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

Live text


  • Sean Clare 
  • Anna Browning 
  • Justin Parkinson 

Last updated 9 April 2014


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.


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".


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."


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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