Northern Ireland MP guilty of secret links with the Sri Lankan government

A Northern Ireland MP has been found guilty of going on luxurious holidays paid by the Sri Lankan government.

According to the BBC, Mr Ian Paisley, the DUP MP, is likely to be stripped off of his parliamentary membership:

‘DUP MP Ian Paisley has apologised in the House of Commons and admitted “deep personal embarrassment” after failing to declare two luxury holidays paid for by the Sri Lankan government.

Choking with emotion at times, Mr Paisley said he had made a “genuine mistake”.

The North Antrim MP is facing calls to stand down from Westminster over the controversy.

He has made it clear privately that he has no intention of doing so.

However, the decision could be taken out of his hands.

A parliamentary watchdog has recommended that he be suspended from the Commons for 30 days, and the controversy also has the potential to trigger a by-election.


The MP faces a 30-day suspension after he failed to declare the details of two family holidays in 2013 paid for by the Sri Lankan government.

Any suspension would deprive Prime Minister Theresa May of a vote on key Brexit issues.

The claims first appeared in the Daily Telegraph in September 2017.’