Written by Staff Writer
25 Jul, 2018 | 2:49 pm
COLOMBO (News 1st) -Members of the UK House of Commons have voted to suspend Democratic Unionists (DUP). MP Ian Paisley for 30 sitting days. It follows his failure to declare two family holidays paid for by the Sri Lankan Government.
He will be absent from Parliament for some key Brexit votes and has also been suspended by the DUP “pending further investigation into his conduct”. 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 that they had concluded Mr. Paisley was guilty of “serious misconduct and his actions were of a nature to bring the House of Commons into disrepute”.
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