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Tories plan to end Stormont 'double jobbing'


The Conservatives have said they will use a bill currently before Westminster to try to clamp down on double jobbing at Stormont.

The Northern Ireland assembly members bill deals with MLAs' salaries and allowances.

The Conservative spokesman Owen Paterson said his party would propose amendments to the bill next month.

He said they would stop any extra money being paid to politicians who hold more than one elected position.

"It's quite a tight bill, just to do with the details of payment of expenses, allowances and salaries.

"So we would have to draft our amendments within the constraints of the bill," he said.

"The effect would be that renumeration would not be available to those who got themselves elected to a second post."

Last month, Ulster Unionists failed to win assembly agreement to end double jobbing by MLAs by 2011.

The DUP won a debate in the NI Assembly with its amendment to phase out the practice by 2015 by 34 votes to 23.

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