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DUP MP Ian Paisley begins 30-day suspension over freebie luxury holiday

North Antrim MP Ian Paisley has begun his 30-day suspension from the House of Commons.

He was suspended after failing to declare two luxury family holidays paid for by the Sri Lankan government.

He was also found to have breached rules on paid advocacy after lobbying then Prime Minister David Cameron on a UN resolution concerning human rights abuses in Sri Lanka.

Mr Paisley has also been suspended by the DUP pending an internal investigation and faces a petition of recall.

If 7,543 people sign the recall petition, 10% of the electorate, then a by-election will be held.

The petition, which is due to run until September 19, is the first of its kind in UK parliamentary history.

There has been speculation that Mr Paisley could resign from his seat to force an early by-election which would allow him to present for key Brexit votes, but this has been denied by sources close to the Paisley camp.

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