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Ian Paisley receives driving without insurance fine

Published 10/03/2016

Ian Paisley was given six penalty points
Ian Paisley was given six penalty points

North Antrim MP Ian Paisley has been fined £250 by a court for driving without insurance.

The Democratic Unionist, 49, pleaded guilty to driving his car without insurance in Northern Ireland on February 18 last year.

He was stopped on the Laganbank Road, Lisburn, near Belfast.

The senior unionist was given six penalty points during a hearing at Lisburn Magistrates' Court, according to a courts statement.

A spokesman for Mr Paisley said: "Ian has been driving since he was 17 and has always had car insurance until a completely accidental oversight on his part at the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015.

"He was changing cars and hadn't realised his insurance had expired. Some may appreciate that his mind was elsewhere at the time, given family circumstances."

Mr Paisley's father Ian, DUP founder and his predecessor as MP, died in September 2014.

The spokesman added: "Ian never disputed this was a mistake on his part and accepted without question the points on his licence."

He is an active member of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee at Westminster.

The former junior minister in the Stormont powersharing Executive has been a member of the Policing Board which scrutinises police in Northern Ireland.

He was first elected to Parliament in 2010.

The MP's House of Commons credit card was blocked recently after he ran up expenses debts.

He was £27,766 in the red when his card was stopped last November, and the deficit was £20,337 by last month, a Press Association Freedom of Information request revealed.

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