Some MPs are apparently eager to repay their excessive expenses claims despite the fact that those claims were within the rules. As Nick Robinson notes, Ann Widddecombe has coined it the “my shirt is hairier than yours” competition. Well, politics does cost money.. Meanwhile in the Belfast Telegraph David Gordon has some “stupid” questions about the DUP’s property asset in Ballymena – being paid for from public funds. From David Gordon’s report
Here’s a nagging question over the rental sums being claimed for the DUP constituency office in Ballymena: should the mortgage on this substantial property be paid at public expense? And here’s another one: should the taxpayer be paying it off through rental expenses significantly above market rates? And, for that matter, who will be the ultimate beneficiary from this outlay?