STAFFORD MP Jeremy Lefroy said culture secretary Maria Miller should have resigned earlier.
Mr Lefroy was speaking after the culture secretary stepped down this morning over an ongoing expenses row.
The cabinet member was ordered by the independent parliamentary commissioner to pay back £45,000 she had claimed although she was cleared of funding a home for her parents from the public purse but the Commons Standard Committee ruled she should only repay £5,800.
That decision sparked outrage among the public and in her own party with calls for a change in the way complaints against MPs are dealt with.
Although the Prime Minister had backed her many felt she should step down.
Mr Lefroy said: “She should have done it straight away because it’s quite clear this is where politicians’ and government’s perceptions are completely out of kilter with the general public’s.
“The public can’t understand why MPs should have the final say over one of their own when it’s supposed to be an independent process.
“Until last week I thought the independent process was the final word. I was quite astonished so even I don’t understand our own processes.
“The right thing was to resign immediately. (The damage) can be undone but it will take a long time of people seeing the work that goes on and not having more cases like this coming along.”