Belfast Telegraph

Monday 30 March 2015

Westminster to debate Sinn Fein expenses

Cutting Sinn Fein’s Parliamentary expenses would save taxpayer’s up to £4m over the course of this parliament, the Government will be told today.

Nigel Dodds has secured a Westminster Hall debate on the cash the five republican MPs can claim despite refusing to take their seats in the Commons.

He will tell ministers Sinn Fein is “seeking and getting preferential treatment” and demand the Conservatives stick by the promises they made in opposition, quoting a number of Cabinet Ministers including Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson, Home Secretary Theresa May and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, who have all been highly critical of the system in recent years.

“On this issue the DUP has been consistent,” Mr Dodds is expected to say. “It opposed the original decision to grant these allowances and supported Conservative attempts to overturn them.”

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