Survey finds most of Britain wants rid of Culture Secretary embroiled in expenses scandal
Maria Miller has come under increasing pressure to resign after a poll revealed the vast majority of Britain want her sacked.
Eight out of 10 of those asked by Survation and the Mail on Sunday believed Ms Miller should be given the boot from her position as Culture Secretary for her role in the mortgage expenses scandal.
The MP for Basingstoke, who as disability minister helped close Remploy factories for disabled workers and played a role in drawing up the government’s hated benefit reforms, gave an infamous 30-second apology for her almost £6,000 mortgage over-claim to the Commons last week.
Independent parliamentary standards authority chairman Sir Ian Kennedy said: “MPs marking their own homework always ends in scandal.”
Ms Miller was also accused by Labour MP John Mann of bullying the standards independent commissioner Kathryn Hudson, who is responsible for the inquiry.
Email correspondence show the Culture Secretary suggesting she could bypass Ms Hudson and ask fellow MPs in the standards commission to intervene.
Ms Miller goes on to say that to pursue the case would “undermine the inquiry process in comparison to issues that really are serious matters.”
But Conservative chairman Grant Shapps dismissed Ms Miller’s behaviour as mere frustration over the process.
Prime Minister David Cameron advised the press that it was “time to draw a line under” the whole story.
The poll comes merely months after the Daily Telegraph accused Ms Miller and her staff of allegedly trying to silence a press investigation into the over £90,000 she had claimed on her second home.
This weekend, 66 per cent of the over 1,000 people surveyed thought that Ms Miller should no longer be involved with new press regulations following the Leveson report.
Meanwhile the Department of Culture, Media and Sport official Twitter account is said to have been hacked after it published a series of messages mocking the Secretary of State.
“Seriously though guys which one of us hasn’t embezzled and cheated the taxpayer?? #FreeMariaMiller,” read one of the tweets.
Another quip: “@Maria_MillerMP is like a modern day Robin Hood, she robs the poor to help the rich” was quickly deleted once DCMS staff realised what was happening on Saturday evening.