We will ask the Committee on Standards in Public Life to look at the circumstances applying in Northern Ireland before final application of the flat rate allowance for MPs representing Northern Ireland.
Outrageous. Are we United Kingdom or not? Do we want two classes of MPs? Betty Boothroyd declared that there is no Associate Membership of the House of Commons and she was right.
I hope all our Unionist MPs from Northern Ireland stand their ground on this one; they are United Kingdom MPs and they should demand to be treated as such, in exactly the same way as their fellow MPs from England, Scotland and Wales, instead of some kind of 2nd-class hill-billies who only slink in from the backwoods in order to collect the bags of dosh on offer.