Has the DUP already switched back on ‘double jobbing’?

Anyone watching Sammy Wilson last night on Stormont Today last night, may have noticed he devolved upwards the decision over his future as Finance Minister. It is, he said, a matter for his party leader. Well, the last time we looked it was DUP party policy was to unilaterally bring an end double jobbing. Or in Peter Robinson’s own words: “any of our Assembly Members elected to Westminster will give up their Assembly seats.” Even Sammy himself told Gerry Moriarty that winning East Antrim would mean giving up the best job he’s ever had

The ‘about turn’ on the issue is understandable, not least since the Tories, who campaigned vigourously on the issue have ripped up their own pledges on double jobbing in Vale of Glamorgan/South Wales West affair… And the SDLP and Sinn Fein determination, apparently, to carry on regardless…

But, if there has been a change in party policy, I think we (not to mention the party executive) should be told…

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  • Cynic

    … just as this week they ripped up the reform of expenses

  • slug

    I was disgusted that Hermon has not yet made it into the Commons. The SDLP and DUP have been good contributors to debate there, so far.

    It seems Hermon is elected as a kind of indulgence for “nice people” on the part of NI? She doesn’t have a clear view on anything, and never expresses it in the Commons.

  • joeCanuck

    Robinson had always excepted himself saying that it was necessary to have the Party leader (FM) sitting at both Stormont and Westminster. I guess he never considered the possibility of not getting elected.

  • Cynic

    Thats not fair on Peter’s. They were just so concerned at his problems and poor Iris that they decided to take the decision on double jobbing for him – to remove the pressure

  • fp veritas

    Did you expect the DUP to keep their promise ?

  • Mick Fealty

    Joe. The links relate directly to Sammy and indicate party policy is was party wide (bar the leader/

  • iluvni

    Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North) (DUP): In the previous Parliament and in the run-up to the general election, the right hon. Member for North Shropshire (Mr Paterson), who is now the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, made it very clear that one of the first priorities would be to remove allowances from Members of Parliament who are elected to this House but who do not take their seats and do not fulfil the range of duties that people expect of a Member of Parliament, and thus to resolve an iniquitous situation. Given the great public concern about the abuse of expenses and allowances in the previous Parliament, when can we expect a motion to come before the House to remove those allowances from Members of Parliament who do not do their jobs here?

    Perhaps Mr Dodds can clarify where he stands on the issue of allowances and wages paid to DUP MPs who cannot attend the House of Commons and contribute to debates on account of their attending to their duties as MLA and/or Executive Ministers.

  • joeCanuck

    I know Mick, but i was obliquely suggesting that since the FM cannot now attend Westminster, might Sammy be hoping that Robinson will decide that he now needs a senior Minister to sit in both houses.
    I know, I should have spelled it out.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Given the resounding election result obtained by Sammy a couple of months back I’m not overly convinced that the electorate have a problem with him being a Minister as well as an MP.

    The Belfast Telegraph had a rather fawning article about him. I think there is consensus that the man is effective and his doing a good job – let him get on with it.

  • joeCanuck

    That’s the argument that has been used time and time again; that the electorate doesn’t mind. But the electorate do not get to pick who will be nominated. And anyone who thinks that they can do a good job in both places at the same time is deceiving him or her self.