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‘Questions mount for DUP over Paisley saga’ - McGuigan

13 August, 2018 - by Philip McGuigan


The DUP leadership should state whether it endorses a support event for its suspended MP Ian Paisley which is due to take place tonight, Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan has said.

The North Antrim MLA was speaking after DUP councillor John Finlay organised the meeting to show support for Ian Paisley, who is also expected to attend the event.

Philip McGuigan commented: “Ian Paisley has been suspended from both Westminster and his own party over his links to the Sri Lankan regime.

“Such is the severity of his actions in lobbying to prevent a UN investigation of Sri Lankan war crimes after having received lavish holidays from that regime, that he has been given the strongest sanction handed down to any MP in 70 years.

“Despite this, the DUP leadership still remain silent on his actions. They refuse to say how long he is suspended for, or to give any details of the investigation they have announced into his conduct.

“They have also refused to say whether he will be endorsed as a DUP candidate in a North-Antrim by-election if the recall petition to unseat him is successful.

“Now we learn that a support event is to take place locally and again the DUP leadership have not said if this is done with their approval. Do any DUP members, including Ian Paisley as a suspended member, have the party’s endorsement to attend this event?

“Every day that this saga continues, the questions mount for the DUP leadership and they show huge disrespect for the electorate in North Antrim by refusing to answer them.” 

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