April 7th, 2014

Labour Write to Labour to Complain About Miller

Labour have written to the Labour MP who let Maria Miller off the hook. Labour’s Shelia Gilmore has written to Labour’s Kevin Barron, who Guido covered in some depth earlier, to formally complain about Miller’s apology.

Dear Mr Barron,

I am writing to make a formal complaint over the personal statement given by Mrs Maria Miller to the House of Commons on Thursday 3rd April. This was inadequate to the point of being contemptuous of your Committee’s report and the Members’ Code of Conduct.

You will agree that adherence to the Code of Conduct and due respect for the Committee on Standards are essential to uphold trust in public life. Mrs Miller has demonstrated neither and the subsequent public condemnation of her behaviour highlights the risk to public trust such behaviour creates.

The Code of Conduct states that “Members shall cooperate, at all stages, with any such investigation by or under the authority of the House”. Your report concludes, however, that “Mrs Miller’s exchanges with the Commissioner repeatedly show a failure to provide information asked for, or to respond adequately to the Commissioner’s questions.”

Your report also states that, “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.”

These specific points were unaddressed and remain unexplained following Mrs Miller’s abrupt 32 second apology to the House last week.

Following the focus on Members’ expenses and subsequent reform to the system in 2009 there is now a higher bar for all Members to demonstrate the integrity of their conduct in public life. We must act at all times within the spirit as well as the letter of existing guidelines. It is clear that Mrs Miller fell foul of this not just in her conduct during the inquiry but in her apology to the House.

Rather than meaningfully address the arrogant and evasive attitude that characterised her behaviour during the inquiry, she chose to reinforce it in the House of Commons, revealing Mrs Miller to not be apologetic at all.

I want to ask whether you consider Mrs Miller’s apology sufficient given the significance of this issue and whether you would consider asking Mrs Miller to return to the House of Commons to address the specific issues raised in your Committee’s report.

Best wishes,

Sheila Gilmore MP

What a sorry mess – this highlights just how bonkers this system is.


99 Comments

  1. 1
    Round the Bend says:

    The system devised by McMental is bonkers, so the curse of the manse carries on.

  2. 2
    Prime Minister"The Dunce Of Downing Street" Cameron says:

    A fantastic letter.

    I only wish that I could have written it !

  3. 3
    lescrompsblogg says:

    Order Order,all eyes on Bercow ??

  4. 4
    Chuckup Umunna says:

    So Kevin Barron, who’s just as bad as any of them, is being asked to adjudicate on Miller? This is fucking insane.

  5. 5
    The public says:

    ‘…whether you would consider asking Mrs Miller to return to the House of Commons to address the specific issues raised in your Committee’s report’?

    Fat lot of good that will do. She should be standing in the dock at the Old Bailey.

  6. 6
    ordinary member of the public says:

    The whole system is a shambles and doesn’t have
    the confidence of the public.
    We’ve been repeatedly informed that parliament was
    being cleaned up.We’ve been repeatedly lied to.
    We’ve had enough.

  7. 7
    The public says:

    Yes, our MPs are fantasists.

    This is pathetic.

  8. 8
    Money Talks says:

    Maria Miller now 2/5 from 1/2 to be out of Cabinet by General Election, 7/4 not.92% of bets to go,8% to stay!

    Just got £50,000 to win £20,000….This is good as buying money.

  9. 9
    how about says:

    Could someone do a citizens arrest on Miller?

  10. 10
    still walking into darkness says:

    £1.2 Mill her

  11. 11
    still walking into darkness says:

    unless the bookie gives Cameron £10 or £20k not to sack her

  12. 12
    Dirtbox Dave, the Dickhead of Downing Strasse says:

    My lack of judgement knows no bounds.
    My lies are legendary.
    I’m a fuckwit of the first order.

  13. 13
    Thrill Seeker says:

    Are there any odds on the Tory vote dropping below 20% in the May elections?

  14. 14
    8illy hilly says:

    Sssshh.

    Dave’s got a long un on at 15/1.

  15. 15
  16. 16
    Margaret Moran says:

    She should do what I did and dress up as an old bag lady and turn up to court crying her eyes out. Worked for me!

  17. 17
    CCHQ says:

    Feast your eyes on Maria Miller’s snazzy website! http://tgr.ph/1qdbdYj

  18. 18
    Persona non grata says:

  19. 19
    Dave the Dunce says:

    “I am the crisis that will leave you homeless,
    The heart attack you have through stress,
    The reason the hospital you need is closed,
    The prescription you cannot afford,
    The food shopping you cannot buy,
    The reason you feel ashamed to be disabled,
    The reason you no longer have a job,
    I am the reason you are called a scrounger,
    I am David Cameron,
    This is the Tory Party,
    We are your crisis,
    And we don’t care who or what you are

  20. 20
  21. 21
    Guy News Room says:

    Asked by Guido Fawkes if PM still backs Miller, No10:”The PM’s view has not changed. The PM has full confidence in her. She does an excellent jobbie”

  22. 22
    Boss Hogan says:

    It’s reassuring to see that her petulant speech is likely to be her undoing.

    For all the bluff. bluster, spin and tinsel we still know when something is very wrong.

  23. 23
    Smoke & Mirrors says:

    Isn’t Mr Smith going to deliver a speech on his next assault on Welfare Reform later today?

  24. 24
    High on the Hog says:

    Chillax, Dave. Letters are for busy people.

  25. 25
    Podiceps says:

    Ms Miller should be held as accountable as any other fraudster- not just being summarily fired but prosecuted too. If we put people in prison for petty theft, or for benefit fraud we should hold our elected representatives to higher standards- and punish them MORE severely not less, they should be better equipped to resist the temptation. Sadly I expect ms Miller will be shoved under a carpet somewhere to re-emerge when the row dies down. Corruption is hard to get rid of..

  26. 26
    Maria Miller says:

    Kiss my fat ass taxpayers

  27. 27
    Maria Miller says:

    Profits on houses and cash in my pocket
    Insincere apologies and a nice golden locket
    Emailed threats all tied up with strings
    These are a few of my favourite things

    A brand new mansion and servants to serve me
    A tidy profit thanks to all you taxpaying patsies
    I threatened to cut off the free press at the wings
    These are a few of my favourite things

  28. 28
    Campaign for Good Poetry says:

    No, that one doesn’t work. Try the pages of Socialist Worker?

  29. 29
    Spartacus says:

    +1

  30. 30
    Peter Mandelson says:

    I’m perfectly relaxed about people becoming filthy rich.

  31. 31
    Yumyum says:

    Sexiest woman on TV.

  32. 32
    No, this is says:

  33. 33
  34. 34
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    This whole thing is being driven by self-interest. It is quite clear that the MPs on the Standards Committee did not wish to punish Maria Miller because they are frightened that an inquisitive journalist or blogger may well uncover more widespread behaviour of the same ilk and many more of their colleagues or even they themselves will be forced to make substantial repayments.

    Although politics is not a profession (they are no qualifications required to join the MPs club) the parallels with other professions (law, medicine, accountancy etc) are obvious. Where a professional body practices self-regulation the standards maintained must be rigorous or the regulation loses all meaning and the body itself loses public credibility. Our MPs have long since passed this point and are now regarded by the general public in the same way the regard something unpleasant on the bottom of their shoe.

    Despite David Cameron’s “warm support” and wish to now let Ms Miller’s fiddled expenses pass it is also worth noting that the opinion of the Standards Committee does not preclude a criminal prosecution (in the same way that a doctor or lawyer may be censured by their political body and still charged). Until all politicians who are found with their fingers in the till are prosecuted there will be no end to their thieving.

    Maria Miller is the worst kind of nannying hectoring MP. One suspects that at least some of her enthusiasm for Levenson was and is propelled by self interest. Her refusal to co-operate with the enquiry not only mirrors the attitude of other odious stains on public life like Mandelson, MacShane and Reid but demonstrates her arrogance and contempt for the general public.

    Since Jellyfish Dave shows little inclination to do anything about her we can only hope the voters of Basingstoke will do the job for him. Meanwhile she will stumble on as an ablatross round his neck and a constant reminder of his pusillanimty and contempt for the general public

  35. 35
  36. 36
    Sackmarianow says:

    I just wondered whether anybody knew what rent David Laws was paying his boyfriend, ie was the rent normal for a flat share in Kennington, or was it on the high side?

  37. 37
    Pitkapoika says:

    So it looks like The Telegraph’s revenge for Leveson has come to fruition. We don’t really need an Election next year. Let’s just hand Parliament over to the Media, scrap the Leveson guide lines. Russel Brand for Prime Minister, Freddie Starr for Chancellor, Rusbridger as Culture and Media Minister, Polly Toynbee Welfare etc.
    You know it makes sense. These fine upstanding citizens have no axes to grind, know far more on every subject than current MPs , would never ever claim outrageous salaries, fiddle their expenses, or show bias in any way. They would never break any Laws but would helpfully change Laws to avoid their breaking them. Finally with the BBC in charge of Information we would know we were safe. Who needs a Democracy when you could have the Daily Mirror Free State.

  38. 38
    You don't have to full of shit to work there, but it helps says:

    At last, the CCHQ bumboys have been given a line to spin.

  39. 39
    Fisting, rimming and a todger up the Gary says:

    You have to take account of all the extras.

  40. 40
    Isn't the cunt going to say anything? says:

    Has Dave overslept? He seems strangely quiet.

  41. 41
    SIZE 14 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

    I AM NOT DISABLED

  42. 42
    Pitkapoika says:

    This country’s biggest single problem is that 70% of the adult population actually believe most of what they read in the Newspapers, or see and hear on TV and Radio . they do not realise how poorly educated, inexperienced, and in several cases down right psychotic many of these media journos are.

  43. 43
    Dixon Of Dock Green says:

    So Maria Miller makes 2nd home claims 2005-09. Stops claiming Apr ’09 just before letters come out on CGT. Doesn’t claim but sells house 2014.

    Bitch.

  44. 44
    The Talent Pool says:

    It doesn’t really gte to the nub of the matter does it?

    It seems these people think that the only people who can be MPs are the people who are already there, and , like it or not, we are going to have to put up with their thievery. The devil you know, and all that. Clegg tried that recently – support a never-reforming Europe beause anything else is scary. That went well, eh?

    I think they should maybe try a new line, something to do with obeying the law and doing what the public want to bring back honest democratic government.

  45. 45
    The Talent Pool says:

    You are wrong. Don’t blame the message or the messenger. Shoot Miller.

  46. 46
    Typical of an individual promoted way above her competence says:

    Her high handedness is instantly revognisable as a coping strategy to mask her incompetence and dishonesty.

  47. 47
    bergen says:

    When you consider that she has only been an MP for 9 years, the amount of capital gains on her expense claimable assets have been eyewatering-like winning the lottery.

    Add to that her arrogance, self entitlement and hide of a rhino then she’s a continuing proof of Cameron’s total lack of judgement for so long as he keeps her in office.

  48. 48
    The Mighty Civil Service Union says:

    Not even a little bit? Handicapped? Challenged? Oh dear. You need to be some sort of a helpless ‘victim with a grievance’. That’s how the whole big-state thing works. You think you have a call for the state to ‘make it better’ and we tax the hell out of you and everyone else to keep you dependant on us.

  49. 49
    olden1936 says:

    Will parliamentarians ever cease to offer contempt and arrogance for the tax-paying public they are well-paid to represent? For the sake of integrity yes she should resign. lately too many obvious fiddles by politicians have been described as ‘mistakes’ and ‘oversights’ and yet these precious people convinced of their elitist entitlement employ professional accountants to handle their finances and so there should be no reason or excuse for ‘mistakes’.

  50. 50
    Lord Stansted says:

    The best thing about this BBC’s i-thingy is that it will not play in a linux browser without an additional plugin.

  51. 51
    Gideon says:

    He’s expecting me to say summat, but I’m keeping my head down!

  52. 52
    pissed off tax-payer says:

    Did we pay for that too?

  53. 53
    If the line is from CCHQ, it's bound to be bollocks says:

    This country’s biggest single problem is that 70% of the adult population actually ignore most of what they read in the Newspapers, or see and hear on TV and Radio . they do not realise how poorly educated, inexperienced, and in several cases down right psychotic many of these politicians are.

  54. 54
    Lord Stansted says:

    It’s also how Parliament operates.

  55. 55
    One of her employers says:

    I’ts not a mistake! It’s fucking THEFT!!!

  56. 56
    Lord Stansted says:

    One would think so, but people seem happier to burn down carpet shops.

  57. 57
    hang on a min says:

    We’re not asking much.
    We just want our views represented by people who love
    our country as much as we do.
    And we want our elected representatives to be decent,honest
    and trustworthy.

  58. 58
    Drake's drum says:

    Will parliamentarians ever cease to offer contempt and arrogance for the tax-paying public they are well-paid to represent?

    Not unless they are strongly encouraged to do so – long jail terms would be a good start: public executions better.

  59. 59
    Yurovsky says:

    And what precisely will all this righteous indignation achieve? She’ll end up just like Madge Moran, Jacqui Smith, Hazel Blears and the rest of the thieving crones. And, if it was to ever come to court, a slap on the wrist, ordered to pay back a fraction of what she has stolen and then out of an open prison in a couple of months. My method was much better – down to a cellar and shoot them.

  60. 60
    Mongoli@ r Us says:

    Some fat Limp woman on Brillo, Carib Baroness knows FA about business, wants to stay in EU for prole bennies it seems. Worried about a low regulation, low tax, industrious nation with its own destiny.

    Lady p now on. Why is all bleck women soon fat?

  61. 61
    Drake's drum says:

    Need you ask? The fat bitch never uses her own money.

  62. 62
    Dave says:

    I’m chillaxing.

  63. 63
    The Pet Shop Boys says:

    Was he using taxpayers money to pay this boy rent ?

  64. 64
    SIZE 14 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

    I know inconvenient isn’t it, living on my pensions within my means paying my rent, claiming no benefits of any kind ,no strange sexual preferences ,single, partial to a beer WHY ME ???

  65. 65
    Peed off Non Trougher says:

    Why should Miller worry if she gets the elbow? she’ll still get her pension, a cozy number on the sofa with Brillo, weekly appearances on the Sky Paper review, a phone in on LBC and a chair at her local hospital – cushty!

  66. 66
    8umboy 8illy Hague says:

    “an additional plugin”?

    Sounds interesting.

  67. 67
    Taxfodder says:

    Seems to me when Miller get the elbow as she surely will, perhaps those that supported her cause the most should go too.

    If Cameron’s judgment is this awful he really ought to consider stepping down and let others with a bit more backbone and a better sense of decency run the Government……

  68. 68
    Sunday league footy player willing to do a second job as an MP says:

    I wouldn’t mind but it’s not like any of these politicians are any good at their jobs.
    I could fuck things up just as good as them for 30k a year without the need of a second home or expenses.
    Let’s see market forces at work and employ me as an MP.

  69. 69
    Vin-de-Pay says:

    The hidden death sentence by the PM “She has my complete support”. Cue drum roll.

  70. 70
    Dave says:

    Don’t worry here comes David Lammy to make things clear.God help us.

  71. 71
    HughGuv says:

    Hazel Blairs was re-elected with a massive majority by the good people of Salford in 2010, only a year after they were prepared to string her up. How quickly they forget. Expect the same to happen with Mick the Miller in Basingstoke.

  72. 72
    What a waste says:

    Cameron lacks judgement?

    The appointment of Miller as minister of media probably had a certain logic in his mind, since she has so much in common with the BBC — world champions of waste and toughing.

    No wonder they continue to get away with it; gross waste ranging right across the board from Olympic coverage to a new series of Lambing, and Miller (with Cameron’s nod) effectively sanctions it.

  73. 73
    Fat Jacqui Smigger says:

    Disgraceful!

  74. 74
    Anonymous says:

    I bet Balls and Cooper say nowt well may be

  75. 75
    Increasingly pissed-off taxpayer says:

    FFS Camoron has said this morning that she has done “the right thing”

    How much more fucking stupid can he get???

  76. 76
    well there's a surprise says:

    So she’s resigned, paid back all the money and
    handed herself into the police?
    I must have missed that.

  77. 77
    johnnygee says:

    It’s a bit sad that the poor who overclaim on their benefits find themselves up in court. Yet if your an MP noone seems to give a toss or what is more do anything about it when you have had your hands in the till for thousands.
    If the PM thinks he is doing the honourable thing by standing by this lady, he needs to think again. I’ve got a sneaky feeling the good old british public might just feel like the piss has bee ntaken once too often.

  78. 78
    When you're in a hole says:

    Top quality bollocks from a fuckwit

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-26922372

  79. 79
    Dirtbox Dave - queen of the homos says:

    As you can see, I’m starting to get jolly angry.

    So let’s just leave it there.

  80. 80
    Di Ann Fatbutt says:

    Oi sonny, who are you callin’ “women”

  81. 81
    Where are Tony Blair's Expenses says:

    Why don’t we have a full investigation into Tony Blair’s expenses who did exactly the same as Miller. Even though he had his expenses shredded a good investigator could piece it altogether through bank statements and mortgage payments.

    What about having a good look at Ruth Kelly’s expenses whose dishonesty makes McShane look honest.

    Can Guido publish a list of all those MPs who flipped their properties to avoid capital gains tax

  82. 82
    Where are Tony Blair's Expenses says:

    Why don’t we have a full investigation into Tony Blair’s expenses who did exactly the same as Miller. Even though he had his expenses shredded a good investigator could piece it altogether through bank statements and mortgage payments.

    What about having a good look at a former female education secretary’s expenses whose dishonesty makes McShane look honest. Can’t mention her by name as I get modded as I have done since the day the expenses scandal first broke.

    Can Guido publish a list of all those MPs who flipped their properties to avoid capital gains tax

  83. 83
    All details matter says:

    We should be informed too, whether Miller has tried to claim back from the taxpayer any costs for legal services incurred in her lengthy correspondence and obfuscation over this matter.

    I would suspect that, as the parliamentary committee effectively sanctioned her house payment claims, she would argue she was justified in incurring the legal costs to fight her case.

  84. 84
    Not surprised says:

    Hey London black teenagers, instead of stabbing each other, why don’t you nip down to the HoC and put some steel in anyone coming out. Maria Miller would of course be preferred, but honestly, it’s like fish in a barrel.

  85. 85
    Her Spads fight back says:

    You must be the Miller adviser that flagged up to the Telegraph that they should be mindful Miller was dealing with Leveson restraints, not so? Or one of her ilk.

  86. 86
    Tony Baloney says:

    Leave the poor woman alone. I invaded a Country Illegally, aided in the killings of 1000’s of people by my actions, allowed my Country to be given-away to the EU without a vote and used my position in government to secure myself a multimillion pound job for a Global Bank….

  87. 87
    Someone says:

    Why was she selected? She studied at the LSE for Christ’s sake. Didn’t anyone see that as any kind of a warning?

  88. 88
    Inconvenient Truth says:

    The only way that’s going to happen is if we have a Direct Democracy similar to the Swiss. They have Part-time Politicians, shed-loads of Referendums and an 80% approval rating for their Democracy (although how someone can vote against themselves having a vote is rather perplexing/puzzling)

  89. 89
    Tony B£air, the people's millionaire (don't mention Iraq) says:

    I suppose that may have gone down well on socialist-bedwetter.com?

  90. 90
    A viewer says:

    Her initials would probably be sufficient.

  91. 91
    Norma Stitz says:

    Alizee…….mmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  92. 92
    Norma Stitz says:

    I was sorry to see my MP, the butterball Therese Coffey, wheeled out on the Daily Politics to attempt a defence of her larcenous colleague. Her argument seemed to be that because Maria Miller was competent, her peccadillos should be overlooked. This makes me wonder about Coffey herself. Off to UKIP now, after voting Tory for nearly 50 years.

  93. 93
    broderick crawford says:

    The inmate adjudicating on the asylum methinks .

  94. 94
    broderick crawford says:

    Apology statement speedier than Usain Bolt on psychedelics.

  95. 95
    broderick crawford says:

    Mr Smith who he ?
    Oh you mean Druncan -Smith.

    Important to get both barrels included don tcha know .

  96. 96

    Reblogged this on maltbyblogger and commented:
    Labour write to Labour (Kevin Barron)

  97. 97
    Negative Bitch Gilmore says:

    Best Wishes?

    Wtf?

  98. 98
    Bleak outlook with Labour says:

    Jolly Good!

  99. 99
    Ricky Foolton says:

    Sheila Gilmore is a female version of the Reverend I M Jolly!


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