Ian Paisley, who followed his father into politics, failed to declare family holidays worth £50,000 paid for by the Sri Lankan government.
A petition opens today which could result in the Democratic Unionist MP Ian Paisley losing his seat. The recall petition, the first in parliamentary history, was triggered last month when MPs voted to suspend the politician for 30 days after he failed to declare two luxury holidays paid for by the Sri Lankan government. If 10 per cent of the electorate in his constituency of North Antrim back the petition, a by-election will be held.
Mr Paisley’s suspension is due to begin in September and is the longest faced by a member since the 1940s. He was found guilty of serious misconduct after failing to declare £50,000 of family holidays and then lobbying ministers to prevent an international inquiry into Sri Lanka’s human rights violations.