Salmond to hand back his Scottish salary…

As noted yesterday, the future of the Union beyond Northern Ireland seems not to overly concern DUP MPs. What might concern them though is the news that Alex Salmond is going to give up one of his parliamentary salaries, even though he is double jobbing.

Mr Salmond said he believed he would be the first person who had been elected as both an MP and an MSP to take only one wage. He said: “My intention is I will be taking one Parliamentary salary. Arrangements are being made and an announcement will be made shortly. I think I will be the first person in this position only to take one parliamentary salary. It can be done and I will do it. But it’s not quite as simple as you might think it should be.” A spokesman for Mr Salmond said later: “These arrangements will be backdated to the election.”

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