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Sinn Féin statement on Legg expenses inquiry

14 October, 2009

On Monday Sir Thomas Legg pigeon-holed letters at Westminster for all MPs.

The Sinn Féin Finance Department today issued the following statement.

“The electorate has the right to expect the highest standards from those holding public office and to be confident that taxpayer’s money is being used properly. There is deep public anger over the abuse of allowances by MPs at Westminster. There is anger at the systematic ripping off of tax payer’s money from those elected to high office and anger at the complete lack of transparency and accountability.

“The five Sinn Féin MPs yesterday received letters from Sir Thomas Legg in relation to his enquires into MPs expenses.

 “At the outset of this inquiry we stated publicly that we would co-operate fully with the investigation.

“The inquiry has identified an error made by the House of Commons Fees Office in relation to the over payment of two months rent for Martin McGuinness rental property in London in 2006.

“This error was not picked up on at the time either by the Commons Fees Office or by Sinn Féin. Having had this matter brought to our attention we have immediately taken steps to refund this overpayment. At no time was any money paid directly to Martin McGuinness.

“There have been no other requests by Thomas Legg for any of the other Sinn Féin MPs to pay back any monies claimed. Sinn Féin and those who vote for us expect the highest standards from all of our public representatives. We will continue to act in an open and transparent manner.  And we will do all that we can to end the corrupt political culture which operates on both parts of this island” ENDS

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