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Assembly member faces Twitter probe

A Northern Ireland Assembly member is to be investigated over an offensive remark on Twitter about the birth of the royal baby.

Sinn Fein's Phil Flanagan will face an investigation by Stormont's standards watchdog after he retweeted a crude comment that could have been interpreted as sexually explicit.

Mr Flanagan, a representative for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, apologised in the wake of the incident, claiming he had "misconstrued the meaning" of the original tweet.

Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV) leader Jim Allister subsequently lodged a complaint with the Assembly's Commissioner for Standards Douglas Bain.

He alleged the Sinn Fein MLA's actions represented a breach of the Assembly's code of conduct.

Mr Bain has now written to Mr Allister confirming that his complaint "meets the admissibility criteria".

"Accordingly I have commenced my investigation," Mr Bain informed the TUV leader.

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