‘Incredulity at DUP silence over Paisley’ - McGuigan
With only one week left until the North Antrim recall petition closes, it is incredulous that the DUP leadership has still not clarified its position on shamed MP Ian Paisley, Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan has said.
Urging the people of the constituency to take advantage of Thursday’s late-opening of the signing centres, the North Antrim MLA said it was crucial to show the DUP leadership that a lack of integrity in office cannot be tolerated.
He said: “The recall petition has been open for almost five weeks and closes on September 19th and I find it incredulous that, throughout that time, the DUP leadership have remained silent on his actions.
“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 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.
“Well there is just over a week left to ensure that it is successful and I would again urge the people of this constituency to come out and sign the petition to ensure the DUP is given a clear message that there must be consequences for a lack of integrity in public office.”