Long encourages people of North Antrim to make their voices heard

Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA has said the people of North Antrim have a few hours left to make their voices heard, before the recall petition against Ian Paisley closes.

The three locations across the constituency will close at 5pm today, with counting taking place from midnight. If 10 per cent of eligible electors sign it, a by-election against the suspended MP will be triggered.

“Ian Paisley let himself down but more importantly, he let the people of North Antrim down,” said Mrs Long.

“Local people have a chance in the next few hours to make their voices heard – to demand higher standards in politics and make clear their support for openness and transparency in politics.

“The DUP have chosen to remain silent about whether they intend to take against Ian Paisley. It is up to the people of North Antrim to ensure he is held fully to account for his actions.

“This is not simply about failing to declare paid-for Sri Lankan family holidays, which is a serious breach on its own. It is also about the fact he subsequently lobbied against the UK supporting a UN resolution on human rights abuses by that Government who paid for the holidays.

“By signing the petition, the people of North Antrim can demonstrate they not only deserve better, but they are demanding better from their elected representatives. That strong and clear message needs to be sent.”

The three venues, which will be open until 5pm today (Wednesday) are –

Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre, Ballymoney

Seven Towers Leisure Centre, Ballymena

Sheskburn House Recreation Centre, Ballycastle

Only voters registered in North Antrim are eligible.

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