PM backs Culture Secretary Maria Miller as expenses watchdog launches probe

Minister faces inquiry over 90,000 expenses: After aide is accused of threatening newspaper, watchdog steps in Cabinet minister claimed 90,718 for London home where parents also livedBasingstoke MP under pressure after her spin doctor 'tried to kill story' Mrs Miller is the minister spearheading gay marriage plan | UPDATED: 08:19 GMT, 14 December 2012 Culture Secretary Maria Miller is to have her expense claims investigated by the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Embattled Culture Secretary Maria Miller is to have her expenses investigated by the Commons watchdog. The office of John Lyon, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, said he was opening an inquiry following a complaint that Mrs Miller had claimed more than 90,000 in second home allowances towards the cost of a house where her parents lived. The complaint was lodged earlier this week by Labour MP John Mann, who claimed the arrangement was ‘identical’ to that of former Labour minister Tony McNulty, who in 2009 was required to repay more than 13,000 claimed on a second home occupied by his parents.