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The inside story of Maria Miller's resignation

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In her resignation letter on Wednesday morning, Maria Miller said that she was leaving the Cabinet because "the present situation has become a distraction".

Her decision to resign from the role of Culture Secretary, however, came after a long week of headlines - and increasingly loud criticism of a Cabinet minister who seemed oblivious to public opinion.

Although the Standards Committee cleared her of most of the allegations, the independent parliamentary watchdog had criticised her strongly.

The Standards Commissioner, Kathryn Hudson had recommended Mrs Miller repay £44,000. The committee of MPs sided with Mrs Miller, and allowed her to suggest how much she should repay - £5,800. Concerns started to mount about MPs acting as "judge and jury" of one of their colleagues.

Mrs Miller gave a grudging apology in the House of Commons, which lasted 32 seconds.



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In her resignation letter on Wednesday morning, Maria Miller said that she was leaving the Cabinet because "the present situation has become a distraction".

Her decision to resign from the role of Culture Secretary, however, came after a long week of headlines - and increasingly loud criticism of a Cabinet minister who seemed oblivious to public opinion.

Although the Standards Committee cleared her of most of the allegations, the independent parliamentary watchdog had criticised her strongly.

The Standards Commissioner, Kathryn Hudson had recommended Mrs Miller repay £44,000. The committee of MPs sided with Mrs Miller, and allowed her to suggest how much she should repay - £5,800. Concerns started to mount about MPs acting as "judge and jury" of one of their colleagues.

Mrs Miller gave a grudging apology in the House of Commons, which lasted 32 seconds.



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