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Revealed: Northern Ireland MPs' financial interests published

The House of Commons has published the latest financial register of interests.

MPs are required to declare any financial interest which "others might reasonably consider to influence his or her actions or words as a member of Parliament".

Many of the 650 MPs have declared various items such as tickets to Wimbledon, Royal Ascot and Glastonbury. Prime Minister Theresa May declared a discount card for shoe shop Russell & Bromley.

The latest publication shows Northern Ireland MPs declared:

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DUP MP Gregory Campbell

East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell employs his wife, Frances Campbell, as his part-time Secretary.

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Nigel Dodds

Nigel Dodds declared land and property either valued over £100,000 or giving a rental income of over £10,000 a year, namely his North Belfast constituency office

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Sir Jeffrey Donaldson

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson declared he employs his wife Eleanor as a secretary.

He also declared that until January 2017 he was chair and director of Causeway Institute for Peace-building and Conflict Resolution (CIPBCR Ltd); a private company limited by guarantee and operating on a not-for-profit basis, to promote and share the Northern Ireland experience of peace-building and conflict resolution in the UK and overseas. "The position required my involvement for approximately 5-8 hours per week and was non-salaried although some expenses were met for participation in projects," he said

Director, Centre for Democracy and Peace Building; a company limited by guarantee, based in Northern Ireland. This position is currently unremunerated.

Since January 2014, Chair of the Advisory Board for the Causeway Institute (CIPCRI Ltd); a sister company to Causeway Institute for Peace-building and Conflict Resolution and also a private company limited by guarantee, operating on a not-for-profit basis, to promote and share the Northern Ireland experience of peace-building and conflict resolution in the UK and overseas. This is an unremunerated position requiring not more than 2-4 hours per month, he declared.

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Michelle Gildernew

Fermanagh and South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew declared her final payment of £1,265.56 as a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly before her successful election to Parliament. However, as a Sinn Fein MP she does not take her seat in the Commons.

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Paul Girvan

Newly elected South Antrim MP Paul Girvan received £1,268.27 from Northern Ireland Assembly as his final payment before taking his seat on the green benches.

He also declared land and property valued over £100,000 or giving a rental income of over £10,000 a year. Those being four houses in Belfast, Larne, Newtownabbey and Ballyclare owned jointly with his wife.

He also declared an unpaid directorship with charity organisation Ballyclare Community Concern.

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Chris Hazzard

Sinn Fein South Down MP Chris Hazzard declared his final Assembly earnings of  £1,188.89.

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Gavin Robinson

East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson declared a number of payments for completing surveys for market research company ComRes. All the payments were donated to charity or local causes, he declared.

They were four separate surveys costing either £75 or £100 conducted in January, April, May and July of 2016. All lasted 15 minutes.  

He also declared being an unpaid board member of iESE, a company sharing and selling efficiency methods to local government. And being an unremunerated board member of Craigavon House Preservation Trust, seeking to restore and preserve historic buildings.

Mr Robinson also employs his father John Robinson as a part-time office manager.

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Elisha McCallion

New Foyle MP Elisha McCallion also declared her final Assembly payment of £1,236.67.

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Barry McElduff

As too did New West Tyrone MP Barry McElduff. He received a final payment of £1,261.11 from the Assembly.

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Ian Paisley

North Antrim MP Ian Paisley declared a visit outside the UK.

He travelled to the US for meetings with American politicians on the "protection of the unborn child" in March 2017. He flew economy and stayed for four nights. The trip, estimated to cost around £2,000 was paid for by Family and Life for Public Policy

He also declared an unpaid position as chair of the charitable trust established by JTI/Gallaher to support job creation and skills development in Ballymena.

The DUP politician also revealed he employs wife Fiona as part time Administrative Assistant.

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Emma Little Pengelly

New South Belfast MP Emma Little Pengelly declared a 15% stakes in Quibric, a peace-building company founded by DUP MPs Sir Jeffrey Donaldson and Ian Paisley and CIPCR, the Causeway Institute for Peace-building and Conflict Resolution. She also declared being an unpaid director of CIPCR. She also declared being an non-practising barrister.

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Jim Shannon

Strangford MP Jim Shannon declared hotel accommodation worth £542 while staying in Milwaukee in August last year. He said he was speaking in the capacity as an MP from Northern Ireland at an event in the United States with cultural and historical links to Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The donor was listed as Irish Festivals Inc.

Mr Shannon also declared land and property valued over £100,000 or giving a rental income of over £10,000 a year. Those being 40 acres of land and a farm at Ballygarvin and a part share in a holiday home in the USA.

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David Simpson

DUP Upper Bann MP David Simpson declared employment and earnings with the Universal Meat Company. He said he acted in an advisory role dealing with banks and "until further notice" will receive a quarterly payment of £3,000, working 36 hours per quarter.

He also declared land and property valued over £100,000 or giving a rental income of over £10,000 a year. That being farmlands in Portadown and Dungannon.

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Sammy Wilson

East Antrim MP claimed numerous payments for taking part in surveys for ComRes and YouGov. All the payments were donated to charity, he said.

Between January 2016 and December 2016 the DUP MP took part in 17 surveys all lasting around 15 minutes. He was paid £1,110, for his participation.

Sinn Fein MPs Mickey Brady, Paul Maskey and Francie Molloy along with North Down MP Lady Sylvia Hermon all declared "nil" interests.

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