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David Ford facing bill for breaking rules on MLA office signs

Former Alliance leader David Ford

FORMER Alliance Party leader David Ford is facing a fine for breaking office signs rules.

Mr Ford included his email address and phone number above the door of his constituency office - the Independent Financial Review Panel rules state that only limited information can appear.

This includes the assembly members' name, title, and party and assembly logos.

"Any additional information will render any claim for rent and rates payment void," the rules add.

Mr Ford said he had done nothing wrong. He did not say how much money he was ordered to repay but average annual rent and rates allowance for MLAs is £8,500.

The former justice minister retired from the assembly in June.

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