Culture secretary Maria Miller has finally resigned. Here's a translation of her resignation letter to David Cameron:
Dear Prime Minister,
It is with great regret that I have decided that I should tender my resignation as a member of the Cabinet.
I'm really f***ed off that I've been forced to resign.
I am very grateful to you for your personal support...
I am very grateful to you for your personal support until you told me I had to resign...
...but it has become clear to me that the present situation has become a distraction from the vital work this Government is doing to turn our country around.
...but it has become clear to me that the present situation - which in no way was my fault nor caused by me - has been front page news for the past week.
I have been a member of the Conservative Party for more than 30 years.
I have been loyal to you lot for more than 30 years.
As a working mother, educated at a South Wales Comprehensive School, I know that it is our Party that understands the importance of giving everyone the opportunity to succeed regardless of where they come from.
Well done for forcing out the only person around here who's not a male toff educated at Eton.
I am immensely proud of what my team have been able to achieve during my time in Government: ensuring that our arts and cultural institutions receive the rightful recognition that they deserve in making Britain Great; putting women front and centre of every aspect of DCMS's work; putting in place the legislation to enable all couples to have the opportunity to marry regardless of their sexuality.
See, lefties? See what you've done?
Of course, implementing the recommendations made by Lord Justice Leveson on the future of media regulation, following the phone hacking scandals, would always be controversial for the press. Working together with you, I believe we struck the right balance between protecting the freedom of the press and ensuring fairness, particularly for victims of press intrusion to have a clear right of redress.
Of course, it was the press that did this to me.
I will continue to support you and the work of the Government as you move forward. Ensuring the best future for the people of Basingstoke has been my priority throughout the last 9 years. Whether on the front or back benches of the House of Commons I will continue this work.
Don't you dare deselect me.
The only reason I was able to become an MP and indeed a Government Minister and Cabinet Minister is because of the unstinting support of my husband, my mother, my father and my three children.
The only reason I was able to become an MP and indeed a Government Minister and Cabinet Minister is because of the unstinting support of my husband, my mother, my father and my three children, all of whom lived with me in my second - sorry, main - home in Wimbledon.
I owe them all a great deal.
I owe the British taxpayer £45,000.
Maria Miller, former culture secretary but still a sitting MP
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