DUP Alderman John Finlay, Chairman of North Antrim Democratic Unionist Association, has expressed his full confidence in North Antrim MP Ian Paisley, and has called on his accusers to ‘put up or shut up’.Alderman Finlay said,
“As Chairman of North Antrim Democratic Unionist Association I want to place on public record my full confidence in the Member of Parliament for North Antrim, Ian Paisley. Ian is an excellent public representative who works tirelessly both within the constituency and in Parliament.
Once again, he has come under the media and political spotlight as a result of the latest Spotlight documentary produced by the Biased Broadcasting Corporation, and the usual suspects are lining up to condemn him. Surely under basic rules of justice, a person is deemed to be innocent until proven guilty. If the BBC, or any of the others who are now criticising him, have any hard evidence, let them present it to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. It is time for them to put up or shut up.
It is worth remembering that no tax payers money is involved in anything that Ian Paisley is alleged to have done. However, as a BBC licence payer, I would be interested to know how much it has cost to send a journalist and her team to the Maldives to produce this latest documentary.
Sinn Fein have, of course, been quick to attack Ian Paisley, but I note from today’s News Letter (27 June) that they have serious questions to answer about how their MPs have registered overseas trips. A case of the pot calling the kettle black?”