Ian Junior claimed £10,000 in postage in his six last months in office…

Hmmm… First we had Inkgate, then Inkgate II … Now it’s the DUP’s turn to answer some awkward question regarding a spot of free riding by Ian Junior this time… According to Diana Rusk in today’s Irish News that equates to about 112 letters a day… In response the North Antrim MP said that that estimate would be about right, claiming that “I get 220 letters every single days. My post bag is incredibly heavy – ask my postman.”

That would be an impressive turnaround Ian… Inside the paper Ms Rusk also notes that in 2010, all of Sinn Fein’s 28 MLAs used 13,250 envelopes at a cost of £6,894.72… That’s just over half of Mr Paisley’s total.. Oh dear…

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