Saturday, May 16, 2009
Anti Gay MP Iris Robinson In Hot Water For Expenses
Northern Ireland MPs Iris Robinson and her husband Peter both tried to claim for the same £1,223 expenses bill on the same day.
Mrs Robinson, who once described homosexuality as an "abomination", was exposed in the latest round of expense receipts published by the Daily Telegraph.
The Democratic Unionist Party MPs have come under scrutiny for their financial affairs before, with a tabloid newspaper reporting last month that they claim almost £600,000 a year in salaries and expenses.
Earlier this year, police said Mrs Robinson would not be prosecuted over remarks she had made about gays.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph last summer, she said: "I cannot think of anything more sickening than a child being abused. It is comparable to the act of homosexuality. I think they are all comparable. I feel totally repulsed by both."
She also suggested that there are therapies to "cure" people of homosexuality, saying: "I have a very lovely psychiatrist who works with me in my offices and his Christian background is that he tries to help homosexuals trying to turn away from what they are engaged in.
"And I have met people who have turned around to become heterosexual."
Shortly after her outburst, Mrs Robinson's son Gareth was photographed kissing a man and sitting on his knee at a Belfast party.