Paisley fury over 'defamatory' hols claim.
Byline: MICHAEL MCHUGH firstname.lastname@example.org
MP IAN Paisley has branded a report that he failed to declare free trips to Sri Lanka "defamatory".
Paisley, one of 10 DUP MPs propping up the Tory Government, said he had referred the matter with a "full explanation" to the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner.
The Daily Telegraph reported that he accepted two holidays to the Indian Ocean island in 2013 for him and his family.
A letter from Paisley's solicitor, Paul Tweed, said: "My client totally denies the defamatory inferences arising from the article, including those relating to his registration obligations as an MP. " Paisley, son of the DUP's founder, tweeted: "The article is defamatory. It is devoid of fact or logic. Referred to my lawyer."
This week, Paisley tweeted a picture of him meeting Sri Lankan High Commissioner Amari Wijewardene "to discuss NI-Sri Lanka trade deal after Brexit".
The Commons Code of Conduct states MPs must declare any visit to a destination outside the UK which "relates to their membership of the House or to their parliamentary or political activities" and which cost more than PS300, unless they have paid for it themselves or out of parliamentary or party funds.
Paisley's register entries include a trade mission to Sri Lanka in 2012 but there is no mention of the alleged trips in 2013.
DENIALS Ian Paisley