Under The Spotlight Again


BBC Northern Ireland reports:

DUP MP Ian Paisley was given a complimentary holiday at a luxury Maldives resort months after advocating on behalf of its government.

BBC Spotlight obtained new evidence which suggested the visit was requested by the Maldivian government and facilitated by the resort owner, who had political links.

The programme examined whether the MP should have declared the trip in 2016.

He said he paid for part of the holiday and the rest was paid for by a friend.

The North Antrim MP did not reveal the identity of this friend. He said the friend was unconnected with his work and has received no benefit as a result of his work.

Paisley faces luxury Maldives holiday questions (BBC Northern Ireland)



Paisley faces luxury Maldives holiday questions (BBC Northern Ireland)

Previously: There Had Been Rumours

14 thoughts on “Under The Spotlight Again

  1. Eoin

    Ian paid for “part of the holiday”, as in, he gave a £1 tip to the limo driver for chauffeuring him around everywhere?

    The rest was paid for by a “friend”? What friend? Aren’t MPs supposed to declare gifts, even if they’re from “friends”? Of course, by claiming he paid “part” of the holiday, that leaves the possibility the part paid by the “friend” was below the threshold.

    Paisley should have been kicked out of the party and parliament six months ago.

  2. Spaghetti Hoop

    My sympathies lie with the resort-owner in thinking this gift was to someone with political clout and influence.
    Paisley is a busted flush.

  3. Sri Lanka Steve

    Is it not a bit rich for the BBC to send their NÍ correspondent out to the Maldives to report on it? Like they have correspondents everywhere. This just smacks of unnecessary travel to report on unnecessary travel.

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      Open up a chain of temples and invite Paisley to cut the ribbon with a Bible reading party on the beach.

    2. realPolithicks

      “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
      Mahatma Gandhi

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