UK MP Ian Paisley Jr. accepted two all-expenses-paid trips from SL govt: Media Reports

UK MP Ian Paisley Jr. accepted two all-expenses-paid trips from SL govt: Media Reports

Written by Keshala Dias

08 Sep, 2017 | 9:57 pm

UK media reports today that UK MP Ian Paisley Jr. of the Democratic Unionist Party accepted two all-expenses-paid trips from the Sri Lankan government in 2013.

A newspaper report states that Ian Paisley Jr, his wife and four children flew business class, stayed in the finest hotels and were provided with chauffeur-driven vehicles, all paid for by the Sri Lankan government.

It estimated the total worth of the trips were about £100,000, approximately Rs. 20 million.

Paisley later tweeted an image of a letter from his solicitor, Paul Tweed, refuting the allegations and saying that Paisley Jr. had referred the matter, and a full explanation to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.

Earlier this week, Ian Paisley Jr. met with Amari Wijewardene, the Sri Lankan High Commissioner, in Parliament, to discuss a post-brexit trade deal.

During discussions with officials, he offered to help the state broker an oil deal, saying he had “significant arrangements with national oil suppliers in Oman and Nigeria.

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