British government censored petitions against Maria Miller expenses scandal, just before her resignation

This video from Britain says about itself:

Maria Miller quits over expenses row

9 April 2014

Maria Miller’s resignation from her position as Culture Secretary follows days of mounting public and political pressure on the MP to quit and signs she was losing support among Tory colleagues despite David Cameron‘s backing.

By Luke James in Britain:

Petitions calling for Maria Miller’s resignation ‘shut down by the government’

Wednesday 9th April 2014

61 appeals on official government website shut down before they could garner sufficient signatures

The government has shut down 61 online petitions calling for Tory minister Maria Miller to be sacked over her second-home expenses scandal, the Morning Star can reveal.

Petitions demanding Ms Miller be sacked as Culture Secretary have been constantly created since she was ordered last week to repay a fraction of the £45,000 in taxpayer’s cash she wrongly claimed.

But every one of the petitions on the official government website was shut down before it could attract signatures.

Many of the rejected petitions expressed rising anger over both her dodgy expenses and the mere 30-second apology she gave to Parliament.

One petition by Stanley Melling said she should be sacked “over her expenses and attitude while being investigated.”

Another started by Laurence Murray said Ms Miller should face the courts.

“A member of the general public would be in court if they claimed benefits they were not entitled to,” Mr Murray wrote.

“Why should MPs be any different?”

A note beneath the rejected petitions stated that the issue was “outside the responsibility of government.”

Labour MP Ian Mearns labelled the clampdown an attack on “democracy and openness.”

Mr Mearns serves on Parliament’s backbench business committee, which has the power to call debates on e-petitions that receive over 100,000 signatures.

He told the Star: “It seems disgraceful in a democracy that over 60 petitions have been blocked.

“There should be an opportunity for people to voice their concern.

“The facility was started by this government for that reason and people should be listened to.”

A petition on calling on Ms Miller to repay wrongly claimed expenses or resign had attracted over 158,000 signatures when the Star went to print yesterday.

That would have smashed the 100,000 total needed to spark a Parliamentary debate on the issue.

Even Tory MPs are agitating for Ms Miller to quit and be forced to pay back the full £45,000 recommended by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.

A poll of Tory voters found one third were less likely to support the party after Mr Cameron’s handling of the scandal.

Miller sacked–now for the rest: here.

Dennis Skinner calls for mass campaign after Maria Miller quits over expenses scandal: here.

Cameron used the Maria Miller furore to quietly exonerate GCHQ over mass snooping on the public, writes MICHAEL MEACHER: here

TORY backbencher Bob Blackman faces repaying more than £1,000 in mileage expenses after submitting over 700 “inaccurate claims,” an inquiry found yesterday: here.

TORY Education Secretary Michael Gove leapt to the defence of Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson yesterday, begging BBC bosses not to sack him over racist language: here.

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16 thoughts on “British government censored petitions against Maria Miller expenses scandal, just before her resignation

  1. FIDDLING: Tory peer Lord Hanningfield was suspended from the House of Lords yesterday for the rest of the current Parliament over his claims for allowances.
    He was handed the maximum sanction after being found to have claimed a £300 allowance for 11 days on which he did no Parliamentary work.
    Hanningfield, jailed in 2011 for a separate abuse of his expenses, has also been ordered to repay the £3,300 he wrongly claimed.


  2. PARLIAMENT: The Commons spent more than £1.4 million on alcohol in 2012 and 2013 to sell in Palace of Westminster bars, restaurants and shops, official figures showed yesterday.

    A freedom of information request response published by parliamentary authorities showed they bought nearly 50,000 bottles of House of Commons sauvignon, more than 26,000 of House merlot and more than 33,000 pints of guest ale over a two-year period.


    • The alcohol and food consumption shows the Parliament not only are half sozzled and gluttons, they have lost their way and their hedonistic character will effect their ability on discernment.


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  4. Straw: Maria Miller ‘unlucky’

    Parliament: Labour MP Jack Straw claimed yesterday that Maria Miller was “unlucky” to be sacked as culture secretary after being caught over-claiming mortgage expenses.

    Ms Miller was fired in April after offering a pitiful apology for wrongly claiming £45,000 in taxpayer’s cash.

    But former Blairite minister Mr Straw said she was chased out of her job by an “extremely neurotic” press that has become “anti-politician.”


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    Expenses scandal: Police launched an inquiry into the House of Lords yesterday after Conservative Lord Hanningfield was found to have claimed a £300 allowance for days on which he did no parliamentary work.

    The former council leader was suspended for the rest of the current Parliament in May by the Lords privileges and conduct committee.

    He was also ordered to repay £3,300 which he had wrongly claimed.


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