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PM backs Miller

PM backs Miller

David Cameron has said Maria Miller has his "full support" as Culture Secretary, after an inquiry was launched into her expenses claims.

The Parliamentary Standards Commissioner has opened an investigation into claims Ms Miller claimed expenses for a second home while her parents lived there.

But speaking in Brussels before EU negotiations, the Prime Minister backed Ms Miller, saying she was doing an "excellent job" as Culture Secretary.

"A newspaper has asked a number of questions. As far as I can see she’s got excellent answers to all those questions, and she’ll answer them and get on with her job, which is what she should do," he said.

A spokesman for the Culture Secretary said she would "co-operate fully" with the probe.

Ms Miller has also denied using her oversight of the Leveson reforms to warn a newspaper against investigating her expenses.

She told the Evening Standard she complained to the editor of the Telegraph because her father was "doorstepped" by a journalist, but denied mentioning her role overseeing press reform.

The Telegraph has claimed it was warned away by Joanna Hindley, Ms Miller's special adviser, and the Prime Minister's official spokesman Craig Oliver, saying both suggested it would be ill-advised amid the Leveson negotiations.

"This has nothing to do with the Leveson inquiry,” she said.

"My concern is that any investigation is done in accordance with the rules, the editor’s code."


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David Cameron: Maria Miller has my full support

13/12/2012 on BBC News