Dickson asks Commissioner to investigate alleged comments

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has submitted a formal complaint after a DUP MLA was recorded making alleged sexist and ageist comments.

A microphone picked up the DUP’s Jim Wells MLA making comments, which can be viewed online, during an open session of the Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee on February 3.

East Antrim MLA Mr Dickson has written to the Assembly Commissioner for Standards Douglas Bain to see whether they represent a breach of the Assembly Code of conduct.

“The Code states members should promote equality of opportunity and not discriminate against any person regardless of anything. That would clearly not be the case if such comments as alleged were made,” he said.

“I have asked the Commissioner to investigate urgently whether the Assembly has been brought into disrepute. I look forward to his response and Mr Wells’ explanation of his alleged comments.”

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