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DUP's Ian Paisley 'totally denies' £100k Sri Lankan holiday claims

Ian Paisley "totally denies defamatory inferences" in a newspaper report alleging he failed to declare £100,000 in hospitality from the Sri Lankan government, his solicitor confirmed today.

Libel lawyer Paul Tweed said the North Antrim MP has provided a full explanation to a parliamentary watchdog. The Daily Telegraph claims Mr Paisley accepted two all-expenses paid holidays to the Indian Ocean island in 2013.

It alleged that he has met with Sri Lankan officials to discuss possible post-Bexit trade deals with the United Kingdom. The Democratic Unionist Party representative took to social media to declare the article "devoid of fact or logic".

He also announced intentions to refer himself to the Parliamentary Commissoner for Standards and to consult his lawyer.

Mr Tweed has now issued a statement on behalf of the politician.

The lawyer said: "My client totally denies the defamatory inferences arising from the article in today's Daily Telegraph, including those relating to his registration obligations as an MP.

"He has now referred this matter, and a full explanation, to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards."

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