February 17th, 2014

Maria Miller Makes Six Figure Profit on Second Home
Claimed Double the Amount David Laws Did for Mortgage 

Maria Miller is set to be condemned by the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner for claiming £90,000 in expenses for the mortgage payments of a second home lived in by her parents. This was an open shut case as IPSA rules require second homes to be used exclusively by MPs. Claiming for a property lived in by an MP’s parents is “specifically prohibited”. 

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Back in 2012 Guido revealed that Miller has two properties in her name: a cottage in her Basingstoke constituency, and the property pictured above in Wimbledon. The Wimbledon property was purchased by Miller and her husband in 1996 for £234,000. A quick browse of the Zoopla property website values similar houses on the same street at between £400,000 and £1,000,000. If Miller was to sell the property, for which she has charged the taxpayer for the mortgage payments, she would make a profit well into six figures.

Miller’s defence is that her parents moved to the home to help her look after her children. It is worth considering that David Laws was kicked out of Cabinet for claiming less than half the money Miller has, and was found, incorrectly in Guido’s view, to have not benefited personally by a Standards and Privileges Committee investigation. Miller’s case is arguably more serious. Cabinet ministers have gone for far less, but will being one of only four women save her?


127 Comments

  1. 1
    Cymro oddi ar y llinell says:

    Is Mortgate like Plebgate?

  2. 2
  3. 3
    g says:

  4. 4
    Ron Barras says:

    Another scummer.

    Nevermind the Cabinet, time to be sacked from parliament and imprisoned.

  5. 5
    Ah! suspect it's time crosshairs says:

    Crosshairs.

  6. 6
    Maximus says:

    s’ok Ed’ll give you a hug

  7. 7
    Henry Henri says:

  8. 8
    Gordon Brown says:

    I wish Martin Miller all the best of luck.

  9. 9
    Ah! but says:

    She doesn’t have a dishonest face.

  10. 10
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    But she does have dishonest fingers :-)

  11. 11
    Tom Catesby says:

    Can we expect a prosecution and another very brief lie down in a soft open nick?

  12. 12

    Reblogged this on wheelsofpoliticalsteel and commented:
    Surely these MP’s now should be fully aware of what people will & won’t tolerate with regard to 2nd home claims. To be honest they really only need a bedsit or small flat. All profits from any sales should go to treasury as the taxpayers have paid for renovations, stamp duty & mortgage payments! It’s completely taking the mickey when they abuse/cheat the system. When they do abuse/cheat system they’re no better than benefit cheats! Maybe they should get same sanctions as people on benefits get if they don’t follow the very strict rules?
    Getting so tired of wealthy donors getting peerages, MP’s fleecing expenses, treasury staffed by accountants from city firms on secondment who then return to their firms to advise their very rich business clients on how to minimise taxes on business & personal income!
    Too many people taking too much from taxpayer for own use & too many corporations not paying enough tax whilst small business is crippled!

  13. 13
    David Cameron says:

    I give a cast iron promise to not do anything about troughers.

  14. 14
    Cast Iron Dave says:

    It is examples such as this as to why I am introducing powers of recall.

  15. 15
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    Ed stop hugging yourself we said “hug a banker” not “hug a wanker” :-)

  16. 16
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    Margaret Moran defence?

  17. 17
    The comments are the best says:

  18. 18
    Anonymous says:

    She has failed to comply with the rules & hence obtained money under false pretenses. Criminal prosecution?

  19. 19
    General Pinochet says:

    Back in Chile this sort of thing happened all the time……….but it was always me and my friends! This is disgusting behaviour in a ‘democracy’. Snouts in the troth! Westminster……..I’ve seen cleaner pigeries!

  20. 20
    Anonymous says:

    Nor an honest bone in her body?

  21. 21
    Dave says:

    I daren’t sack her as she is my front bench window dressing for PMQs.

  22. 22
    David Cameron, bumsex marriage says:

    Must keep women in cabinet, cannot sack her, too difficult…

  23. 23
    bergen says:

    The part of this story I remember is that she had an aide ring the Telegraph when it was onto this story during Leveson to remind them that she could make things difficult for the press if they pursued it. i hope they throw the book at her.

  24. 24
    Casual Observer 6 says:

    It is almost as if Labour got wind of this, and decided to change the tone deliberately.

    If Labour did, why did they not report it and try to get gender politics back on the agenda ?

    Labour demonstrably put partisan politics above matters of honesty and the law.

  25. 25
    Ed Milband to build an Ark says:

  26. 26
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Looks like Jacquie Smiff, acts like Jacquie Smiff.

    Where do they find them? Seriously.

  27. 27
    Dave says:

    “How Do We Solve A Problem Like Maria?”

  28. 28
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Make way for today’s bandwagon!

  29. 29
    The Public who watch daytime TV says:

    Fuck off Ed. Those of us on bennies watching you know you’re a lying spastic.

  30. 30
    The Sound of Music says:

    Send them to S’witzerland, or gas them.

  31. 31
    Non-conducive to the public good says:

    Sack the crook.

  32. 32
    Maria and the Environmental Agency says:

  33. 33
    PFI Fridays says:

    Ed old boy, future generations are already up to their necks in debt thanks to the likes of you and the one eyed snotgobbler, so why don’t you just fuck off.

  34. 34
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    She can always be replaced by another woman backbencher.

  35. 35
    Family Von Miller says:

    Turn off that bloody music, we’re trying to steal some taxpayers’ money here.

  36. 36
    (Rarely) Dangerous Brian says:

    Climate change, the greatest myth of the modern era.
    Its all about the weather stupid!

  37. 37

    St Stephens Club used to be on the site where Portcullis House now stands. It moved to Queen Anne Gate and then died due to lack of interest.

    There must be another site close at hand which could be converted into an Ibis Hotel equivalent where MPs can stay away from home. Then the whole second home scam can be halted in its tracks. On reasonably sized room with a desk, the top draw of which can house a small bottle of whiskey and a loaded revolver… sorry, got a bit carried away there.

    If they want better, then they can pay from their own pocket.

  38. 38
    David Cameron says:

    I’ll appoint anyone to the cabinet as long as she has a pair of those soft wobbly bits in front.

  39. 39
    PFI Fridays says:

    Jowells?

  40. 40
    melvin says:

    What I’m not clear on is: does she live at the aforementioned premises? I believe her husband travels a lot on business, so if her parents have come to live there to care for their grandchildren while mum and dad are occupied, presumably the kids live there and go to school in the area.

  41. 41
    Gok Wan says:

    For such an ugly woman she looks remarkably pleased with herself.

  42. 42
    Sarah says:

    She is a thief.

    Simple as that.

    Another criminal that Cameron will not sack.

    Same old Tories, always stealing.

  43. 43
    carlo gambino says:

    ‘Laws didn’t benefit personally’

    That was the spin. That mad it alright then. His boyfriend benefited ‘personally’.

    Patronage alright now is it.

  44. 44
    Arnie says... says:

    Total Recall?

  45. 45
    cornwall storms says:

    Hmmm I suppose we could expect her to resign now her massive troughing has been exposed – buy I doubt its going to happen – there’s no honour amongst these thieves.

  46. 46
    Dodgy D. Laws says:

    When LibDems are fired they rise like a phoenix from the ashes. :)

  47. 47
    Persona non grata says:

    The question with regard to global warming, climate change , green industries is, would they exist without the massive socialised profits that are attached to them. The answer methinks is no.

  48. 48
    Cast Iron Dave says:

    I will bring in the power of Total Recall. Blu Ray of course.

  49. 49
    Cast Iron Dave says:

    Once I have finished bringing in all my cast iron promises I will do this.

  50. 50
    Mornington Crescent says:

    She’s just as bad, an’ all.

  51. 51
    David Cameron, bumsex marriage says:

    Gay mafia says no more women, only chicken…

  52. 52
    Mornington Crescent says:

    And the current flow gauge reading is: FUUUUUUUUUCCK!!

  53. 53
    SIZE 13 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

    Why can these thieving c-nts not live on their salaries like the rest of us ? On the few occasions during a lifetime of work that I have been able to claim ‘expenses ‘ all expenditure was scrutinised and receipts had to be produced. Why do the normal rules not apply to these parasites?

  54. 54
  55. 55
    Alex says:

    Condemned?

    What the fuck???

    If any of us fraudulently claimed that kind of money from our employer, we’d be looking at a prison sentence. A sentence measured in years, rather than the months handed down to the pathetic minority of MPs who’ve actually gone down for this kind of theft.

    What a fucking joke!

  56. 56
    Fagin says:

    Theft is theft whether you are stealing for yourself or for others.

  57. 57
    John Bellingham says:

    Give them all flats in the Shard and then when things look bleak, they can take a flyer.

  58. 58
    Casual Observer 6 says:

    Recent case law surrounding the M’acshane case suggests that £13k theft translates to a 6 month sentence, with a guilty plea.

    A £90k theft should be about 3.5 years if she pleads guilty.

  59. 59
    Paniagua V5.1 says:

    Why is she hold of a hubcap?

  60. 60
    Casual Observer 6 says:

    There is a school of thought which suggests that those who are surviving on salaries, but only with tax credits or spare room subsidy, are no better.

    Surviving on salary without any state assistance should be the way forward.

  61. 61
    Sack the cow -- alas you're too fucking weak says:

    LIBLABCONNER BITCH

  62. 62
    Poor Tom says:

    Ditch The bitch……

  63. 63
    Anonymous says:

    Miller is one of the real benefit cheats, but she has the blessing of Dave.

  64. 64
    SIZE 13 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

    Like 99.999 % of the population I have found that one home is quite sufficient for my needs and is within the limits of my resources .
    Just who the fuck do these parasites think they are having a ‘second home ‘ as of a right, at the expense of the taxpayers .
    The answer is simple all so called expenses should be immediately stopped ,those who don’t like it can always resign.

  65. 65
    Mlle Guillotine says:

    Climate change was not happening at all – never even heard of – when Ed was the relevant Minister for all this weathery stuff. I had a new blade put in the machine this morning if anyone wants to organise a test drop?

  66. 66
    Mlle Guillotine says:

    What? like yours Dave?

  67. 67
    Fly on the wall says:

    Looks like a pizza cutter to me.

  68. 68
    Fly on the wall says:

    Of course he fucking benefited personally! He managed to save himself 40 grandsworth of rent money which should have been paid to the landlord from his own resources.

    WTF comes up with all this bullshyte they excuse themselves with?

  69. 69
    Anonymous says:

    I wonder if she shaves ‘down there’

    If she has been found to have defrauded the taxpayer of £90,000 then she should be prosecuted.

    Her assets should then be ceased so she does not profit from her crime.

    And her MP pension should be revoked

  70. 70
    Fly on the wall says:

    En passant, what happened to that other one who has/had that mythical flat in Maidstone?

  71. 71
    My 2d worth says:

    You meant, of course, six weeks….

    Bent effin judges looking after their own again….

  72. 72
    Forgetful expat says:

    Was she the one who ‘pioneered’ gay sex bill through Parliament – or have I got her mixed up with somebody else?

  73. 73
    SIZE 13 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

    Most of us have had to do just that all our lives!

  74. 74

    Is this the %cumb@g ba$tardette that brandished a Leveson to threaten somebody?

  75. 75
    Anonymous says:

    Ahh, comedy. Block out details of the address in the picture … leave the full address in the Zoopla URL.

  76. 76
    Poor Tom says:

    Rotten to the core..and of course cast iron Dave will stand by her.

  77. 77
    Anonymous says:

    Size 13 asks ” Why do the normal rules not apply to these parasites?”
    The answer is that they make their own rules & do not permit the application of “normal rules” to themselves.

  78. 78
    thostids says:

    If they don’t throw the Library at her there is a serious deficit in Government’s entitlement to be taken as a candidate for re-election. The fact that she wasn’t removed as summarily as Mitchell gives the rules of the “game” away.

  79. 79
    I've got expenses to pay says:

    What’s Rupert Murdoch doing there?

  80. 80
    SIZE 13 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

    It is time that all expenses claims are made public every week by being read out just before PMQs on television !

  81. 81
    McShambles says:

    Who says crime doesn’t pay!

  82. 82

    An MP from the north or Scotchland (whilst they are still in the fold) does need to stay away from home to be able to attend parliament.

    Therefore they should be provided for to a minimum standard and they can pay if they want better. That seems fair.

    I did generously include a loaded revolver…

  83. 83
    just sayin' says:

    If Miller ‘were’ to sell, not ‘was’.

  84. 84
    SIZE 13 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

    Surely she was only acting within the rules, no offence has been committed ,it was just an oversight on the part of officials in her department ,after all as a government minister she has a very busy schedule ,mistakes do happen from time to time and the Minister concerned intends to make a full apology to the house ,in any case lessons have been learned , and now it’s time to move on and address the real problems that the country is facing .

  85. 85
    The Great British Public says:

    We all think Cast Iron Cameron is a lying traitorous little shite.

    He will never give the voters a referendum.

    He is pro European Union to his core.

    A despicable man.

  86. 86
    Anonymous says:

    That Cameron allows Maria Miller to remain merely goes to proves how his ‘leadership’ is weak, incompetent, and a million miles away from core conservative values.

    Cast Iron continues to alienate more and more people at every turn, and because he welcomes incompetant expense claiming troughers like Maria Miller into the Conservative party as quickly as he defends corruptible and deeply disliked MP’s like Yeo, he proves how morally bankrupt his leadership really is.

    A change at the top is well over due.
    Cast Iron’s expiry date is well past.

  87. 87
    Anonymous says:

    That C@meron allows M@ria Mill3r to remain merely goes to proves how his ‘leadership’ is weak, incompetent, and a million miles away from core conservative values.

    Cast Iron continues to alienate more and more people at every turn, and because he welcomes incompetant expense claiming troughers like Maria Mill3r into the Conservative party as quickly as he defends c0rrup t1ble and deeply disliked MP’s like T1m Ye0, he proves how morally b@nk rupt his leadership really is.

    A change at the top is well over due.
    Cast Iron’s expiry date is well past.

  88. 88

    Yep same for me. If didn’t have receipts etc or even tried to get a penny more than you’d paid out then you’d be sacked for gross misconduct! It really does make you so angry! They use our Taxes for their gain not for our best interest.
    Also if we got company car or lunch subsidy we get taxed on it! It’s a swizz that MPs & Lords get subsidised food & drink! It’s not school dinners they get either! I’ve been there & eaten with them & had drinks on terrace.
    It’s totally wrong & I don’t know how they can live with themselves. They surely must know that they’ve taken advantage? I’d be unable to look myself in the mirror without feeling tremendous guilt.

  89. 89
    Dave Wisteria says:

    GO TO JAIL.

    GO TO JAIL.

    GO TO JAIL.

    That is where people like you belong Madam.

  90. 90
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    Who was mouthing off that utter crap about women only shortlists?

  91. 91
    John Stonehouse says:

    What has happened is all perfectly legal.

    If it was not for the internet this type of thing would have just passed under the radar thirty years ago no questions asked.

  92. 92
    Hugh Janus says:

    It sure is! As quoted before, and in yesterday’s ST:

    “Maria has obviously been having quite a lot of editors’ meetings around Leveson at the moment. So I am just going to kind of flag up that connection for you to think about,” said Miss Hindley.

    Miss Hindley also said the reporter should discuss the issue with “people a little higher up your organisation”.

  93. 93
    General Pinochet says:

    With all this parliamentary perverery & fraud it makes UKIP look like the honest grafters that they are………they get my vote!

    Viva Farage!

  94. 94
    SIZE 13 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

    Plus rent boy money by having his cheeky little chummy with him!

  95. 95
    T1m Ye0 MP says:

    Dear Maria

    How does this draft statement sound.
    Let me know and I will get this released to the press ASAP.

    “I fully support Maria Miller and believe the public greatly support the excellent work she does in her constituency and for the Government. Her expertise is highly valued and should not be publicly questioned or put under kangaroo court like scrutiny merely due to some unsubstantiated, small, minor, non personally benefiting breaches of pesky rules written for the little people, or plebs, as we ministers call them.”

    Yours

    Tim Yeo MP

    PS – are you and hubby coming to the Golf dinner next week ? I can send a car to pick you up if you like.

  96. 96
    NE Frontiersman says:

    Something like the Union Jack Club for servicemen next to Waterloo.

  97. 97
    peterthe painter says:

    It was a real flat. She just didn’t live there.

    Lying cow.

  98. 98
    NE Frontiersman says:

    Buy the house, if that makes sense. No justification in keeping the profit. You don’t get to sell your company car. It wasn’t your money that bought either.

  99. 99
    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

    The question is why is the CPS so useless. It needs to read its own website

    http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/d_to_g/fraud_act/

  100. 100
    Observant says:

    Frontal lobes?

  101. 101
    Observant says:

    Now we know why she was grinning, greedy troughing twat.

  102. 102
    Observant says:

    a Japanese capsule hotel would be appropriate. Let’s see how many would need to stay in the capitol then.

  103. 103
    Observant says:

    More like a t’urd in a sinkhole.

  104. 104
    SIZE 13 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

    Those were the days the UJ club, not this new one, but the old one were you could come in off the piss and get a bowl of that infamous soup for about 9d before lurching along the endless identical corridors before you found your room !

  105. 105
    Observant says:

    No subsidy = no ‘green’ industry.

  106. 106
    SIZE 13 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

    of course she shaves ‘down there ‘ she uses the same contractor that takes care of Dave’s wisteria!

  107. 107
    Windy Miller says:

    Correction…..”It is examples such as this as to why I am not introducing powers of recall.”

  108. 108
    Generous Taxpayer says:

    I work in London and have to pay for a lodging-room (50 square feet) for weeknights out of my net salary

  109. 109
    SIZE 13 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

    AND A FAG HAG

  110. 110
    Windy Miller says:

    the same

  111. 111
    Windy Miller says:

    legal possibly maybe….moral not.

  112. 112

    Since 1988 when the CPS was brought in the Police & others have called it – The Criminal Preservation Society!

    The recent “celebrity witch hunt” (Not a new game show but if anyone does make such a show then I retain the rights to the name & will allow use if the fee is agreeable) of ancient alleged sexual abuse, touching, rape, indecent proposals, hugs that made some feel uncomfortable is why the CPS is under fire again.
    Their usual rule is that they won’t press charges unless there is a 75% chance of a conviction.

    In the recent cases the allegations have been frankly ludicrous & if had happened then since 1991 onwards the changes to the way sex crimes are reported so they could have come forward many years ago.
    How much time & money has it all cost? How about the damage to the reputations to those who were acquitted.

    Whilst all were doing as likely been told to do by the Government how many other non celebrity cases have been dropped even with DNA evidence? Their word against their alleged attacker.

    This all stinks in my humble opinion!

  113. 113
    Dave and Ed - Shit and Shyte says:

    Just a pig ugly one.

    If it looks like a pig, sounds like a pig and acts like a pig – it’s a pig.

  114. 114
    Dave and Ed - Shit and Shyte says:

    Surely Laws did benefit – he got 9 inches from his bumboy on a regular basis?

  115. 115
    Bye-bye says:

    Smith and Miller. Neither of them will be missed.

  116. 116
    Putting an end to that pesky free press says:

    With an expenses record like that, no wonder she’s so damn keen on implementing the Leveson “principles”.

  117. 117
    Dougie says:

    If MPs can only be exclusively used by MPs does that mean they cannot live there with their children? And if they can live there with their children, why not with their parents as well?

    Just askin …

  118. 118
    AJC says:

    Whatever happens there will be a vacancy at the top of the Environment Agency shortly.

    Her ministerial background is just right for that job!

  119. 119
    Tracey Reckless says:

    Good for you, girl. Just wish all us Tory birds could make as much and get away with it. I really don’t think you are a greedy, crooked cow like some are saying.

  120. 120
    Alan Calder says:

    Being a Tory will save her. Look Guido stop wasting effort in exposing Tories. They are expected to be corrupt. Its the hypocrites in Labour we wish to hear about.

  121. 121

    Another case of ‘I didn’t break any rules……only bent them!

  122. 122
    Biffo says:

    There are many pigs who would be deeply offended by that comparison.

  123. 123
    Biffo says:

    Hopefully, he’ll get caught up in some revolution or other & have an up close & personal meeting with a machete wielding, out of his skull ‘soldier’.

  124. 124
    Biffo says:

    Hopefully the results of the Euro elections, only a few months months away, will do the job.

  125. 125
    Von Rumpoy killed our giraffe. says:

    I don’t think the drains could take it.

  126. 126
    Bartie Blatant says:

    She is no better than a benefit thief/Fraudster ….but she will put it down to an oversight,lack of judgement the usual piffle and everything should be okie dokey.
    the Judge should throw the library at her as the sentences that have been handed down have been rather soft and an exapmple should be set

  127. 127
    Anonymous says:

    She won’t go – they get away with it all.

    Scum looks after fellow scum.


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