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Commissioner launches inquiry into Paisley Sri Lankan claims

Thursday, 21 September 2017

THE Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, Kathryn Hudson, has launched an investigation into allegations North Antrim DUP MP, Ian Paisley, failed to declare 100,000 worth of hospitality from the Sri Lankan government.
Mr Paisley reported himself to the Commissioner last week after the Daily Telegraph published a story that he and his family had taken two luxury holidays in Sri Lanka in 2013.
Ms. Hudson confirmed last Thursday that the formal inquiry is now underway and notice of its scope appears on the Commissioner's website.
The inquiry into Mr Paisley relates to whether or not he has broken Clause 13 of the MPs' Code of Conduct which states: "Members shall fulfil conscientiously the requirements of the House in respect of the registration of interests in the Register of Members' Financial Interests.
“They shall always be open and frank in drawing attention to any relevant interest in any proceeding of the House or its Committees, and in any communications with Ministers, Members, public officials or public office holders."
*Full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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