Jim Shannon told he “still regards himself as a local councillor” and “needs to let go”…

Here’s an interesting wee story. Stormont MP Jim Shannon has been ordered to pay back £14,000 in falsely claimed travel expenses he paid out to his office staff. The BBC reports… The Strangford MP’s claims were five times greater than the second highest claiming MP and 37 times greater than the average claim by all MPs. He accounted for 26.1% of all staff constituency mileage claimed by the entire House of Commons. So what’s Jim been up to? The Independent …

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Other reasons for McArdle’s resignation?

Mick has some thoughts on Mary McArdle standing down as a special advisor below. It may have been that Sinn Fein or Ms. McArdle felt the need for her to move on and as Mick says Ann Travers may on UTV have been determined to see it as an act of reconciliation. A slightly different analysis of the situation is presented by the News Letter. Ms Travers said she thought the reason for the timing of the resignation may have …

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