MLA defends his expenses bill…

Mark Robinson, the DUP MLA for South Belfast, who lives in Portstewart Bushmills, unsurprisingly came second top of the Assembly’s league table for drawn expenses (Donegal based Pat Doherty claimed just over three grand more), has defended his £18,000 bill:

“The Northern Ireland Assembly was sitting today and the record will show that I was present at the Assembly. I want to make it clear that my office remains open and I intend to continue to make representations on behalf of my constituents. I have been involved in Assembly business at Stormont today and was in my constituency office yesterday and early this morning.”

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