Maria Miller asked to clarify reference to her role in the Leveson Report

Does Maria Miller believe she was the victim of a press witch-hunt due to her role in the Leveson Report?

Does Maria Miller believe she was the victim of a press witch-hunt due to her role in the Leveson Report?

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DO you feel you were the victim of a press witch-hunt? That was the question put to Maria Miller on Tuesday by The Gazette after the MP sent in her latest “How I See It” column.

In the column, Mrs Miller wrote said: “As a Government Minister, the Prime Minister asked me to handle difficult Government reforms, including equal marriage.

“But, of course, implementing the recommendations made by Lord Justice Leveson on the future of media regulation, following the phone hacking scandals, would always be controversial for the press.”

When The Gazette’s political reporter Jessica Bave requested a telephone interview to clarify why Mrs Miller had made the reference to the Leveson Report and press regulation issue, she was told that the MP was not available.

Instead, Tim Smith, from the Conservative Party’s press office, who has been assigned to deal with the MP’s press enquiries, said: “I can’t see what clarification is needed.

“I think she is talking about the reforms which were absolutely central to her role as Culture Secretary.”

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4:18pm Fri 18 Apr 14

stevemac1970 says...

My goodness, for a person who puts them self out as an intelligent person there for the people and operating openly, she learns nothing. It is this evasive attitude that caused her to be in this mess to start with. If she doesn't feel she can be answerable to Basingstoke then stand down and the people have a real mp who will be prepared to answer the questions that Basingstoke deserve answers to.
My goodness, for a person who puts them self out as an intelligent person there for the people and operating openly, she learns nothing. It is this evasive attitude that caused her to be in this mess to start with. If she doesn't feel she can be answerable to Basingstoke then stand down and the people have a real mp who will be prepared to answer the questions that Basingstoke deserve answers to. stevemac1970
  • Score: 13

4:25pm Fri 18 Apr 14

andrewwe says...

She obviously doesn't need a ''How I See It'' column in The Gazette any more then....
She obviously doesn't need a ''How I See It'' column in The Gazette any more then.... andrewwe
  • Score: 12

8:40pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Basing Bill says...

Has Maria Miller ever been questioned on her views about gay marriage? She piloted the equal marriage legislation through Parliament, but I've been told by a senior Basingstoke Tory councillor that she is in fact opposed to gay marriage. Does that mean she did Cameron's bidding rather than quit as a Minister on a point of principle?
Has Maria Miller ever been questioned on her views about gay marriage? She piloted the equal marriage legislation through Parliament, but I've been told by a senior Basingstoke Tory councillor that she is in fact opposed to gay marriage. Does that mean she did Cameron's bidding rather than quit as a Minister on a point of principle? Basing Bill
  • Score: 7

12:56am Sat 19 Apr 14

1echidna says...

Tim Smith, a Conservative Party Press Officer has commented. His clarification is that the implementation of the Leveson Report and press regulation was central to Ms Miller's role. Can he really mean that her role in this respect is relevant to discussions with a newspaper over alleged corruption on her and perhaps other parliamentarians part? We appear to have here a positive indication of the dangers of Leveson being used to protect members of parliament from criticism. A grave danger to democracy as we know it.
Tim Smith, a Conservative Party Press Officer has commented. His clarification is that the implementation of the Leveson Report and press regulation was central to Ms Miller's role. Can he really mean that her role in this respect is relevant to discussions with a newspaper over alleged corruption on her and perhaps other parliamentarians part? We appear to have here a positive indication of the dangers of Leveson being used to protect members of parliament from criticism. A grave danger to democracy as we know it. 1echidna
  • Score: 6

9:05am Sat 19 Apr 14

popleyrebel2 says...

The Gazette reporter Jessica Bave should be commended for taking Maria Miller MP on, she is like a breath of fresh air, long may it last.
The Gazette reporter Jessica Bave should be commended for taking Maria Miller MP on, she is like a breath of fresh air, long may it last. popleyrebel2
  • Score: 12

9:43am Sat 19 Apr 14

Upontheroof says...

popleyrebel2 wrote:
The Gazette reporter Jessica Bave should be commended for taking Maria Miller MP on, she is like a breath of fresh air, long may it last.
I agree with popleyrebel2.

She appears to be the first reporter for the paper to break the mould of shying away from questions that we all want to know the answers to. Well done Jessica Bave for having a back bone.

As for MM not been available? It just goes to show her continuing lack of respect for the local people, by hoping they'll just go away and forget what has occurred.

Time to resign along with most of the local Jurassic Tory party who are to scared to take there "hugging arms" away from her. They really are not doing the local Tory party any favours at all. in fact the UKIP must be laughing at them along with most other people. A very pathetic attitude by those who back her up .....
[quote][p][bold]popleyrebel2[/bold] wrote: The Gazette reporter Jessica Bave should be commended for taking Maria Miller MP on, she is like a breath of fresh air, long may it last.[/p][/quote]I agree with popleyrebel2. She appears to be the first reporter for the paper to break the mould of shying away from questions that we all want to know the answers to. Well done Jessica Bave for having a back bone. As for MM not been available? It just goes to show her continuing lack of respect for the local people, by hoping they'll just go away and forget what has occurred. Time to resign along with most of the local Jurassic Tory party who are to scared to take there "hugging arms" away from her. They really are not doing the local Tory party any favours at all. in fact the UKIP must be laughing at them along with most other people. A very pathetic attitude by those who back her up ..... Upontheroof
  • Score: 14

12:48pm Sat 19 Apr 14

popleyrebel2 says...

There was no witch hunt from the press, Miller has been treated in the same way as all corrupt MPs, it’s called freedom of the press, and therefore, the Leveson inquiry had no bearing on the treatment she received from the press.
That said, the freedom she has received from the Gazette has ended,
now that is freedom of the press, the freedom to ask questions and report back to the readers.
There was no witch hunt from the press, Miller has been treated in the same way as all corrupt MPs, it’s called freedom of the press, and therefore, the Leveson inquiry had no bearing on the treatment she received from the press. That said, the freedom she has received from the Gazette has ended, now that is freedom of the press, the freedom to ask questions and report back to the readers. popleyrebel2
  • Score: 9

12:53pm Sat 19 Apr 14

sumodd says...

It is sad to have an MP who's moral compass is so wrong. She has let down the good people of Basingstoke but most of all she has let her self down. How long do we have to wait before she does the right thing and we can vote in a by election? The paper poll should be should MM resign from being an MP?
It is sad to have an MP who's moral compass is so wrong. She has let down the good people of Basingstoke but most of all she has let her self down. How long do we have to wait before she does the right thing and we can vote in a by election? The paper poll should be should MM resign from being an MP? sumodd
  • Score: 8

9:34pm Sun 20 Apr 14

ELLIS17 says...

Out of touch and still a lack of honesty from her, come clean and tell the people of Basingstoke the whole story, answer the questions put to you, rather than use a spokesperson in the form of Tim Smith. The decent thing would be to resign as the Borough`s MP and allow the electors the chance to choose a new Member of Parliament in the hope he or she will be totally transparent when dealing with the public.
Out of touch and still a lack of honesty from her, come clean and tell the people of Basingstoke the whole story, answer the questions put to you, rather than use a spokesperson in the form of Tim Smith. The decent thing would be to resign as the Borough`s MP and allow the electors the chance to choose a new Member of Parliament in the hope he or she will be totally transparent when dealing with the public. ELLIS17
  • Score: 4

12:08am Mon 21 Apr 14

652AAC says...

The way Maria Miller bangs on about a 'press witch hunt', you could think that she was a member of UKIP and not the Conservatives.

As for...

"implementing the recommendations made by Lord Justice Leveson on the future of media regulation, following the phone hacking scandals, would always be controversial for the press."

Please tell me what has she done, what has she implemented....?

ANSWER - Absolutely nothing
The way Maria Miller bangs on about a 'press witch hunt', you could think that she was a member of UKIP and not the Conservatives. As for... "implementing the recommendations made by Lord Justice Leveson on the future of media regulation, following the phone hacking scandals, would always be controversial for the press." Please tell me what has she done, what has she implemented....? ANSWER - Absolutely nothing 652AAC
  • Score: 1

9:27am Mon 21 Apr 14

popleyrebel2 says...

Maria Miller was known as the Westminster dud, and (according to prominent political writers) she was out of her depth when promoted by Cameron and as a consequence her department was not fit for purpose.
There was no witch hunt, just the press doing their job by exposing another MP not fit for purpose and milking/fiddling the system.
Maria Miller was known as the Westminster dud, and (according to prominent political writers) she was out of her depth when promoted by Cameron and as a consequence her department was not fit for purpose. There was no witch hunt, just the press doing their job by exposing another MP not fit for purpose and milking/fiddling the system. popleyrebel2
  • Score: 3

2:01pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Angry of Basingstoke says...

A victim? Surely she was anything but?
What about all the taxpayers and voters?
Maria Miller exudes arrogance, contempt and is so utter out of touch, not to mention without any honour?
She should not be the MP for Basingstoke and should allow someone with integrity, honesty and belief in serving their constituents rather than trying to make money by any means fair or foul. Victim or Villain, I suggest 'Villain!'
A victim? Surely she was anything but? What about all the taxpayers and voters? Maria Miller exudes arrogance, contempt and is so utter out of touch, not to mention without any honour? She should not be the MP for Basingstoke and should allow someone with integrity, honesty and belief in serving their constituents rather than trying to make money by any means fair or foul. Victim or Villain, I suggest 'Villain!' Angry of Basingstoke
  • Score: 4

7:03am Wed 23 Apr 14

Goodbye says...

When the Conservative Party have to put a spokesperson up to answer media questions on Millers behalf it is a clear sign they do not trust her.

If her own party have no confidence in her why should we?
When the Conservative Party have to put a spokesperson up to answer media questions on Millers behalf it is a clear sign they do not trust her. If her own party have no confidence in her why should we? Goodbye
  • Score: 1

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