Several constituents wrote to me saying that Mrs Miller should resign from the Cabinet. Other soundings I took showed this was a common view. I made sure the leadership of the Conservative party were informed of the strong feelings, as did many other MPs from their constituencies.
Mrs Miller has now resigned. She did so before the meeting of the 1922 (Conservative backbench) Committee where further representations to the Prime Minister were likely on the mood in country about this matter. The Prime Minister will now attend the meeting this afternoon with this issue resolved. It is time to concentrate on explaining and reinforcing the good economic recovery now underway, and seeing through improvements and reforms to our public services and welfare systems.