UK Culture Secretary resigns after expense probe

MICHAEL HOLDEN
Last updated 18:59 09/04/2014
maria miller
REUTERS
RESIGNED: Former Culture Secretary Maria Miller leaving 10 Downing Street yesterday (local time).

Relevant offers

Europe

UK Labour's Sadiq Khan set to win London mayoral race After a nightmare in concentration camps, they say they lived the American Dream Diamond the size of a tennis ball could fetch more than $100 million Breakthrough in mystery of life: Two-week-old human embryos grown in lab Has Winston Peters scuppered David Carter's chances of London High Commissioner post? New security at Brussels Airport causes delays, missed flights Turkish legislators fight again over bill to strip immunity Sentence stays for breast implants boss Jets scrambled as UK plane alters course and goes quiet Army captain David Seath, who died during London Marathon, planned to propose

British lawmaker Maria Miller, who has come under fire after a report last week criticised her for hindering an inquiry into her expenses claims, resigned as Culture Secretary on Wednesday.

‘‘It has become clear to me that the present situation has become a distraction from the vital work this government is doing to turn our country around,’’ Miller wrote in a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron.

Cameron’s handling of the situation had already led to criticism from some of his own lawmakers after he rejected a growing media clamour to sack Miller, who was ordered to pay back 5,800 pounds she had wrongly claimed and forced to apologise to parliament.

Newspapers had said polls indicated the issue could be damaging for Cameron’s Conservatives ahead of next month’s European Parliament elections, with surveys already suggesting the party could be beaten into third place by the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP).

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content