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Ian Paisley's political affiliation listed as 'Sinn Féin' on Wikipedia

Ian Paisley after he retained his North Antrim seat in last year's general election. Picture by Matt Bohill, Pacemaker

IAN Paisley's political affiliation has been changed to Sinn Féin on online encyclopedia Wikipedia.

The site listed the 51-year-old's political party as the DUP from "birth-2018".

Sinn Féin was listed as the North Antrim MP's other political affiliation from 2018 to the present.

Mr Paisley is a son of DUP founder, the late Ian Paisley snr, who frequently vowed to "smash Sinn Féin".

Users spotted the change this afternoon after Mr Paisley was marked as an independent on the British Parliament website.

 Ian Paisley's unusual Wikipedia entry

The veteran politician 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.

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

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

Wikipedia is compiled by volunteer contributors and editors around the world.

Ian Paisley has been suspended from Westminster for 30 sitting days for not registering two holidays as a guest of the Sri Lankan government

Earlier this week, a former Sinn Féin councillor has insisted he will not sign a petition to unseat Mr Paisley.

Paul Maguire, an independent councillor for Mid and East Antrim, said while he was "an Irish republican and poles apart from Mr Paisley politically", he hugely respected the MP's work for North Antrim.

Voters in North Antrim can soon sign a petition to trigger a by-election.

If 7,500 signatures are gathered within a six-week period, Mr Paisley will have to fight to retain his seat.

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