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‘Paisley’s suspension a reminder of the need for integrity’ - McGuigan

4 September, 2018 - by Philip McGuigan


The beginning of DUP MP Ian Paisley’s suspension from Westminster today is a reminder of the need for integrity in public office, Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan has said.

The North Antrim MLA also urged the people of the constituency to sign the petition to unseat Paisley, given the serious nature of his wrongdoing.

Philip McGuigan commented: “Ian Paisley will begin his suspension today after being subject to the most severe sanction handed down by that parliament in 70 years.

“He was suspended over his links to the notorious Sri Lankan regime. He accepted lavish holidays from the Sri Lankan government and then lobbied to prevent the UN investigating the mass murder of Tamil civilians by that same government.

“Despite this, Ian Paisley’s party leadership have yet to condemn these actions or to confirm whether or not he still has their support as MP for North Antrim.

“That is a failure of leadership and a failure to address the very serious issues at the heart of this scandal.

“However, in the current recall petition the people of North Antrim have an opportunity to give their verdict and to demand integrity in public office by signing the petition to unseat Ian Paisley and I would call on as many people as possible to do so.” 

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