Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Speaker’s finger-wagging lecture to Ulster-born MP

The Commons Speaker Michael Martin astonished MPs last night after refusing to join a chorus of apologies for the scandal over MPs' expenses.

Instead, the Speaker turned his fire on MPs who argued it was wrong to call in the police to investigate the leaking of their expenses.

In the Commons chamber he rebuked Ulster-born Kate Hoey, a former Labour minister, after she warned calling in the police would be “an awful waste of resources”.

Wagging his finger as he lectured Ms Hoey, Mr Martin said it was easy for her to give “pearls of wisdom” in media interviews but added: “Some of us in this House have other responsibilities.”

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