Councillors accept gifts worth £13,370

LUCKY local reps have pocketed presents worth £13,370 during the first term of Antrim and Newtownabbey Council, it can be revealed.

This week the Antrim Guardian lifts the lid on the Gift Register which was designed to record all ‘freebies’ worth £20 or more.

And the contents are certainly eye-opening, ranging from vouchers and tickets, fine wines, flights and hotel stays - to full-blown international travel.

Indeed, DUP Group Leader Phillip Brett has been the beneficiary of almost half that eye-watering total. And it seems that he has benevolent friends in high places.

*Read the full story in this week’s Antrim Guardian

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