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8 September 2017 04:25 pm - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


British MP Ian Paisley has rejected allegations levelled against him and said he did not declare £100,000 in hospitality from the Sri Lankan government, the BBC reported on Friday.

A newspaper report earlier said the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) MP and his family took two all-expenses-paid holidays to Sri Lanka in 2013.

The Daily Telegraph said he recently met Sri Lankan officials to discuss the possibility of post-Brexit trade deals with Sri Lanka.

But the MP said the report was "devoid of fact or logic" and "defamatory".

In response to the Sri Lankan holiday claims, a DUP spokesman said: "Ian Paisley MP will rightly refer himself to the [Parliamentary] Commissioner for Standards. "We await the outcome of that investigation."

The newspaper reported that the Paisely family flew business-class to Sri Lanka and stayed in luxurious hotels.

It estimated the total worth of the trips at about £100,000 and claimed the cost and expenses were paid for by the Sri Lankan government.

Mr. Paisley this week tweeted a picture of himself meeting the Sri Lankan High Commissioner Amari Wijewardene "to discuss NI-Sri Lanka trade deal after Brexit".

Two days later he tweeted a picture of himself with International Trade Secretary Liam Fox "discussing our trade agreements post-Brexit".

The 50-year-old MP is the son of the late Ian Paisley, founder and former leader of the DUP, now the largest political party in Northern Ireland.

  Comments - 6

  • Mason Friday, 08 September 2017 06:29 PM

    This is strange news to Sri Lankan ears. Why did MR regime invite the UK MP and family, and paid their expenses. What did the Country gain by their visit ?

    Selva Friday, 08 September 2017 06:31 PM

    How dare our corrupt politicians pay our money in thousands to a white politician? Most our politicians never studied or lived in the West,so they still worship the PERVERTED WHITE MEN who are all corrupt to the core.

    sam Friday, 08 September 2017 07:40 PM

    Don't be a racist. White politicians are not any worse than our local brown politicians. Haven't you noticed our own people have been worshipping our own home grown criminal politicians all the time? So what is the big deal now?

    Haran Friday, 08 September 2017 09:10 PM

    I have been studying in the West for the last four years,the whites have no family values and no decency.

    Gajan Friday, 08 September 2017 09:13 PM

    Sam,you don't understand the White Man.

    Hari M Friday, 08 September 2017 08:04 PM

    Same as what MR and Gota did for PR firm Bell Pottinger, paying them handsomely to white wash the governments image after the war. The same company is in nearing collapse after playing racial politics during South African election campaign. The stupidity of our governments are milked by these companies to line their pockets while the citizens suffer in dire poverty.

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