Maria Miller aide says media storm is revenge for press regulation

Maria Miller aide says media storm is revenge for press regulation

Mary Macleod texted Tory colleagues to say ongoing furore over culture secretary’s expenses claims were ‘due to Leveson’.

An aide to Maria Miller has accused the media of whipping up a “witch-hunt” about the culture secretary’s overclaimed expenses because she was an architect of press regulation and gay marriage legislation.

Mary Macleod said she thought newspapers had a “hidden agenda” in pursuing the story, after the Commons watchdog ordered Miller to pay back £5,800 in mortgage expenses and make an apology in the House of Commons.

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