult, threatening and obstructive during her investigation and seems to be doing the same now? Does she think the residents of Basingstoke will forgive her actions? A good many of us have read the evidence (yes, believe it or not, we can read Maria) from intensive investigations by many respected sources and to then to believe she is innocent of the charges? Crazy. Does she believe we are stupid? I do not want her as my MP and I will wait if I have to and then NOT vote for her. I believe ALL members of Parliament should have honesty, integrity and honour, it our MP appears to have none of those traits. Angry of Basingstoke
  • Score: 19

4:15pm Thu 17 Apr 14

shamazing says...

Perhaps she feels she has to "front" this out to save face!
Please don't stay on our account Maria, we will happily spare your blushes by turning the other cheek while you slip quietly away... Oh and don't slam the door on the way out, we know your apt to have petulant outbursts from time to time!
Perhaps she feels she has to "front" this out to save face! Please don't stay on our account Maria, we will happily spare your blushes by turning the other cheek while you slip quietly away... Oh and don't slam the door on the way out, we know your apt to have petulant outbursts from time to time! shamazing
  • Score: 13

4:19pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Pacifier says...

Oh for goodness sake stop this stupid nonsensical campaign...the time to decide is next year...the more the media ignite this hysteria, the more likely I am to change my mind and vote for her then....this is a silly stupid boring campaign, and frankly I'm bored with it and disappointed in the Gazette. Why not take a close look at MEP's you might be in for a huge shock, or is that not in the Gazettes vendetta sights.
Oh for goodness sake stop this stupid nonsensical campaign...the time to decide is next year...the more the media ignite this hysteria, the more likely I am to change my mind and vote for her then....this is a silly stupid boring campaign, and frankly I'm bored with it and disappointed in the Gazette. Why not take a close look at MEP's you might be in for a huge shock, or is that not in the Gazettes vendetta sights. Pacifier
  • Score: -22

4:23pm Thu 17 Apr 14

shamazing says...

Pacifier wrote:
Oh for goodness sake stop this stupid nonsensical campaign...the time to decide is next year...the more the media ignite this hysteria, the more likely I am to change my mind and vote for her then....this is a silly stupid boring campaign, and frankly I'm bored with it and disappointed in the Gazette. Why not take a close look at MEP's you might be in for a huge shock, or is that not in the Gazettes vendetta sights.
You can always opt out of getting email updates!!!
[quote][p][bold]Pacifier[/bold] wrote: Oh for goodness sake stop this stupid nonsensical campaign...the time to decide is next year...the more the media ignite this hysteria, the more likely I am to change my mind and vote for her then....this is a silly stupid boring campaign, and frankly I'm bored with it and disappointed in the Gazette. Why not take a close look at MEP's you might be in for a huge shock, or is that not in the Gazettes vendetta sights.[/p][/quote]You can always opt out of getting email updates!!! shamazing
  • Score: 11

4:31pm Thu 17 Apr 14

stevemac1970 says...

Pacifier wrote:
Oh for goodness sake stop this stupid nonsensical campaign...the time to decide is next year...the more the media ignite this hysteria, the more likely I am to change my mind and vote for her then....this is a silly stupid boring campaign, and frankly I'm bored with it and disappointed in the Gazette. Why not take a close look at MEP's you might be in for a huge shock, or is that not in the Gazettes vendetta sights.
What are you on about? MEPs have allowances that need no justification, it is almost impossible to claim and be fraudulent in their case. This is a woman who said that we should not pay expenses to help disabled people work, then voted to remove the same peoples benefits, lied to her association about why her parents live with her (I refer to when we interviewed her she said they were living with her at her home in Wimbledon to look after her children) then claimed huge amounts of money she should have paid back but her cronies said "just pay £5800 back, that'll do"...... Let her go..... straight to jail and give Basingstoke an MP for the town, not for the perks.
[quote][p][bold]Pacifier[/bold] wrote: Oh for goodness sake stop this stupid nonsensical campaign...the time to decide is next year...the more the media ignite this hysteria, the more likely I am to change my mind and vote for her then....this is a silly stupid boring campaign, and frankly I'm bored with it and disappointed in the Gazette. Why not take a close look at MEP's you might be in for a huge shock, or is that not in the Gazettes vendetta sights.[/p][/quote]What are you on about? MEPs have allowances that need no justification, it is almost impossible to claim and be fraudulent in their case. This is a woman who said that we should not pay expenses to help disabled people work, then voted to remove the same peoples benefits, lied to her association about why her parents live with her (I refer to when we interviewed her she said they were living with her at her home in Wimbledon to look after her children) then claimed huge amounts of money she should have paid back but her cronies said "just pay £5800 back, that'll do"...... Let her go..... straight to jail and give Basingstoke an MP for the town, not for the perks. stevemac1970
  • Score: 16

5:06pm Thu 17 Apr 14

popleyrebel2 says...

Miller destroyed lives when working alongside Ian Duncan Smith, groups of disabled were disbanded and slung on the scrap heap and food banks became the fastest growing industry. Whilst all this was going on Miller was praying that her past stayed her past, however, good journalism broke the story, Miller had milked the political system of thousands and was to be investigated.
The poacher had become gamekeeper.
Miller destroyed lives when working alongside Ian Duncan Smith, groups of disabled were disbanded and slung on the scrap heap and food banks became the fastest growing industry. Whilst all this was going on Miller was praying that her past stayed her past, however, good journalism broke the story, Miller had milked the political system of thousands and was to be investigated. The poacher had become gamekeeper. popleyrebel2
  • Score: 5

8:21am Fri 18 Apr 14

stevenm353 says...

Miller just go and turn off the lights when you leave.
Miller just go and turn off the lights when you leave. stevenm353
  • Score: 8

9:23am Fri 18 Apr 14

Upontheroof says...

I'd like to see large wind turbines, an electricity pylon and maybe some sort of drive thru made right next to her new home.
I'd like to see large wind turbines, an electricity pylon and maybe some sort of drive thru made right next to her new home. Upontheroof
  • Score: 3

11:58am Fri 18 Apr 14

OvercrowdedCountry says...

What saddens and disgusts me with the whole expenses saga is that none of the MPs felt that there was anything wrong with what they were doing. They weren't breaking any laws, and (in their views) they weren't breaking any rules; but did none of them feel that MPs expenses (public money!) were not intended to be used the way they were using it? I suppose that even decent genuine people become corrupted when they get into government, and they lose their sense of what is right and wrong.
What saddens and disgusts me with the whole expenses saga is that none of the MPs felt that there was anything wrong with what they were doing. They weren't breaking any laws, and (in their views) they weren't breaking any rules; but did none of them feel that MPs expenses (public money!) were not intended to be used the way they were using it? I suppose that even decent genuine people become corrupted when they get into government, and they lose their sense of what is right and wrong. OvercrowdedCountry
  • Score: 7

1:44pm Fri 18 Apr 14

bernard bof says...

Mrs Miller, please just go now, the people of Basingstoke want a local MP, not a career politician and Tory party yes-person from Wimbledon.
Mrs Miller, please just go now, the people of Basingstoke want a local MP, not a career politician and Tory party yes-person from Wimbledon. bernard bof
  • Score: 6

7:03pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Upontheroof says...

I'd be interested to read the opinion of the people who are voting down the obvious and very normal responses, from people who aren't happy with her conduct.

Instead of just hitting a thumbs down, which no doubt you will do on here now. Why don't the Millar family and close friends just reply with there version of events to see what they don't like ;-)
I'd be interested to read the opinion of the people who are voting down the obvious and very normal responses, from people who aren't happy with her conduct. Instead of just hitting a thumbs down, which no doubt you will do on here now. Why don't the Millar family and close friends just reply with there version of events to see what they don't like ;-) Upontheroof
  • Score: 3

6:11pm Mon 5 May 14

rkane26 says...

If Maria Miller is morally happy with what she did, why has she not laid out (for all to validate) exactly what she did, when she did it and the monetary values involved.

The fact that she has not speaks volumes that she too is embarrassed by what she has done and in turn cannot and will not state the facts.

She should be prosecuted just as you or I would be in a similar position, but of course MPs don't have to play by the rules like the rest of us do they? A simple slap on the wrist will suffice for them.

And the government wonders why we have little faith in politicians.

MP's who rob the public purse in the name of 'the rules' should be sent to prison.
If Maria Miller is morally happy with what she did, why has she not laid out (for all to validate) exactly what she did, when she did it and the monetary values involved. The fact that she has not speaks volumes that she too is embarrassed by what she has done and in turn cannot and will not state the facts. She should be prosecuted just as you or I would be in a similar position, but of course MPs don't have to play by the rules like the rest of us do they? A simple slap on the wrist will suffice for them. And the government wonders why we have little faith in politicians. MP's who rob the public purse in the name of 'the rules' should be sent to prison. rkane26
  • Score: 1

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