Pressure grows on Maria Miller as minister criticises brief apology

Pressure grows on Maria Miller as minister criticises brief apology

Expenses row continues to dominate agenda as culture secretary comes under fire for giving wrong message to voters.

Culture secretary Maria Miller came under increasing pressure over her expenses from within the Conservatives after a government minister suggested she could have done a better job of saying sorry and a parliamentary aide signalled she should be concerned for her position.

Esther McVey, a Tory work and pensions minister tipped for promotion, said Miller’s 32-second Commons apology for over-claiming expenses was not how she would have done it herself, while Nicola Blackwood, a Tory aide in the business department, indicated she would be “really quite worried indeed” if in the same position.

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