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Embattled Bev Oda stepping down as MP

OTTAWA -- Bev Oda, the embattled minister of international co-operation, is stepping down as an MP at the end of this month.

In a statement on her website, Oda said she handed in her resignation two weeks ago, giving up the southern Ontario seat she has held for eight years.

Oda has come under increasing scrutiny for her spending practices and accountability.

Most recently she drew fire for insisting on staying at a posh hotel during a trip to London, and charging taxpayers the equivalent of $16 for a glass of orange juice.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a news release today praising Oda's hard work and dedication.

Before she was named to the international development post, Oda was the minister for Canadian Heritage.

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