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‘Resignation won’t be Paisley’s decision to make’ – McGuigan

17 August, 2018 - by Philip McGuigan


It will be the people of North Antrim who decide whether or not Ian Paisley resigns as their MP and not the man himself, Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan has said.

The North Antrim MLA was speaking after Ian Paisley today told the BBC he did not believe he had done anything that warranted his resignation.

“Unfortunately for Ian Paisley, it won’t be him that makes that decision, it will be the people of North Antrim by signing the recall petition,” Philip McGuigan said.

“And I am sure they many of them will have a different opinion on recent events when they consider that their MP has been subject to the most severe sanction handed down by Westminster in 70 years.

“At the heart of this scandal isn’t the fact that Ian Paisley received lavish holidays from the Sri Lankan government. As wrong as that was, the real scandal is the fact that he lobbied to prevent the UN investigating the mass murder of Tamil civilians by that same government. That is what he should be apologising for and that is what he should be held to account for in the current Recall Petition.

“Ian paisley may not feel any of that is a resigning matter but I have no doubt that many people, both here and internationally would see it very differently.”

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