Steven Agnew MLA

Steven Agnew describes Ian Paisley Jr junket as more than a matter of personal embarrassment

Thursday 19 July 2018

While Ian Paisley Jr described the failure to declare his all expenses paid Sri Lankan junkets as a “personal embarrassment”, Steven Agnew, leader of the Green Party says it demonstrates a disconnect from his constituents and an attempt to snub parliamentary standards. 


Steven Agnew MLA said: “We’ve heard Ian Paisley Jr quibble over whether the all expenses paid holidays cost £50,000 or £100,000 and today he described the entire affair as a personal embarrassment.

“It extends beyond the embarrassment that Ian Paisley Jr may be feeling – it exposes an utter disconnect between the MP and his constituents. Most people will never get to experience anything like a £50,000 or £100,000 all expenses paid family holiday.

“I find it odd that Ian Paisley Jr would consider such an opportunity for him and his family and the subsequent lobbying for his benefactors as something that should go undeclared.

“Ian Paisley Jr’s job is to further the interests of all the people of North Antrim as their MP. We’ve seen the decline of manufacturing in the area and people have faced the stern realities of redundancy and unemployment”.

The North Down MLA concluded:

“The extremely strong Parliamentary Standards sanction shows the seriousness of Mr Paisley’s conduct. It’s right that the people of North Antrim should now decide whether Ian Paisley Jr should continue as their MP”.

ENDS

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