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Sinn Féin comment on Westminster expenses review

21 April, 2009

Commenting on proposed changes to some allowances claimed by MPs, Sinn Féin MP for Newry and Armagh Conor Murphy said:   “Clearly there are serious concerns about the manner in which allowances have been claimed by a number of MPs. For the record Sinn Féin MPs do not receive a Westminster salary and we do not claim for individual second homes. Unlike others we rent and share two flats amongst the five MPs.   “Sinn Féin will clearly abide by whatever rules and regulations are put in place as we always have done. However we are determined that none of the democratic entitlements of our electorate are in any way diminished.   “It seems to me the people who will be worried by these measures are not those of us who have abided by the rules but rather those MPs and politicians who are grossing hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers money in salaries, allowances and equally importantly through the direct employment of relatives or the payment of mortgages on second homes.” ENDS

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