Either pay back £45,000 in fraudulent expense claims or resign.
  • Petitioned Maria Miller MP

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Maria Miller MP
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport | Minister for Women and Equalities

Either pay back £45,000 in fraudulent expense claims or resign.

    1. Matthew Lawrence
    2. Petition by

      Matthew Lawrence

      Reading, United Kingdom

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April 2014

Victory

From petition creator, Matthew Lawrence: This morning, 09 April 2014, five days after the petition began; Maria Miller MP resigned from her ministerial post.

The public support for this petition has been overwhelming. Of course this is just the first step. Maria Miller still hasn't paid back the full £45,000 and the expenses system still needs reform.

In addition there are questions that need answering about the Committee on Standards. They disregarded the Parliamentary Commissioners recommendations after a 14 month investigation, letting Maria Miller off with literally a slap on the wrist.

I hope this petition has shown that the power of people power via social media is a game changer. This can rightly be seen as the first ministerial resignation via pressure from social media.

Thank you once again for your time to sign and promote this important subject matter. I hope going forward this petition will help contribute to achieving positive change.

After a 14-month investigation, Kathryn Hudson, Parliament’s standards commissioner, said earlier this year that the Culture Secretary Maria Miller should hand back £45,000 in over-claimed allowances for a house in south-west London.

However MPs on the Commons standards committee overruled the commissioner and said Mrs Miller would have to repay just £5,800 and apologise for her “attitude” during the inquiry.

Maria Miller then subsequently gave a 32 second apology. This is an insult to taxpayers at a time when her Government are hitting the poorest hardest.

We call for Maria Miller MP to either pay back the £45,000 fraudulent expense claims or resign.

To:
Maria Miller MP
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport | Minister for Women and Equalities
Either pay back £45,000 in fraudulent expense claims or resign.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Petition now closed

      Matthew Lawrence
      Petition Organizer

      This morning, 09 April 2014, five days after the petition began; Maria Miller MP resigned from her ministerial post.

      The public support for this petition has been overwhelming. Of course this is just the first step. Maria Miller still hasn't paid back the full £45,000 and the expenses system still needs reform.

      In addition there are questions that need answering about the Committee on Standards. They disregarded the Parliamentary Commissioners recommendations after a 14 month investigation, letting Maria Miller off with literally a slap on the wrist.

      I hope this petition has shown that the power of people power via social media is a game changer. This can rightly be seen as the first ministerial resignation via pressure from social media.

      Thank you once again for your time to sign and promote this important subject matter. I hope going forward this petition will help contribute to achieving positive change.

    2. MARIA MILLER HAS RESIGNED!!

      Matthew Lawrence
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you everyone who signed & promoted the petition. We now require expenses reform. This result is just one step in the right direction.

    3. News Night

      Matthew Lawrence
      Petition Organizer

      The petition has just been shown on BBC News Night.

    4. 150,000 Signature Mark Broken

      Matthew Lawrence
      Petition Organizer

      How much longer will the views of the public be ignored?

    5. 140,000 Signatures!

      Matthew Lawrence
      Petition Organizer

      How many signatures are needed before Maria Miller does the right thing? Her arrogance is quite remarkable.

    6. Huffington Post

      Matthew Lawrence
      Petition Organizer
      A Petition Calling For Maria Miller's Resignation Is Quite Popular

      A change.org petition calling for the resignation of Maria Miller if she fails to repay expenses has passed the 30,000 signature mark. The embattled culture secretary is under huge pressure to hand back £45,000 that she over-claimed on a London property.

    7. 130,000 signature barrier broken!

      Matthew Lawrence
      Petition Organizer

      The pressure continues to build .

      Maria Miller expenses row: Tory MPs grow restless as tide begins to turn against Culture Minister

      Colleagues protested that the Culture Secretary had blundered by delivering such a perfunctory apology to the Commons last week after she was ordered to repay nearly £6,000 of mortgage payments. An online petition calling for her to resign if she does not return the full £45,000 initially recommended by the independent Parliamentary Commissioner had received more than 100,000 signatures by Monday night.

    8. Petition discussed by the Independent newspaper

      Matthew Lawrence
      Petition Organizer
      Maria Miller expenses row: Tory MPs grow restless as tide begins to turn against Culture Minister

      Colleagues protested that the Culture Secretary had blundered by delivering such a perfunctory apology to the Commons last week after she was ordered to repay nearly £6,000 of mortgage payments. An online petition calling for her to resign if she does not return the full £45,000 initially recommended by the independent Parliamentary Commissioner had received more than 100,000 signatures by Monday night.

    9. Reading campaigner's petition calling for resignation of Culture Secretary

      Matthew Lawrence
      Petition Organizer
      Reading campaigner's petition calling for resignation of Culture Secretary Maria Miller amasses 50,000 signatures

      Published: 7 Apr 2014 18:00 A LABOUR campaigner's call for Culture Secretary Maria Miller to stand down is making waves in Westminster after amassing 50,000 signatures in three days. Park Ward candidate Matt Lawrence launched the petition calling on Mrs Miller to "either pay back £45,000 in fraudulent expense claims or resign" on Friday after public outcry over her false expenses claims reached fever pitch.

    10. 100,000 signatures and counting!

      Matthew Lawrence
      Petition Organizer

      David Cameron can not continue to ignore the public feeling on this matter.

    11. Reached 100,000 signatures
    12. 50,000 Signatures!!

      Matthew Lawrence
      Petition Organizer

      I think we can clearly see that Maria Miller has got some decisions to make.......and quickly.

    13. Reached 50,000 signatures
    14. Over 10,000 Signatures

      Matthew Lawrence
      Petition Organizer

      Fantastic response people!!!!!

    15. Reached 10,000 signatures
    16. Reached 1,500 signatures
    17. Maria Miller should resign, say former party chairman Lord Tebbit and

      Matthew Lawrence
      Petition Organizer
      David Cameron at odds with top Tories as pressure grows on Maria Miller

      Downing Street was digging in its heels on Sunday night and resisting growing pressure for MPs to be stripped of their ability to police their own affairs in the wake of a near tenfold reduction in the amount of overclaimed expenses Maria Miller was ordered to repay.

    18. Mail on Sunday Front Page

      Matthew Lawrence
      Petition Organizer
      Twitter

      MAIL ON SUNDAY: Sack her! 80% want PM to axe shamed minister #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers pic.twitter.com/hJLrq3Y2UA

    19. Tory Website Conservative Home Condem Maria Miller

      Matthew Lawrence
      Petition Organizer
      Maria Miller should resign and Parliament should reform

      What an awful inconvenience for our elected Members of Parliament the Maria Miller affair has been. No doubt they were convinced that the spectre of revolution that permeated the air in the aftermath of the MPs' expenses scandal had long receded. Maria Miller's behaviour has given new life to what many had assumed were long-gone concerns.

    20. 1,000 Signatures In Under 48 Hours

      Matthew Lawrence
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to everybody who has signed so far. Please forward on to others so we can continue to build the campaign to a successful outcome.

      Kind regards

      Matt

    21. Reached 1,000 signatures
    22. Maria Miller's behaviour is shocking, claims former chairman of Standards C

      Matthew Lawrence
      Petition Organizer
      Maria Miller's behaviour is shocking, claims former chairman of Standards Committee

      The Commissioner later found Mrs Miller to have broken the rules and recommended that she repay more than £40,000 - but the decision was overruled by a secretive committee of MPs. Sir Alistair told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "The degree of lack of co-operation or the attempt to divert the commissioner from addressing the issues concerned seems fairly exceptional.

    23. Department for Culture, Media and Sports Twitter account hacked.

      Matthew Lawrence
      Petition Organizer

      The Department for Culture, Media and Sport's Twitter account was hacked briefly with messages aimed at Maria Miller --> http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/maria-miller-dcms-twitter-hacked-3379981?

      Maria Miller: DCMS Twitter hacked to criticise Tory minister

      The Department for Culture, Media and Sport's Twitter account was hacked briefly with messages aimed at Maria Miller Hackers appeared to take control of the Twitter account for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport this evening to have a pop at under fire Tory minister Maria Miller.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Andrew Burge SWAFFHAM PRIOR, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 29 days ago

      I'm furious with the stance of the Politicians on expenses. If they really get "cornered" they pay it back, maybe. Does that work in court for people we like to call "criminals" - I don't think so....

      I know this is an old story now but I expect there will be more like it.

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    • jeffrey krell MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 6 months ago

      In any other workplace, this would be classed as theft. Police would be involved How long can poliuticiand go on thinking that theyt are above the coomon people,

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    • nick carter STOWMARKET, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 6 months ago

      What next a theif has "apologised," why not a murderer, "sorry I strangle me muvver-in-law yer honour, won't do it agin". ALL the money back, please>

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    • June Bell HULL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 6 months ago

      get rid of her corrupt!!!!!

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    • Christy Dunkerley EXETER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 6 months ago

      Many thanks and congratulations to Matthew Lawrence for the success of this important campaign. Ms Miller has done nothing except victimise those of us who are disabled - the injustice and cruelty of this causes nothing but huge stress which then goes onto exacerbate our illnesses/s and increases our disability even more!! In my opinion, we need a disabled MP to represent us. Live in hope of this.

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