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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Ian Paisley MP investigated by Electoral Commission over constituency dinner ‘donation’.
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The Electoral Commission are to investigate the North Antrim MP Ian Paisley over money which was paid by Mid & East Antrim council to sponsor a table as part of the MP’s constituency dinner at the Tullyglass hotel, Ballymena in 2017.

The sponsorship of the table cost £1500 and this will be what the commission will focus on. As a council and under Electoral Commission rules a council can not make such a donation as they are not considered a ‘permissible donor’. As such the money paid could have to be returned.

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Mr Paisley speaking at the time said that the money wasn’t paid to the DUP but instead the hotel received the money directly.

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Mr Paisley has since issued the following regards the investigation.

“I can confirm that the Electoral Commission is continuing its investigation into Mid and East Antrim purchase of a table at my constituency dinner last year. I look forward to them concluding this matter soon,”

Also speaking about the investigation, a spokesperson for Mid & East Antrim council said,

“Council made payment to the Tullyglass Hotel via electronic payment. No money was exchanged between Council and the DUP. Council will fully co-operate with any investigation”

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