Maria Miller stumps up for charity calendars after being blamed for poor sales

Brian James with one of the calenders featuring Basingstoke MP Maria Miller

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First published in News Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

BASINGSTOKE MP Maria Miller has donated £250 to a BBC charity appeal after a musician blamed her for hitting sales of his remaining charity calendars.

As reported in last week’s edition of The Gazette, Brian James had written to Mrs Miller to ask her for £250 after he claimed he couldn’t sell the final 50 of his £5 charity calendars, which aim to raise money for BBC’s Children in Need.

Brian, from Fountains Close, in Popley, Basingstoke, believed the fallout from Mrs Miller’s expenses claims saga, which saw the Basingstoke MP resign from her position as Culture Secretary on April 9, hampered his attempts to sell the calendars because a picture of the MP was on the front cover.

The calendar features images of buskers around the town centre, and the singer with well-known local people, including Mrs Miller.

Singer Brian had already raised £1,100 for the appeal after selling copies of the Basingstoke-themed calendar and copies of his £2.50 CD around the borough.

But now Mrs Miller has written to the musician, thanking him for his request for funding, and has donated £250 to the BBC charity.

Responding to the donation, Brian said: “I am chuffed to bits and it (the money) will be important for BBC’s Children in Need.

“It has really surprised me. I liked her before she was elected, and it has shown I was not wrong about her.”

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2:15pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Max Headroom says...

Given that £250 is only 0.005% of the £48k Mrs Miller swindled from the taxpayer, it's still nothing more than a token gesture. Pay it all back. Now.
Given that £250 is only 0.005% of the £48k Mrs Miller swindled from the taxpayer, it's still nothing more than a token gesture. Pay it all back. Now. Max Headroom
  • Score: 14

7:46pm Thu 24 Apr 14

basingstokeman01 says...

Was about to say the same thing.... swindled thousands of pounds from the tax payer and all she gives to a charity is a measly £250? surely thats just an insult!
Was about to say the same thing.... swindled thousands of pounds from the tax payer and all she gives to a charity is a measly £250? surely thats just an insult! basingstokeman01
  • Score: 12

7:48pm Thu 24 Apr 14

deborah.long14@btinternet.com says...

Tarnished charity money!!
Tarnished charity money!! deborah.long14@btinternet.com
  • Score: 9

11:07am Fri 25 Apr 14

Upontheroof says...

quote “It has really surprised me. I liked her before she was elected, and it has shown I was not wrong about her.” unquote - What a brown tongue but what fool has there picture taken with her when she's under investigation for over claiming AKA thieving?

I'd prefer to read Jessica Baves follow up report to why MM failed to answer the Levinson question and some more in-depth probing to why she did it in the first place. Let's hope Jessica keeps her backbone upright ...
quote “It has really surprised me. I liked her before she was elected, and it has shown I was not wrong about her.” unquote - What a brown tongue but what fool has there picture taken with her when she's under investigation for over claiming AKA thieving? I'd prefer to read Jessica Baves follow up report to why MM failed to answer the Levinson question and some more in-depth probing to why she did it in the first place. Let's hope Jessica keeps her backbone upright ... Upontheroof
  • Score: 10

2:29pm Fri 25 Apr 14

DanBrad says...

£ 250 will never put right the wrong that Mrs Miller has inflicted on the tax payers of the UK and the people of Basingstoke, the only date she should have in her calender is that of her resignation as MP.
£ 250 will never put right the wrong that Mrs Miller has inflicted on the tax payers of the UK and the people of Basingstoke, the only date she should have in her calender is that of her resignation as MP. DanBrad
  • Score: 9

3:26pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Suriman says...

Basingstoke conservatives need to update their web site. They still have her down as Secretary of State for culture, media and sport? Maybe they are in denial.
Basingstoke conservatives need to update their web site. They still have her down as Secretary of State for culture, media and sport? Maybe they are in denial. Suriman
  • Score: 10

4:15pm Fri 25 Apr 14

popleyrebel2 says...

Brian James has only received compensation for his taxes that paid for Maria Millers new home.
As for Jessica Bave, doing a good job Jessica, sadly however Tim Smith (the talking Tory) and others will be on her case.
It’s a sad indictment that she needs a media minder.
Brian James has only received compensation for his taxes that paid for Maria Millers new home. As for Jessica Bave, doing a good job Jessica, sadly however Tim Smith (the talking Tory) and others will be on her case. It’s a sad indictment that she needs a media minder. popleyrebel2
  • Score: 5

10:57pm Fri 25 Apr 14

CineEngineer says...

Miller is still a thieving scum bag. She does not deserve to be in politics.
Miller is still a thieving scum bag. She does not deserve to be in politics. CineEngineer
  • Score: 8

12:40am Sun 27 Apr 14

Marina Morris says...

She's probably able to claim it back as an expense of office
She's probably able to claim it back as an expense of office Marina Morris
  • Score: 7

9:43am Thu 1 May 14

Upontheroof says...

If you read this article from her website it does read that she has given the money as a way of helping out a charity.

https://sites.google
.com/site/mariamille
rmp/news-2014/localm
pdonatestobbcchildre
ninneed

NOT because it was her face on there stopping any further sales......
If you read this article from her website it does read that she has given the money as a way of helping out a charity. https://sites.google .com/site/mariamille rmp/news-2014/localm pdonatestobbcchildre ninneed NOT because it was her face on there stopping any further sales...... Upontheroof
  • Score: 3

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