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Paisley blasts 'massacre' of North Antrim constituency

By Noel McAdam

Published 07/10/2016

Proposal: Ian Paisley
Proposal: Ian Paisley

Plans for a revamp of parliamentary constituencies in Northern Ireland "make no sense whatsoever", an MP has said.

The first public hearing into the proposals by the Boundary Commission heard North Antrim MP Ian Paisley claim they had introduced "chaos" into the political system.

The independent group reviewing the Commission blueprint held their first meeting in Ballymena where much of the focus was on splitting North Antrim into two new areas - Dalriada and West Antrim.

"I could not for the life of me understand the massacre of North Antrim into two constituences," the DUP man said.

"I mean West Antrim? Why would it even be called that when it cuts Bannside in half, taking in the villages Cullybackey and Portglenone, even though they are part of the Ballymena district council area, and leaving other villages with Ballymena?

"It just makes no sense whatsover," he told the hearing at the Tullyglass Hotel, Ballymena.

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