Maria Miller MP to head Culture, Media and Sport department in UK Government

Maria Miller MP in the House of Commons

Maria Miller MP in the House of Commons

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BASINGSTOKE MP Maria Miller says she was surprised and delighted by her promotion today from a junior ministerial post to a position in the Cabinet.

Prime Minister David Cameron promoted Conservative Mrs Miller from Minister for Disabled People, to Secretary of State for Culture, Media, and Sport.

She replaces South West Surrey MP Jeremy Hunt in the job and said her main priorities will be to fight for better broadband access across the country, as well as promote the Olympic Games’ legacy.

Alongside her Cabinet role, Mrs Miller was also named as the Minister for Women and Equalities, taking over that portfolio from Home Secretary Theresa May.

Following her 40-minute meeting at 10 Downing Street this morning, Mrs Miller told The Gazette that she was happy with her new post. “It is a great privilege to take culture, media, and sport after what has been one of the most fantastic summers I can remember of Olympic and Paralympic sport,” she said.

“It is going to be a fantastic challenge going forward. The department has a really important role in building the economic success of Britain.”

Mrs Miller added that she will draw on her experience as a Basingstoke MP in her Cabinet role. She said: “I think the great thing about my role is there is an enormous crossover as an MP, as Basingstoke is a cultural centre in the South East. A ministerial job means I can make sure that I can take everything I have learned in Basingstoke and apply it on a national scale.

“We have one of the top concert halls in the country, we have a vibrant cultural community – Basingstoke has been a fantastic place to learn how to deliver great culture and sport at a local level.”

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2:04pm Wed 5 Sep 12

P Heath says...

Having crippled the disabled financially a well earned reward I hope she gets the appreciation of the crowd at the closing of the paralympics just as Osbourne did.

Assume she now backs changing planning with the rest of Cabinet to take away Green Belt and the publics voice.
Having crippled the disabled financially a well earned reward I hope she gets the appreciation of the crowd at the closing of the paralympics just as Osbourne did. Assume she now backs changing planning with the rest of Cabinet to take away Green Belt and the publics voice. P Heath
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8:03am Thu 6 Sep 12

Buster Preciation says...

You have to smile at the irony of the MP for Basingstoke being made the Culture Secretary!
You have to smile at the irony of the MP for Basingstoke being made the Culture Secretary! Buster Preciation
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11:45am Fri 7 Sep 12

robertspet8 says...

Her reward for toeing the party line and ignoring both her conscience and her constituents when voting on certain issues, I wonder.
Her reward for toeing the party line and ignoring both her conscience and her constituents when voting on certain issues, I wonder. robertspet8
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9:15am Mon 10 Sep 12

Opinions_opinions says...

It means we will all see even less of her in Basingstoke now ..... but hold on .. we never saw her anyway unless she had the opportunity of being in the Gazette !!! Has anyone honestly ever seen Maria Miller in Basingstoke shopping ? All her shopping is done in Merton SW London where she lives in her so called second home where she has lived for many many years with her husband and children. Someone please tell me what Maria Miller has actually done for her constituents ? Sadly the same can be said of most MP's. They are not there to help the people they voted in , they exist just for their own career advancement and the hope that they will become even more powerful.
It means we will all see even less of her in Basingstoke now ..... but hold on .. we never saw her anyway unless she had the opportunity of being in the Gazette !!! Has anyone honestly ever seen Maria Miller in Basingstoke shopping ? All her shopping is done in Merton SW London where she lives in her so called second home where she has lived for many many years with her husband and children. Someone please tell me what Maria Miller has actually done for her constituents ? Sadly the same can be said of most MP's. They are not there to help the people they voted in , they exist just for their own career advancement and the hope that they will become even more powerful. Opinions_opinions
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11:10am Mon 10 Sep 12

robertspet8 says...

I would call you cynical O2 if I didn't agree with every word of your comment.
I would call you cynical O2 if I didn't agree with every word of your comment. robertspet8
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5:23pm Tue 11 Sep 12

popleyrebel2 says...

Jeremy Hunt MP can’t be a hard act to follow after the damming reports of his links and support for the Murdock’s takeover of BSkyB, however, reporting back on the findings of the Leveson Inquiry will expose Maria Miller MP as just another gap filler.
Maria Miller MP was sent packing from her job as Education Minister when the coalition was formed
(Making way for a Lib Dem) and after doing Cameron’s dirty work (work and pensions) on the disabled, she has moved again, it’s interesting to note that Cameron wanted to move her old boss, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Iain Duncan Smith)) speculation was a u-turn was about happen once IDS was out of the way, bad news for Cameron, IDS is not for moving.
Maria Miller MP has enjoyed the protection of the Gazette (statements without questions) and that will all change when her lack of debating skills are exposed at the dispatch box, the media in general will have a field day.
Jeremy Hunt MP can’t be a hard act to follow after the damming reports of his links and support for the Murdock’s takeover of BSkyB, however, reporting back on the findings of the Leveson Inquiry will expose Maria Miller MP as just another gap filler. Maria Miller MP was sent packing from her job as Education Minister when the coalition was formed (Making way for a Lib Dem) and after doing Cameron’s dirty work (work and pensions) on the disabled, she has moved again, it’s interesting to note that Cameron wanted to move her old boss, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Iain Duncan Smith)) speculation was a u-turn was about happen once IDS was out of the way, bad news for Cameron, IDS is not for moving. Maria Miller MP has enjoyed the protection of the Gazette (statements without questions) and that will all change when her lack of debating skills are exposed at the dispatch box, the media in general will have a field day. popleyrebel2
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