Jordan Armstrong, the TUV Assembly Candidate for East Londonderry has said that the recent revelations about MLA’s Expenses highlight the need for “radical change” at Stormont.
Mr Armstrong said: “The revelations surrounding the abuse of Assembly expenses exposed by Jim Allister this week highlights the need for radical change at Stormont and underscores the fact that that change will only come via TUV MLAs.
“When it comes to MLAs fleecing the public or the abuse of public money it always seems to be Jim Allister who is doing work of brining it out into the open. Why? Because all the other parties have no interest in providing transparency to their electorate, but seek to unashamedly hide from scrutiny and maximise financially at the taxpayers’ expense. They are committed to the system which is open to such abuse.
“If the public share Jim Allister’s disgust at the fact that NONE of the £700,000 claimed by Sinn Fein MLAs and paid to Research Services Ireland has been recovered by the Assembly in spite of the BBC finding that no evidence of research carried out by the company could be produced and that the Assembly did not seek to recover any of the rent paid by Sinn Fein MLAs to what the BBC found to be non-existent “cultural societies” because a review of the Spotlight allegations “confirmed that payments for rent, as reported in the programme, were made for admissible expenditure. As such, no recovery has been sought” then the only answer is to vote TUV.
“There are a large and growing number of people in Northern Ireland – both Unionist and Nationalist – who are fast coming to the conclusion that all politicians are only interested in themselves and there is a danger that they simply will not vote.
“However, sitting at home or voting for the same old parties which have done nothing to address issues such as this will do nothing to change things…
“Jim Allister has proved in the last Assembly term that TUV is serious about bringing the hidden things of Stormont into the light. A vote for us is a vote to shake things up and move away from the old self-interest of the past.”