Maria Miller, British minister quits over expenses scandal

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Maria Miller: quits over expenses scandal

The British minister overseeing future regulation of the press, Maria Miller, has quit her cabinet post following a row over expenses, Downing Street announced on Wednesday.

“Maria Miller has resigned as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport,” said a statement from Prime Minister David Cameron’s office.

Miller had faced a week of pressure from her own Conservative party and the opposition over payments she had claimed linked to a mortgage.

Cameron had given her his backing over the issue, but in her resignation letter to the prime minister, Miller said the matter had now become a “distraction”.

Maria Miller: quits over expenses scandal
Maria Miller: quits over expenses scandal

“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.

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Cameron replied that he was “sad” at her departure but accepted her decision.

Miller had last week made a terse 31-second apology to parliament for providing limited information to an inquiry into her claims.

An independent inquiry found she should pay back £45,000 ($75,400, 54,600 euros), but that was cut to £5,800 by committee of lawmakers.

More than 140,000 people had signed an online petition calling for Miller to resign or pay back the larger sum.