Petition opened on Wednesday morning which could see Ian Paisley removed as North Antrim MP

Ian Paisley
Ian Paisley pictured on election night in Ballymena last year.

Three venues opened in North Antrim at 9am today, Wednesday, August 8, for members of the electorate who wish to sign a petition which could force the removal of Ian Paisley as MP.

The Electoral Office for Northern Ireland posted the following message on their website, last week, titled ‘Public Notice of Petition to Remove the MP for North Antrim, Ian Paisley’.

It said the petition signing period is from 9am Wednesday 8 August 2018 to 5pm Wednesday 19 September 2018

The message continued: “There will be a petition to decide whether Ian Paisley, the MP for North Antrim should lose his seat as an MP and a by-election held to decide who would be the MP for that constituency.

“The petition has been started because Ian Paisley MP has been suspended from
sitting in the House of Commons for thirty days for breaching the code of conduct
for MPs.

“The designated petition signing places are located at:
Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre, 33 Garryduff Road, Ballymoney, BT53 7DB
Seven Towers Leisure Centre, 74 Trostan Avenue, Ballymena, BT43 7BL
Sheksburn House Recreation Centre, 7 Mary Street, Ballycastle, BT54 6QH

“These will be open for signing Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, as well as on 6 and 13
September 2018 to 9pm.

“A person is eligible to sign the petition if they are a registered parliamentary elector
for the constituency, aged 18 or over (or the date of their 18th birthday is before the
end of the signing period) and the person would be entitled to vote as an elector at
a parliamentary election in the constituency.

“You can apply to sign by post or proxy. Applications can be downloaded from our
General Enquiries: 028 9044 6600
Virginia McVea (Petition Officer), Electoral Office NI, St Anne’s House,
15 Church Street, Belfast, BT1 1ER
Date 03/08/2018”

Thousands of letters were also sent out to voters.

Mr Paisley was re-elected at the North Antrim election count at the Seven Towers Leisure Centre last year.

If at least ten per cent of the electorate – 7,543 – sign the petition, the DUP MP will lose his seat and a by-election will be held.

Mr Paisley could then stand for re-election if he and his party so wished.


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