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Ian Paisley listed as 'Independent' MP on Parliament website

 Ian Paisley is facing a possible by-election in North Antrim
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Ian Paisley's party affiliation has been changed on the British Parliament website from being a member of the DUP to 'Independent'.

The North Antrim MP is set to serve a 30-day suspension from the House of Commons after he failed to declare two free luxury family holidays to Sri Lanka.

Mr Paisley has also been suspended from the DUP pending the outcome of a further investigation.

A spokeswoman for the House of Commons said the change in his status on their wesbite was standard procedure.

She said: "If an MP is suspended by their party, they are classed as an independent MP."

A DUP spokesman said: "The party officers suspended Ian Paisley from membership of the party pending further investigation into his conduct. Issues relating to the House of Commons website are a matter for the Parliamentary authorities." 

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