Belfast Telegraph

Make Sinn Fein pay for scandal by stopping MPs' expenses: Allister

By Claire O'Boyle

Jim Allister has called for Sinn Fein MPs' expenses to be stopped after the Barry McElduff scandal.

The TUV leader said that in Mr McElduff's West Tyrone constituency alone, Sinn Fein claimed almost £900,000 in expenses since 2010/11 without taking their seat.

He said: "Sinn Fein have thumbed their nose at the victims of Kingsmill because they think they are untouchable.

"It's time they were made to pay. And there is a way that unionists can deliver just that."

Mr Allister recalled a Westminster debate on the issue secured by the DUP's Nigel Dodds, when the North Belfast MP called for Sinn Fein's expenses to be stalled through the introduction a two-tier system while they refused to take their seats at Westminster.

"Strangely, the DUP deal with the Tories made no mention of removing these allowances - but now, in the wake of the McElduff video, it is surely time to revisit what Ian Paisley Jr has described as 'a scar on Parliament'," added Mr Allister. Sinn Fein said: "Sinn Fein MPs provide first-class constituency services around a wide range of issues and work hard with voluntary, statutory and other providers on behalf of their constituents and those who mandated them."

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