There is something akin to a witch hunt going on against MPs employing their families in their offices in Britain. So much so that the case of the DUP, it seems that information that was freely available last week, which gives the names of people who work in their various MLAs offices has now been removed from their website. Although it is still available through the Google cache. Perhaps of more concern is the fact that few of the practical checks and balances that apply to business expenditure apply to any of these offices. Update: we are told that the list was taken down because it was out of date. It has Jim Allister’s son Philip working for Peter Weir, who left the party’s employ at about the same time his father resigned the party whip.
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