MP Maria Miller one of the top most powerful women in UK

First published in News by , Senior Reporter

SHE is a leading member of the Government – and now Basingstoke MP Maria Miller has been named as one of the top 20 most powerful women in the United Kingdom.

Mrs Miller, who is Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, was ranked at 17 in The Power List 2013, which was compiled for Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

It was put together for the programme by a judging panel made up of journalist Eve Pollard, Conservative MP Priti Patel, television presenter Dawn O’Porter, Labour peer Baroness Oona King, novelist Val McDermid and former Woman’s Hour editor Jill Burridge.

The countdown ranks only the top 20 most powerful women in the UK, with The Queen topping the list. The remaining 80 most powerful women, including Kingsclere’s Clare Balding, pictured, Victoria Beckham and Adele, are not ranked.

Alice Feinstein, editor of Woman’s Hour, said the women on the list are those who have the power to bring about change.

She said: “In their search, the panel considered thousands of inspirational, accomplished women who are leaders in their fields. Their top 100 women are the ones who have the power to bring about change in 2013 – not just the truly brilliant.

“They include role models, game-changers and women who are challenging thinking in their areas as well as hiring, firing, influencing and spending. “We will use this list as a springboard from which to discuss the contribution all women make to society – and to ask why there isn’t greater diversity in the list.”

Mrs Miller, who has been the MP for Basingstoke since 2005, was appointed to the Coalition Cabinet last September.

Part of her citation in The Power List 2013 reads: “She has defended the Tories against accusations of snobbery, citing her state-school education and working-class background as proof of the diver-sity within the Party.”

Clare Balding’s citation reads: “Clare Balding was already a respected sports presenter when she won wide praise for her presentation of Channel 4’s coverage of the Paralympics 2012. In the late 1980s, she was a leading amateur jockey and horse racing has been a significant strand in her broadcasting career.”

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2:35pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Opinions_opinions says...

Oh Dear. Already voted one of the most powerful !!! Have we had the results of her expenses audit yet ?
Oh Dear. Already voted one of the most powerful !!! Have we had the results of her expenses audit yet ? Opinions_opinions
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5:09pm Wed 20 Feb 13

englishrose_uk says...

My thoughts exactly! How depressing.....she is nothing more than a useless drain on public money and a mouthpiece for this appalling government!
My thoughts exactly! How depressing.....she is nothing more than a useless drain on public money and a mouthpiece for this appalling government! englishrose_uk
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5:58pm Wed 20 Feb 13

popleyrebel2 says...

Total sham, powerless in her own constituency to hold her Council to account when they act unlawfully and as a consequence cost the borough £400,000 (Manydown saga)
As for this Tory administration, her silence is golden.
Total sham, powerless in her own constituency to hold her Council to account when they act unlawfully and as a consequence cost the borough £400,000 (Manydown saga) As for this Tory administration, her silence is golden. popleyrebel2
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9:12am Thu 21 Feb 13

JJ38JJ says...

"Their top 100 women are the ones who have the power to bring about change in 2013 – not just the truly brilliant."
So if the list contains people with the power to bring about change then the roles or titles should be in the list not the post-holders. It's all very well being in a position of power - and a cabinet minister clearly is - but if that minister is ineffective or misuses that power then that is the true measure of the person.
"Their top 100 women are the ones who have the power to bring about change in 2013 – not just the truly brilliant." So if the list contains people with the power to bring about change then the roles or titles should be in the list not the post-holders. It's all very well being in a position of power - and a cabinet minister clearly is - but if that minister is ineffective or misuses that power then that is the true measure of the person. JJ38JJ
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8:08pm Fri 22 Feb 13

BeatlesGuru says...

She's a typical snobby Tory and deceitful with her second home expenses even before she became MP. I was born and raised in Basingstoke and sick and tired of the old Tory order of Tory controlled council and over long succession of Tory MP's we desperately need a new direction a Labour MP and council to breathe new life into this god forsaken dead town.
She's a typical snobby Tory and deceitful with her second home expenses even before she became MP. I was born and raised in Basingstoke and sick and tired of the old Tory order of Tory controlled council and over long succession of Tory MP's we desperately need a new direction a Labour MP and council to breathe new life into this god forsaken dead town. BeatlesGuru
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10:43pm Fri 22 Feb 13

alan partridge says...

AHA!

she will be voted out together with all the other tory filth at the next general election.

They make Gordon Brown and co. look like gods and angels.
AHA! she will be voted out together with all the other tory filth at the next general election. They make Gordon Brown and co. look like gods and angels. alan partridge
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11:48am Mon 25 Feb 13

Upontheroof says...

Unreal!

Can't wait till she get's either kicked out or voted out. Which ever comes first .....
Unreal! Can't wait till she get's either kicked out or voted out. Which ever comes first ..... Upontheroof
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12:03pm Mon 25 Feb 13

jonone says...

BeatlesGuru wrote:
She's a typical snobby Tory and deceitful with her second home expenses even before she became MP. I was born and raised in Basingstoke and sick and tired of the old Tory order of Tory controlled council and over long succession of Tory MP's we desperately need a new direction a Labour MP and council to breathe new life into this god forsaken dead town.
Well, Basingstoke has enough job dodgers in social housing sponging off the Government to be a Labour town. Luckily such people are too lazy to get down to the polling centre!!
[quote][p][bold]BeatlesGuru[/bold] wrote: She's a typical snobby Tory and deceitful with her second home expenses even before she became MP. I was born and raised in Basingstoke and sick and tired of the old Tory order of Tory controlled council and over long succession of Tory MP's we desperately need a new direction a Labour MP and council to breathe new life into this god forsaken dead town.[/p][/quote]Well, Basingstoke has enough job dodgers in social housing sponging off the Government to be a Labour town. Luckily such people are too lazy to get down to the polling centre!! jonone
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2:02pm Mon 25 Feb 13

poi000 says...

Whatever you think of Maria Miller, look at how Basingstoke has voted in the past. As far back as I can find, we have sent exaclty two liberal MPs to Westminster, in 1906 and 1923. Other than that it's been a true blue town for 130 years.
Whatever you think of Maria Miller, look at how Basingstoke has voted in the past. As far back as I can find, we have sent exaclty two liberal MPs to Westminster, in 1906 and 1923. Other than that it's been a true blue town for 130 years. poi000
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2:06pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Upontheroof says...

and that was the reason she was sent here in the first place .....
and that was the reason she was sent here in the first place ..... Upontheroof
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9:43am Tue 26 Feb 13

RgPostcode says...

BeatlesGuru wrote:
She's a typical snobby Tory and deceitful with her second home expenses even before she became MP. I was born and raised in Basingstoke and sick and tired of the old Tory order of Tory controlled council and over long succession of Tory MP's we desperately need a new direction a Labour MP and council to breathe new life into this god forsaken dead town.
I certainly DO NOT want to live in a Labour town. We're not a benefit scroungers like the people in Preston and Burnley.
[quote][p][bold]BeatlesGuru[/bold] wrote: She's a typical snobby Tory and deceitful with her second home expenses even before she became MP. I was born and raised in Basingstoke and sick and tired of the old Tory order of Tory controlled council and over long succession of Tory MP's we desperately need a new direction a Labour MP and council to breathe new life into this god forsaken dead town.[/p][/quote]I certainly DO NOT want to live in a Labour town. We're not a benefit scroungers like the people in Preston and Burnley. RgPostcode
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9:44am Tue 26 Feb 13

RgPostcode says...

Has she actually done ANYTHING for Basingstoke?
Has she actually done ANYTHING for Basingstoke? RgPostcode
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10:00am Tue 26 Feb 13

Upontheroof says...

In a word, no.
In a word, no. Upontheroof
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2:59pm Tue 26 Feb 13

BeatlesGuru says...

RgPostcode wrote:
Has she actually done ANYTHING for Basingstoke?
No! she most definitely has not.

Anything and everything that I have written to her about she knew or could do nothing about. All she ever does is forward your letter, in other words "pass the buck", she never holds the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to account the way that one would expect a member of parliament to do -not that any of her Tory predecessors ever did either. But then with a succession of Tory councils it's a clear case of Tories united defending each other right or wrong a good enough reason in itself to end the old Tory order. We now see that the LibDems are just a lazy cop out abandoning everything they campaigned for except that silly av referendum. I'm glad it's widely predicted that LibDems will be completely wiped out by the next election because we won't have them splitting the opposition vote.

She is too weak to stand up to that utterly useless borough council chief executive. An elected mayor is far better value for council tax money than that chief executive.
[quote][p][bold]RgPostcode[/bold] wrote: Has she actually done ANYTHING for Basingstoke?[/p][/quote]No! she most definitely has not. Anything and everything that I have written to her about she knew or could do nothing about. All she ever does is forward your letter, in other words "pass the buck", she never holds the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to account the way that one would expect a member of parliament to do -not that any of her Tory predecessors ever did either. But then with a succession of Tory councils it's a clear case of Tories united defending each other right or wrong a good enough reason in itself to end the old Tory order. We now see that the LibDems are just a lazy cop out abandoning everything they campaigned for except that silly av referendum. I'm glad it's widely predicted that LibDems will be completely wiped out by the next election because we won't have them splitting the opposition vote. She is too weak to stand up to that utterly useless borough council chief executive. An elected mayor is far better value for council tax money than that chief executive. BeatlesGuru
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4:21pm Tue 26 Feb 13

popleyrebel2 says...

If we had a Labour council and they had acted unlawfully (Manydown) that cost the borough £400,000 in legal fees she would be shouting from the rafters (including Westminster).
She would be asking questions, who did advise the council and demanding that heads should roll.
We also have the first academy (Everest) that has become a failing school/ academy however, no comment from our MP.
When she was Minister for children during the phone hacking she never once challenged the Murdoch press for hacking the phone of murdered children.
Her office and that of David Cameron tried to mute the press from publishing her expenses (2nd home)

Quite impressive don’t you think?
If we had a Labour council and they had acted unlawfully (Manydown) that cost the borough £400,000 in legal fees she would be shouting from the rafters (including Westminster). She would be asking questions, who did advise the council and demanding that heads should roll. We also have the first academy (Everest) that has become a failing school/ academy however, no comment from our MP. When she was Minister for children during the phone hacking she never once challenged the Murdoch press for hacking the phone of murdered children. Her office and that of David Cameron tried to mute the press from publishing her expenses (2nd home) Quite impressive don’t you think? popleyrebel2
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11:28pm Tue 26 Feb 13

BeatlesGuru says...

Then there was that total shambles of the mayor selection farce a few years ago for which she said & did nothing. She behaves more like an outsider than a Basingstoke MP, but then so did David Mitchell and Andrew Hunter. So please let us have a wind of change to blow away the old Tory order ASAP!! so that we can at long last have a MP that truly represents Basingstoke in a manner that Mitchell, Hunter & Miller have never done.
Then there was that total shambles of the mayor selection farce a few years ago for which she said & did nothing. She behaves more like an outsider than a Basingstoke MP, but then so did David Mitchell and Andrew Hunter. So please let us have a wind of change to blow away the old Tory order ASAP!! so that we can at long last have a MP that truly represents Basingstoke in a manner that Mitchell, Hunter & Miller have never done. BeatlesGuru
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