As it happened: Miller resignation

Key Points

  • Maria Miller resigns as culture secretary, saying the ongoing row over her mortgage expenses has become a "distraction"
  • Ed Miliband accuses David Cameron of mishandling the issue, but the PM says the Labour leader is "jumping on a political bandwagon"
  • Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid replaces Mrs Miller and is in turn replaced at the Treasury by Nicky Morgan, who also becomes minister for women

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  1.  
    07:44:

    Good morning. Welcome to our live coverage of the fallout from Culture Secretary Maria Miller's resignation after a long-running row over her expenses. We'll bring you the latest reaction and analysis from Westminster as it happens.

     
  2.  
    07:46:

    Mrs Miller resigned early this morning saying in a letter to the prime minister that questions over her expenses had "become a distraction from the vital work this government is doing".

     
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    07:54:

    David Cameron has left the door open for a return to the government. Responding to Mrs Miller's resignation letter he wrote: "I hope that you will be able to return to serving the government on the frontbench in due course, and am only sad that you are leaving the government in these circumstances."

     
  4.  
    07:54:
    Maria Miller Maria Miller resigned ahead of Prime Minister's Question Time later when Mr Cameron is expected to face criticism of his handling of the row
     
  5.  
    07:56:

    To recap, the Commons Standards Committee dismissed the central complaint against Mrs Miller - that she used her expenses to subsidise her parents, who lived with her in the home on which she claimed a second home allowance.

     
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    08:00:

    But she did have to repay £5,000 which she inadvertently over-claimed in mortgage payments and had to apologise to the Commons for the "legalistic" way in which she dealt with the complaint against her. The 32-second apology was much-criticised for its brevity and tone.

     
  7.  
    08:00:
    Maria Miller

    You can read all about Maria Miller's political career here Profile: Maria Miller

     
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    08:01:

    The independent parliamentary commissioner for standards had previously recommended she repay £45,000, having criticised her "attitude" to the inquiry. But the much lower sum was ordered by the Commons Standards Committee, a decision which sparked a political backlash.

     
  9.  
    08:03:

    Anyone who wants to dig into the detail can read the whole report here

     
  10.  
    08:07:

    Our political editor Nick Robinson says: "This decision is a defeat for a minister who believes she has been found not guilty on the central charge of asking the taxpayer to pay for a home for her elderly parents." Read more on Nick's blog here: Miller walks away from government

     
  11.  
    08:10:
    Maria Miller

    As culture secretary, Maria Miller was responsible for overseeing two of the government's higher profile and controversial policies: same-sex marriage and press regulation. Some have argued this put her squarely in the firing line of both the newspapers and some on the right of the Tory party.

     
  12.  
    08:12:

    Some political reaction is starting to come in. Labour's John Mann - the MP who made the original allegations against Mrs Miller - said it was "about time" she went. He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "Maria Miller should have resigned immediately and when she didn't resign, Mr Cameron should have shown a bit of leadership and sacked her."

    John Mann
     
  13.  
    08:17:

    Sven Godesen a local Conservative councillor in Mrs Miller's Basingstoke constituency said he was "disappointed that it has come to this but on the other hand we have achieved some sort of closure".

     
  14.  
    08:17:

    Some support for Mrs Miller from the Education Secretary Michael Gove, who's told the Today programme he was "saddened" by her departure. But he said: "The degree of public anger and emotion about expenses is something the political class do need to recognise."

     
  15.  
    Jon, Gillingham

    emails: Why MPs fiddle expenses or abuse the rules, they try and hang on to their jobs is beyond me. In no other company in the UK would you keep your job, defending them and helping them hang onto their job just looks like double standards. Why don't they just resign at the beginning?

     
  16.  
    08:18:

    Mr Gove said Mrs Miller was at Cabinet yesterday advising her colleagues about preparations for the Commonwealth Games with "efficiency and authority as she has always done".

     
  17.  
    Nathan, London

    emails: Cameron is deeply damaged by this. He seems (as ever) indecisive and lacking in principle, although one has to admire his tenaciousness in trying to avoid being blown by the media and its witch hunts.

     
  18.  
    Shadow Home Office minister Steve Reed

    tweets: "Cameron's judgment in question for supporting Maria Miller as she resigns over expenses shame."

     
  19.  
    08:26:

    Mr Gove said public anger over expenses was still "very very raw". With that in mind, there doesn't seem to be much sympathy for Mrs Miller, judging by the BBC News Facebook page

     
  20.  
    Benjamin, Nottingham

    emails: There was an air of inevitability to this news eventually being announced, which made Cameron's enduring support seem more than a little absurd. Plenty of chances were missed to take decisive action and save the reputation of MPs.

     
  21.  
    Lib Dem MP for Eastleigh Mike Thonton

    tweets: Maria Miller has resigned. Just before Prime Minister's Questions. Probably not a coincidence.

    And adds: MPs should not be their own judge.

     
  22.  
    David Aaronovitch, Times columnist

    tweets: I hate media firestorms. While they're raging any sense of perspective becomes an act of minor criminality.

     
  23.  
    08:31:

    Mrs Miller's departure means there are now just three women ministers in the Cabinet, out of a team of 22

     
  24.  
    Craig Woodhouse, political correspondent for The Sun

    tweets: Will be interesting to see how many Tory MPs bother turning up to PMQs today given a) the circumstances and b) it's recess tomorrow.

     
  25.  
    08:33:

    The culture secretary's resignation comes a day after she told her local newspaper she was "devastated" by what had happened. "I have let you down," she wrote in a column aimed at her constituents. "I can only hope that over time the focus will once again be on Basingstoke."

     
  26.  
    Conservative MP for Grantham and Stamford Nick Boles

    tweets: Through reasonable argument and calm persuasion Maria Miller made it possible for me and thousands like me to get married. Thank you Maria.

     
  27.  
    Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington Diane Abbott

    tweets: Beware the Ides of Wednesday morning. Miller won't be the last minister forced out because PM fears a roasting at PMQs.

     
  28.  
    Pam, Menston

    emails: I don't agree with Maria Miller's original actions, but here we go again, the press behaving like vultures. Freedom of the press is vital, but they must learn to use that freedom with maturity and have some consideration for those who have answered charges and been dealt with by the system.

     
  29.  
    Graham, UK

    emails: I hope she does return when the 'hounds' are called off and that she is able to resume the good work that she has been doing. In this instance, there seems to be little of Christian kindness and forgiveness in our country, which saddens me greatly.

     
  30.  
    Mike Smithson of politicalbetting.com

    tweets: Ladbrokes act fast. Next Culture Secretary betting: 6/4 Truss, 2/1 McVey, 6 Soubry, 100 Dorries

     
  31.  
    08:52:
    Lord Tebbit

    Lord Tebbit, who was the most senior Conservative to call on Mrs Miller to step down, has been giving his reaction to BBC Radio Suffolk. "It's a sensible thing to have done," he said. "It's a pity that it wasn't done earlier because in the meantime it has damaged the prime minister and it has distracted the government and the public from looking at the real things that need to be done in the country."

     
  32.  
    David, Essex

    emails: It has been a sign of weakness by David Cameron that he has not dealt with this case in a robust fashion. He should have sacked her and not waited for he to fall on her sword! We need strong leadership and not double standards. The next election will be a telling time for the Tories!!

     
  33.  
    Labour MP for Aberdeen South Dame Anne Begg

    tweets: Very interesting being in BBC Millbank when a major news story breaks during the morning news programmes. So my Today appearance dropped

     
  34.  
    Michael, London

    emails: Miller had no choice. The government cannot afford to have rows over expenses dominating the local and Euro elections next month to Ukip's benefit.

     
  35.  
    08:55:

    A Cabinet reshuffle is expected later, but as things stand there are now almost as many Theresas (May and Villiers) as there are women on the government front bench - Justine Greening being the third.

    Tory front bench
     
  36.  
    Mustafa, London

    emails: In any other job this money would have been clawed back or the culprit sent to jail. A shameful day for the Conservatives.

     
  37.  
    Dharobed, Croydon

    Emails: Echoes of Plebgate where a minister is driven out of office by the media and insular politicians, both baying for blood over a minor matter of interpretation. Shame on them both when there are real issues out there which are far more worthy of parliament and the media's time and effort.

     
  38.  
    09:04:
    Leveson

    Mrs Miller was of course responsible for overseeing press regulation in the wake of the Leveson Inquiry. When the Daily Telegraph raised questions about her expenses, the newspaper claims an aide to Mrs Miller used this to "warn" its reporter covering the story. "Maria has obviously been having quite a lot of editors' meetings around Leveson at the moment," Joanna Hindley allegedly told the reporter. "So I am just going to kind of flag up that connection for you to think about."

     
  39.  
    Harry Cole, contributing editor at the Spectator

    tweets: Lab weaken their line on DC by calling Miller "one of his own". She's a state-educated mother. Thought he was meant to be woman-hating toff?

     
  40.  
    09:09:

    Let's just recap the main findings of the standards committee report into Mrs Miller's expenses. Firstly, it found she did not pay as close attention to the rules of the Commons as she should have

     
  41.  
    Paul, Clevedon

    emails: An apology is not an apology when the actions requiring the apology are not mentioned or admitted to.

     
  42.  
    David, Great Easton

    emails: People are already saying Miller has been hounded out and there are more important things on the political agenda. Really, what is more important than our elected representatives been honest and doing the honourable thing?

     
  43.  
    09:15:

    Secondly, it said the documentation available of Mrs Miller's interactions with the parliamentary authorities showed a pattern where officials would press her for information and she would provide the minimum amount of information necessary.

     
  44.  
    09:16:

    Thirdly - and this was the key point for those defending Mrs Miller - she did not subsidise her parents' living costs from public funds.

     
  45.  
    09:16:

    Fourthly, the committee found Mrs Miller had identified an over-claim of £5,800 (which she has repaid). The committee said she should apologise by personal statement on the floor of the House of Commons for her attitude to the commissioner's inquiries.

     
  46.  
    09:18:

    Baroness Betty Boothroyd, the former House of Commons speaker has told Radio 5 live that "radical" changes need to be made to prevent MP's from policing themselves. She also criticised David Cameron for standing by his cabinet minister, claiming it was an "error of judgement".

    Baroness Boothroyd
     
  47.  
    09:31:

    For anyone feeling slightly confused by it all, there's a helpful Q&A covering the key points over on the politics section of the BBC News website

     
  48.  
    Vincent Moss, political editor at the Sunday Mirror

    tweets: Bookies Paddy Power make Esther McVey the 5/4 favourite to succeed Maria Miller as Culture Secretary

     
  49.  
    David, Edinburgh

    emails: I remember when resigning meant you left politics. Today, it seems a leave of absence. Don't know what the fuss is about as she will be back next year.

     
  50.  
    09:36:

    And you can also find the full text of Maria Miller's resignation letter and David Cameron's reply, in which he says he hopes his colleague will return to the top of government "in due course"

    David Cameron
     
  51.  
    Adam Boulton, political editor of Sky News

    tweets: Pity in someways @edvaizey actually savvy on culture media and sport but tokenism matters

     
  52.  
    09:44:

    If you missed Mrs Miller's apology to Parliament last week, the tone and length of which were roundly criticised, it is still available to watch.

     
  53.  
    Ed Vaizey, Conservative MP and Minister for Culture, Communications & Creative Industries

    tweets: I enjoyed working with Maria Miller, she was a great boss and achieved a lot, not least equal civil marriage. I am sad she has gone.

     
  54.  
    Andrew, Eastleigh

    emails: It's time for the MPs' expenses to be abolished. These people pay for nothing (if they don't get caught). Each and everything they 'purchase' is either heavily subsidised or can be claimed back through 'expenses'. It has to stop.

     
  55.  
    Derek, Pontypridd

    emails: The media will be pleased with itself, having a minister resign. Never mind the truth which would have been an inconvenience to the papers and the BBC.

     
  56.  
    Patrick Wintour, political editor of the Guardian

    tweets: A lot of female Conservative Ministers of State will be in search of their cultural hinterland right now.

     
  57.  
    09:52:
    Nigel Farage

    Nigel Farage the UKIP leader has weighed in to criticise the prime minister's handling of the affair. Speaking to BBC Radio London he said he "watched with incredulity" as Maria Miller "made a profit of a million quid on a house". He said: "The biggest surprise of all is the extent to which the prime minister seems completely detached from public opinion." And to rub it in he said he was planning to hold a public meeting in Mrs Miller's Basingstoke constituency.

     
  58.  
    Colin, Bridgnorth

    emails: Can we now have a witch hunt focused on the media who's initial allegations were proved untrue but got lucky because she had made a simple mistake calculating interest and used this to hound her out of her job, which involved press regulation?

     
  59.  
    10:00:

    And more criticism from Labour. shadow leader of the Commons Angela Eagle says the prime minister has shown himself to be "out of touch with the public".

     
  60.  

    But Michael Gove - a close ally of the PM - has a different interpretation. He says: "The prime minister's attitude throughout has been governed by the basic human decency that is his hallmark."

    Michael Gove
     
  61.  
    Gary Gibbon, political editor of Channel 4 News

    blogs: Maria Miller didn't jump - she was discreetly pushed

     
  62.  
    10:12:

    Here's one the properties at the centre of all this - Mrs Miller's Basingstoke home. Local Conservative councillor Sven Godesen said earlier today it was the former minister's decision to nominate her London residence as her second home, rather than the house in Basingstoke, that residents in the area found "difficult to understand".

    Maria Miller's house
     
  63.  
    10:16:

    Maria Miller's departure leaves a gap in the cabinet. BBC Radio 5 live's chief political correspondent John Pienaar says we should expect a limited reshuffle later, rather than merely a straight culture secretary replacement.

     
  64.  
    10:27:

    Maria Miller has given an interview explaining why she resigned this morning. She says she had hoped to stay in the cabinet but that the row had become an "enormous distraction" from the work of the government

     
  65.  
    10:27:

    She says she wants to give the Conservative Party "the ability to come together" and to end a saga that she says was "detracting from the achievements of the government"

     
  66.  
    10:28:

    Asked if she resigned or was pushed, Mrs Miller said: "I take full responsibility for my decision to resign. I think it's the right thing to do." And she repeatedly stressed her "full support for the prime minister"

     
  67.  
    Sam Macrory, editor of Total Politics

    tweets: 'I take full responsibility for my decision to resign' says Miller - which sidesteps whether she was encouraged to make that decision

     
  68.  
    Tom Newton Dunn, political editor at the Sun

    tweets Maria Miller "was on verge of tears" in interview.

     
  69.  
    George Eaton, editor of New Statesman's The Staggers blog

    tweets: Miller's reference to "incredible" achievements of the government lays it on a little too thick.

     
  70.  
    10:38:
    Maria Miller

    Asked about the suggestion that she was the victim of a media-led witch hunt because of her role in pushing through regulation of the press, she denied that was a factor adding: "I fully accept the findings in the parliamentary standards report".

     
  71.  
    Mary Macleod, Conservative MP and PPS to Culture Secretary

    tweets: Maria Miller was an excellent Culture Secretary, was great to work with and she will be missed from the front benches.

     
  72.  
    David, Bristol

    emails: My reading of the correspondence between the commissioner and Maria Miller makes me sympathetic to her. It seems that if she had designated her constituency home as her second home, the issue would never have arisen (and she could have claimed much the same expenses).

     
  73.  
    10:41:

    Some analysis from the Independent's political editor. On suggestions Mrs Miller's role in the Leveson report fallout contributed to her downfall, Andrew Grice says "she was a lightning rod for attacks by newspapers resisting tougher [press] regulation that should really have been aimed at David Cameron. Downing Street, rather than Ms Miller, was calling the shots".

     
  74.  
    Sebastian, London

    emails: The only reason she is gone is because her political enemies decided to use a ruling of a slight mistake over expenses (about £5k) to bring down the lady responsible for modernising the party. This is not about £5k. It's about gay marriage.

     
  75.  
    10:45:

    The idea that her resignation was about more than Mrs Miller's expenses was put to the former culture secretary a few minutes ago. She was asked: "Is it your opinion that this all part of a media witch hunt against you?" She said: "No. Look, I take full responsibility for the situation."

     
  76.  
    Graham, Dorset

    emails: Loyalty is seriously misguided in this case. in any other walk of life she would have been sacked and reprimanded or resigned of her own accord, which, under pressure, she finally has.

     
  77.  
    Sophie Ridge, Sky News political correspondent

    tweets: Maria Miller v emotional in my iv with her. She takes "full responsibility" for "decision to resign" - not an explicit denial she was pushed

     
  78.  
    10:54:

    Not much sympathy for Mrs Miller over at the Daily Mail which says she "had four au pairs but claimed not one of them could be traced to back up her story" about her domestic arrangements.

     
  79.  
    Breaking News

    Maria Miller's replacement is Sajid Javid, MP for Bromsgrove, David Cameron says.

     
  80.  
    Prime Minister David Cameron

    tweets: Sajid Javid MP is the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media, Sport and Equalities.

    And: Nicky Morgan MP is the new Financial Secretary to the Treasury. She'll also be Minister for Women and will attend Cabinet in that role.

     
  81.  
    10:58:

    Mr Javid was financial secretary to the Treasury until today. He has been a Conservative Party member since 1988 and previously worked for Chase Manhattan Bank and Deutsche Bank.

     
  82.  
    11:01:
    Sajid Javid Mr Javid takes on a wide-ranging brief which covers - amongst others - the media, arts and broadcasting, gambling, sport, tourism and telecoms.
     
  83.  
    Ladbrokes Politics

    tweets: Sajid Javid is 33/1 to be next Tory leader.

     
  84.  
    11:09:

    The Daily Telegraph, which led the calls for Mrs Miller's head, says it was "the public that decided her fate". Political editor James Kirkup writes: "Other than Mary McLeod, her suicidally loyal PPS, no one was willing to speak up for her in public. Even privately, there was little support."

     
  85.  
    Lucy Powell, Labour and Co-operative MP and Shadow Minister for Childcare & Children

    tweets: Maria Miller was the only mum in the cabinet. When was the last time there was no mother in the cabinet? @LabourHistory

     
  86.  
    Andy Bell, political editor, 5 News

    tweets: Sajid Javid got his Bromsgrove seat because Julie Kirkbride had to step down over ... an expenses scandal @5_News #Miller

     
  87.  
    George Freeman, Conservative MP for Mid-Norfolk

    tweets: Great news as Sajid Javid goes into Cabinet. A New Model Conservative for our times whose done great work at Treasury."

    And adds: And grt news that Nicky Morgan promoted to Financial Secretary and attend Cabinet as Minister for Women. A 1st class MP and Minister.

     
  88.  
    Yvette Cooper, Labour MP and Shadow Home Secretary

    tweets: Another Cameron (mini) reshuffle, & result is even fewer women in full Cabinet positions. What is David Cameron's problem with women?

     
  89.  
    11:19:
    Grant Shapps

    Tory Party chairman Grant Shapps says the decision to resign was Mrs Miller's and hers alone. He's told the BBC: "Maria Miller made the decision, contacted the prime minister and tendered her resignation." He says her decision came about because "Mrs Miller herself said this was a distraction from the wider government programme".

     
  90.  
    Nick Robinson, BBC News political editor

    tweets: One less woman in the Cabinet. No mums but one new Asian man who's the son of a bus driver

     
  91.  
    Andrew, Basingstoke

    emails: As one of her constituents, I do not understand why Mrs Miller needs a second home in the first place. Basingstoke is 40 minutes on the train to London, why isn't she commuting like the rest of us?

     
  92.  
    11:34:

    Could more MPs fall foul of the old expenses rules? Some more analysis on the politics page of the BBC News website. "There may still be MPs who over-claimed on their mortgages under the old system," the piece says.

     
  93.  
    Bloomberg's Rob Hutton

    tweets: Sajid Javid, 1st member of 2010 intake to reach cabinet, took estimated 98% pay cut to enter politics. Interview: http://bloom.bg/1aNya1w

     
  94.  
    Cathy Newman, Channel 4 News presenter and Telegraph blogger

    tweets: So @NickyMorgan01 couldn't be minister for equalities because she voted against gay rights? So she just gets the women bit

    And adds: Looks like @sajidjavid gets equalities and @NickyMorgan01 gets minister for women - so they split brief because Nicky anti gay rights?

     
  95.  
    Robin Walker, Conservative MP for Worcester

    tweets: Congratulations to my Worcestershire colleague @sajidjavid on his appointment to the cabinet, a stellar career and a nice guy as well

     
  96.  
    11:41:

    Is the prime minister trying to address those critics who point out the lack of women in the cabinet? Newly-promoted Nicky Morgan will now attend cabinet meetings as minister for women, although she is not a fully-fledged cabinet minister

    David Cameron with Nicky Morgan David Cameron and Nicky Morgan in 2010
     
  97.  
    11:44:

    Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps dismisses claims by Maria Miller's aide that she was the victim of a media witch hunt, telling BBC Two's Daily Politics the press "should can and should go anywhere they want to".

     
  98.  
    11:46:

    Speaking on BBC Two's Daily Politics, Labour's Chuka Umunna says the Maria Miller controversy is "bad for all of us", as it damages all MPs.

     
  99.  
    11:47:

    Labour's Chuka Umunna says it is impossible to "underestimate how toxic the expenses issue is" and that Maria Miller will face a battle to keep her parliamentary seat.

     
  100.  
    11:51:

    Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps says the controversy over Maria Miller's expenses relates to event before 2010. Had it happened since then it would not have been handled by fellow MPs because of rule changes, he says.

     
  101.  
    Sadiq Khan, Labour MP for Tooting, Shadow Justice Secretary

    tweets: Many congrats to @sajidjavid on his promotion to cabinet (and not just because he sponsored #YesWeKhan)

     
  102.  
    Matt Hancock, Conservative MP for West Suffolk, Minister for Skills and Enterprise

    tweets: Delighted @sajidjavid has been made Culture Secretary - he will bring a huge amount to the job and to the cabinet table

     
  103.  
    11:53:

    In Maria Miller's Basingstoke constituency, Conservative councillor Elaine Still says she should not have resigned, as she was a "fantastic secretary of state".

     
  104.  
    11:54:

    Basingstoke UKIP councillor Ray Finch says he has no sympathy for Maria Miller.

     
  105.  
    11:56:

    Labour have attacked David Cameron for his decision to replace Maria Miller with a man, Sajid Javid. Shadow equalities minister Gloria De Piero said: "There is now no full member of the Cabinet speaking for women. There are now just three women running government departments out of a possible 22, demonstrating that when it comes to women, it's out of sight, out of mind for this out of touch government."

     
  106.  
    11:56:

    Will Maria Miller turn up to Prime Minister's Questions? We'll find out when things get going just after 12:00 BST.

     
  107.  
    11:57:

    David Cameron's spokesman says it was Mrs Miller's decision to resign, adding that she and the prime minister "spoke by phone last night after the state banquet at Windsor" in honour of Irish President Michael D Higgins.

     
  108.  
    Mason, Hastings

    emails: How on earth can parliament lecture bankers on morals and doing the right thing when Maria Miller acts this way?

     
  109.  
    11:58:

    The House of Commons is almost full ahead of Prime Minister's Questions. David Cameron is going through his notes. Newly promoted culture secretary Sajid Javid has just taken his place on the front bench.

     
  110.  
    12:00:

    The noise level in the House is high, with just a few seconds to go until Prime Minister's Questions.

     
  111.  
    12:02:

    We are under way. David Cameron answers a question on immigration, saying the government is getting the situation under control.

     
  112.  
    12:03:

    Labour leader Ed Miliband says the events of the last week have caused deep concern and anger to the public.

     
  113.  
    12:04:

    David Cameron says anger over expenses is "still very raw", but adds that people should be allowed to clear their name and get on with the job, rather than being instantly dismissed.

     
  114.  
    12:04:

    The prime minister says Maria Miller was accused of housing her parents at public expense but was cleared and he thought it right to allow her to apologise and continue.

     
  115.  
    12:05:

    Ed Miliband says it will be "unclear" to the country why Maria Miller is not still in her job, given the PM's attitude.

     
  116.  
    12:06:

    The Labour leader says Maria Miller gave a "perfunctory" apology over her expenses and accuses the PM of a "terrible error of judgement" in backing her.

     
  117.  
    David Wooding, Sun on Sunday political editor

    tweets: PM admits there is still "very deep concern" among the public and the "anger is still very raw" and needs to be acted on. #PMQsv

     
  118.  
    12:07:

    David Cameron accuses Ed Miliband of inconsistency for not calling for Maria Miller to resign when she was still in her job.

     
  119.  
    12:07:

    The PM says Maria Miller did "one things wrong" and apologised. He accuses Mr Miliband of jumping on "political bandwagon" after "the circus has left town".

     
  120.  
    Labour List editor Mark Ferguson

    tweets: Sounds like organised barracking of Miliband from the Tory benches #pmqs

     
  121.  
    12:08:

    David Cameron says more needs to be done to reassure the public over expenses and is happy to hold meetings with other party leaders, saying Parliament is "good and honest".

     
  122.  
    12:09:

    Ed Miliband says the country is "appalled" by the conduct of the PM over the last week and cannot understand his "failure to recognise what went wrong". This has undermined trust, he argues.

     
  123.  
    BBC South politcal editor Peter Henley

    tweets: Cameron tells #pmqs Miliband is jumping on a bandwagon after he talks of "deep concern and anger of public"

     
  124.  
    12:10:

    The PM says a lot of changes to expenses scrutiny have happened since 2010 but there is "absolutely" more to do. He accuses the Labour leader of "playing politics" with Mrs Miller's resignation.

     
  125.  
    12:12:

    Ed Miliband says he will meet the PM to discuss changes to the expenses system but - shouting across the chamber - he says that Mr Cameron "just doesn't get it" when it comes to public anger about the issue.

     
  126.  
    12:13:

    David Cameron says it is not leadership but weakness to sack someone at "the first time of trouble". That ends the confrontation between the PM and the Labour leader.

     
  127.  
    The Spectator's Isabel Hardman

    tweets: Another agonised ROAR from Bercow to silence shouting MPs. #pmqs

     
  128.  
    Daily Mirror associate editor Kevin Maguire

    tweets: Cameron accusing Miliband of playing politics over Miller takes the biscuit. Both do that every day :-) #pmqs

     
  129.  
    12:14:

    Speaker Bercow steps in to silence groans from MPs as Lib Dem President Tim Farron gets up to ask a question, as the debate moves on from Maria Miller.

     
  130.  
    ed miliband
     
  131.  
    12:16:

    SDLP MP Alasdair McDonnell says UK-Irish relations, with the visit of Irish President Michael D Higgins, have never been better. He urges more progress on peace in Northern Ireland. David Cameron agrees on both counts.

     
  132.  
    12:16:

    Labour's Andy Slaughter asks if any member of the government asked Maria Miller to resign. The PM says it is his policy to let people get on with their jobs.

     
  133.  
    Editor of Politics.co.uk Ian Dunt

    tweets: Snap verdict: Cameron 2 Miliband 1. Labour leader over-enthusiastic. The opportunities offered him by Maria Miller have been wasted #PMQs

     
  134.  
    12:18:

    Conservative MP Rehman Chishti urges the PM to discuss reform of Pakistan's blasphemy laws when Pakistan's PM comes to the UK later this month. Mr Cameron promises to do so.

     
  135.  
    12:19:
    david cameron

    The prime minister is flanked by two of the remaining women cabinet ministers and his new Culture Secretary Sajid Javid.

     
  136.  
    12:20:

    Conservative MP James Morris says investing in apprenticeships is vital for the economy. So does David Cameron.

     
  137.  
    Political journalist Iain Martin

    tweets: "Westminster crisis bingo. Full house as Cam accuses Mili E of "playing politics" over Maria Miller. #pmqs

     
  138.  
    12:22:

    Alliance MP Naomi Long calls for a shared vision of the future among Northern Ireland's politicians. David Cameron says the sight of Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness at Tuesday's Windsor banquet was a sign of progress.

     
  139.  
    Independent on Sunday columnist John Rentoul

    tweets: EdM good at #PMQs today. Cam promised to be an apostle for better standards, became apologist for unacceptable behaviour.

    And: But Cam better. Firing someone at the first sign of trouble is not leadership it's weakness.

     
  140.  
    12:23:

    Conservative Jason McCartney says he is running the London Marathon, as is shadow chancellor Ed Balls. The PM jokes that he saw a newspaper picture of Mr Balls "in a curious pair of black leggings". He wishes all Sunday's runners - even his Labour nemesis - good luck.

     
  141.  
    Ed Balls and Ed Miliband Labour's front bench unimpressed by the prime minister's answers
     
  142.  
    ITV deputy political editor Chris Ship

    tweets: Not sure Cameron handled that very well. But EdMili had an open goal - and I don't think he hit the back of the net #pmqs

     
  143.  
    12:25:

    Lib Dem Mike Thornton raises concerns about "ethnic cleansing" in Afghanistan. The PM says the country must be multi-racial and multicultural.

     
  144.  
    12:27:

    Labour's Jenny Chapman asks if anyone talked to Maria Miller about resigning. The PM says the House should respect her decision.

     
  145.  
    12:28:

    Conservative Mark Pritchard calls for the abortion term limit to be reduced to 22 weeks. David Cameron says the subject will continue to be a free-vote issue among MPs.

     
  146.  
    12:28:

    The SNP's Mike Weir asks which of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse will descend on Scotland first if it becomes independent. The PM says he has an optimistic view of the continuation of the Union.

     
  147.  
    James Chapman, Daily Mail political editor

    tweets: Cameron has dodged question of whether an 'emissary' told Maria Miller the game was up several times now #pmqs

     
  148.  
    12:29:

    David Cameron says Labour's running of the NHS in Wales has been "truly dreadful" and a "shambles".

     
  149.  
    Tory front bench Not a happy day so far for the Conservative front bench
     
  150.  
    12:31:

    Conservative MP Jake Berry praises the International Monetary Fund's upgrading of UK economic growth predictions. The PM says the country "is on its way back".

     
  151.  
    12:32:

    Asked about legal aid, David Cameron says costs must be reduced to get the deficit down.

     
  152.  
    12:34:

    Conservative David Nuttall says leaving the EU should become part of the UK's long-term economic plan. The PM disagrees. That ends this week's session.

     
  153.  
    12:35:

    On BBC Two's Daily Politics, Conservative Grant Shapps says it is his "understanding" that no one visited Maria Miller before she resigned to persuade her to go.

     
  154.  
    12:38:

    BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson says he believes someone from Downing Street went to see Maria Miller before her resignation. He has no doubt they had a conversation with the former culture secretary, telling her the situation was "pretty bad," he adds.

     
  155.  
    12:38:

    Labour's Chuka Umunna says that, once Maria Miller's error was compounded by her "perfunctory" 32-second apology to MPs, David Cameron should have made "some decisions".

     
  156.  
    12:39:

    Chuka Umunna tells the Daily Politics David Cameron allowed the Maria Miller controversy "to consume the government".

     
  157.  
    12:42:

    Tory chairman Grant Shapps says the easiest thing for David Cameron would have been for Maria Miller to resign, but that it was not his style. Mr Cameron prefers to keep ministers in their jobs so they can get on top of their briefs, he adds.

     
  158.  
    12:43:

    Tory Chairman Grant Shapps says everyone is "sick and tired" of the expenses scandal and the system has changed.

     
  159.  
    12:44:

    BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson said it was "quite bold" of the PM to defend the honesty and integrity of Parliament.

     
  160.  
    12:46:

    Tory chairman Grant Shapps defends the choice of a man, Sajid Javid, rather a woman to replace Maria Miller. He is the "best person" for the job, he adds.

     
  161.  
    Liberal Democrat party president Tim Farron

    tweets: Enjoyed asking my PMQ & joining the elite Huppert club of getting chuntering from both left & right...I think that's the best place to be!

     
  162.  
    Labour leader Ed Miliband

    tweets: A week on, a minister's resigned and still the Prime Minister doesn't seem to understand what Maria Miller did wrong.

     
  163.  
    12:59:

    London Mayor Boris Johnson, who offered his support for Maria Miller earlier this week, tells the BBC he is "sad" but her resignation will give everyone a "chance for peace and quiet".

     
  164.  
    13:02:

    It's been a very busy day. Maria Miller has resigned as culture secretary and has been replaced by Sajid Javid. Our live text coverage of the reaction to events is ending now, but you can continue to follow events on the BBC News Channel and the BBC News website.

     

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