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Wednesday, 25 July 2018 - 8:33
British MP Ian Paisley suspended over Sri Lankan government-funded holidays
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The Democratic Unionist Party MP Ian Paisley Junior has been suspended from London’s House of Commons for 30 sitting days and had his salary withdrawn for a month.

It comes at the end of an investigation into two holidays taken by the Northern Ireland politician and his family, funded by the Sri Lankan government back in 2013.

His absence is likely to last until October, as the UK parliament goes into recess this week and does not sit again until September 4th.

Speaker of the House John Bercow called it "a regrettable state of affairs".

Bercow will now formally inform the chief electoral officer of the decision and she has ten working days to set up a petition which, if signed by 10% of North Antrim constituents will lead to a by-election and Paisley having to stand down.

Sir Kevin Barron, chair of the Standards Committee, said they had concluded Paisley was guilty of "serious misconduct".

Paisley has apologized for not declaring two family holidays paid for by the Sri Lankan government.

It will also be a blow to British Prime Minister Theresa May, who is relying on the DUP’s 10 MPs to keep her government in power through a confidence and supply agreement.
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