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Paisley needs to cut bluster and offer transparency to people of North Antrim - Swann

Ulster Unionist Party Leader Robin Swann has said that Ian Paisley needs to provide openness and transparency to the people of North Antrim over allegations about a trip to the Maldives made in a Spotlight programme.

Robin Swann MLA said:

“There is an onus on Mr Paisley to cut the bluster and offer openness and transparency to the people of North Antrim.  The allegations raised by Spotlight are extremely serious and deserve a credible response from Ian Paisley and the DUP.

“The DUP also need to be open about when they learned of these allegations and what they know.  They cannot simply hide behind a statement saying they will investigate.  This is yet another stain on North Antrim and the reputation of politics in Northern Ireland. 

“The Commissioner for Standards must launch an investigation urgently.  These allegations coming off the back of her ruling on Mr Paisley’s failure to declare a trip to Sri Lanka make it all the more important that she steps in now.” 

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