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Expenses: MP Maria reveals all
MP MARIA Miller has revealed her allowances claims to The Gazette in a bid to show the people of Basingstoke that she still deserves their trust.
The scandal over the expenses system and its alleged abuse by some Members of Parliament, from all sides of the House of Commons, has prompted public outrage, apologies, suspensions and some hurried repayments.
Now Mrs Miller has decided that the people who she serves deserve to know exactly what she has claimed sooner rather than later – and that is why she came to The Gazette and opened three huge files and two smaller folders of allowance claims to our scrutiny.
The Conservative politician said: “The reason why I have come to The Gazette with all the papers is because it’s only by being completely transparent that we (MPs) can rebuild trust and people can have confidence in our elected representatives.”
Mrs Miller said the total sums claimed by MPs had been available for two years and the finer details were likely to be made public next month, but this process was being held up while personal information about staff is removed.
“I’m not prepared to accept that delay,” she said. “I think people in Basingstoke want reassurance and that’s why I have taken the action that I have.”
Mrs Miller, who became MP for Basingstoke in 2005 with a majority of 4,680, added: “Sharing this information, I want to show that I believe transparency is critical to this system in the same way it is a requirement of any business.
“Everything I have claimed for is absolutely in accordance with the system – but I still believe the system needs fundamental change because it is clearly flawed.
“First and foremost, I have made sure the things I have claimed for are the things that I need so that my staff and I can do the job that the people of Basingstoke expect me to do.”
For the full story of Maria Miller's expenses and allowances see today's Gazette.