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Maria Miller resigned as Culture Secretary. Picture: Getty

Maria Miller resigned as Culture Secretary. Picture: Getty

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A RUINED reputation, a Prime Minister charged with dithering, an expenses scrutiny system found unfit for purpose – and public uproar at yet another MPs’ expenses scandal: such is the expensive legacy of the Maria Miller affair. The resignation of the Minister for Culture, Media and Sport was a final – and overdue – recognition of the damage caused by a second homes expenses claim despite all assurances that “lessons had been learned” and that questionable expenses claims could never be repeated. The reputation of Westminster as a parliament capable of policing itself has been reduced to rubble.

A RUINED reputation, a Prime Minister charged with dithering, an expenses scrutiny system found unfit for purpose – and public uproar at yet another MPs’ expenses scandal: such is the expensive legacy of the Maria Miller affair.

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