Just in from Tory NI spokesman Owen Paterson:
Should the Conservatives win a majority at the next election, one of their first priorities would be to restore the integrity of Parliament. I think that it is inconceivable that incoming Conservative MPs would vote to continue paying millions of pounds of public money to elected members who do not take their seats.
Update: Guardian now have the full statement here…
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