April 3rd, 2014

READ: Standards Committee Report into Maria Miller in Full

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The Standards Committee report finds “We are concerned that Mrs Miller did not pay as close attention to the rules of the House”. Contrary to the rules Miller “increased the facility on her mortgage on at least two occasions without consulting the House”, and she is also found to have “not only claimed for the entire mortgage interest charged, but appears to have claimed slightly more than that interest.”

The report noted that “Miller’s interactions with House tends to show a pattern in which officials would press her for information”, Miller offered minimal information herself. Tellingly “most of Mrs Miller’s mortgage claims were justified”, but not all. “If the Commissioner had been able swiftly to establish the facts … this might have been a relatively minor matter” – Miller blocked it. Most damningly the Committee found “Mrs Miller has also breached the current Code of Conduct by her attitude to this inquiry.”

They warn that the “system relies” on MPs “responding to Commissioner’s inquiries fully and frankly, rather than trying to argue a case in a legalistic way… It should not have required our intervention to produce the material and explanations required to complete the investigation.”

She will make a personal statement to the House at midday…


40 Comments

  1. 1
    Twampersand mk II says:

    I’m very, very sorry… that I got caught.

    Something alomg those lines, no doubt.

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    • 8
      Political Class protection Racket says:

      As she is the LibLabCon stooge who took Homosexual marriage through parliament, Maria will not be damaged by this.

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      • 35
        broderick crawford says:

        one hundred and sixteen feckin’ pages !! plus committe s time , pay , expenes etc .

        Let s call it a round 100 k and debit it to Maria Maria quite contraria .

        And that s a consevative estimate for a Special Committee …

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    • 28
      Maria (Jack) Miller says:

      I’m sooooooooo sooooooooo sorry…

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  2. 2
    So - nothing says:

    Much of the delay and difficulty in this case has arisen from incomplete documentation and fragmentary information. Mrs Miller has to carry significant responsibility for that. She should have attempted to provide the explanation and documentation requested by the Commissioner to the Commissioner at the outset rather than requiring us to seek the information directly. We recognise that Mrs Miller may put procedural points to the Commissioner and the Committee but we regret that she did not also provide the Commissioner with the substantive information and supporting documentation she required.

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    • 22
      fnar says:

      A tactic which is commonly termed ‘lying’.

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      • 27
        Vlad the Loudhailer says:

        THIS IS FRAUD

        When are the police and the CPS going to do their duty to uphold the law? The Crown Prosecutions own website states.

        Home » Prosecution Policy and Guidance » Legal Guidance » S to U » Sentencing manual » Fraud by abuse of position

        Fraud by abuse of position

        Date Produced: 5 July 2011

        Title: Financial crime

        Offence: Fraud by abuse of position

        Legislation: S4 Fraud Act 2006

        Commencement Date: 15/1/07

        Mode of Trial: Either Way

        Statutory Limitations & Maximum Penalty: 10 years imprisonment

        Sentencing Range:

        Aggravating & Mitigating Factors
        The amount involved
        The use to which money was put (spending on luxuries more venal than on necessities)
        Breach of position trust, such as by employee, director or trustee
        Elderly or vulnerable victim
        Extent of loss – intended and actual
        Extent of gain – intended and actual
        Number of people involved in offence
        Use of another person’s identity
        The period over which and the persistence with which the fraud was carried out
        Guilty plea
        Voluntary repayments
        Personal factors such as illness, disability, family difficulties, etc
        Behaviour not fraudulent from the outset
        Misleading or incomplete advice
        Voluntary cessation of offending

        http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/s_to_u/sentencing_manual/fraud_by_abuse_of_position/

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      • 36
        broderick crawford says:

        … or as one of the Ten Commandments puts it

        ” Thou shalt not bear false witness ….”

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  3. 3
    Disenchanted says:

    Nothing to see here, – on your way now

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  4. 4
    Anonymous says:

    Nothing to see here, – on your way now.

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  5. 5
    Rotherhampoofta says:

    “We’re all in this together”.

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  6. 6
    Firm But Fair says:

    Untenable. She will hide behind “it was within the rules” but it wasn’t, she looted money above and beyond what was allowed.

    The police should begin a prosecution and she must resign immediately, not just from her role as a minister but from parliament.

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  7. 7
    Maria Miller Conservative MP for Basingstoke. Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and M says:

    If you stole £5,800 from the taxpayer, you would be stood in front of a jury, getting weighed off. How come ??

    It’s my lucky day !

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  8. 9
    Firm But Fair says:

    She must pay back the time and expenses incurred by the Standards Committee too. This is taxpayer money spent investigating her fraud.

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  9. 10
    mandi says:

    At least I got away with it, I think. Wibble.

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  10. 11
    Prime Minister"The Dunce Of Downing Street" Cameron says:

    Maria Miller has my full support.

    And perhaps after wearing it ,she will return it to me.

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  11. 12
    Anonymous says:

    “We are concerned that Mrs Miller did not pay as close attention to the rules of the House”.
    We (the people), are more concerned that politicians (in/outside da house) do not pay any attention to the rules of reality.
    EG: Nigel-fantasist-Farage’s favourite fantasy: Fly-fracking wells that can be endlessly extracted from, yet never become empty?
    Nick-fantasist-Clegg’s favourite fantasy: An island that can experience unrestricted immigration and birth rates, yet never become full?
    My favourite-fantasist-fantasy?: A world freed from fantasists…

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  12. 13
    Maria Miller says:

    WITHOUT PREJUDICE

    Fuck off Guido.

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  13. 14
    Henry The bank Robber says:

    I wish I had to only say sorry if I was caught.

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  14. 15
    Too fast? says:

    If the Police think she committed an offence then they’ll pass her file to the CPS.

    If the CPS think they can win the case they’ll prosecute.

    If the jury think she’s broken the law then they’ll find her guilty and she’ll be punished.

    Now, all of you, be quiet.

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  15. 17
    Expenses Meeting says:

    So that’s it nothing to add – blatant robbery, case proven and dismissed without charge.

    Next

    Mr Gordon Brown m’lud.

    Oh, nothing wrong there is there? Hardly see him these days, everything all right?

    It is alleged he is operating a rather interesting, charity m’lud and claiming 60% of its income for expenses.

    Rubbish, don’t believe you.

    Next.

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  16. 18
    Nick Clegg with a reamed new one. says:

    Well at least the house builders can have a 7 minute tea break now there is a house going spare.

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  17. 20
    Charmed I'm Sure says:

    It better be a fucking resignation statement, the fat ugly carpet munching scumfuck. Prosecute her, send her to Holloway where the other munchers will fist her so hard she will shit when she blinks.

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  18. 21
    Shooty* says:

    Terribly sorry, blah blah blah, not intentional, blah blah blah, within the rules, blah blah blah, no malfeasance, blah blah blah, please let me keep my lovely, lovely money.

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  19. 23
    Anonymous says:

    Your nicked!

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  20. 34
    Lke you said the bankers ARE scum says:

    Thieving Cow

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  21. 38
    A cheeky scouser says:

    If I employed someone with an expense account and they had done what she has they would be out on their arse.

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  22. 40
    ned ludd says:

    Yes

    Yes, scouser, but you’d be paying their wages. Oh, hang on… You pay Maria Moocow Minger’s as well.

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