Gerry on the expenses scandal…

On the Stephen Nolan Show, Sinn Fein MPs bring pack lunches to work with them when they go to Westminster, which is why they don’t claim food allowance (or overnight accommodation). Who needs a food allowance, when you have your jam piece? And, no, he has no idea who his London landlord is, but he is sure that “these matters are handled at Westminster work all of this out with our people, and it is all kosher and above board and entirely legal.” Although he did offer that “if we can get accommodation at cheaper rate, I’m up for that”.

Currently taking soundings from across the piste on how the parties are doing in the face of the expenses scandal… Will report back in due course (in case some of you think I am ignoring the question altogether…

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