Ian Paisley: The DUP MP as documented by Ian Knox

Since Ian Paisley followed his father into politics, Irish News cartoonist Ian Knox has documented the DUP man's career with wit, mixed with a little horror. Here are some of his top cartoons documenting Mr Paisley and his many scandals.

Ian Paisley as Luke Skywalker and Ian Paisley Snr as Yoda versus the 'dark side' of Peter Robinson as Darth Vader remains one of Ian Knox's most memorable cartoons

 January 24 2014: Ian Paisley is torn between DUP leader Peter Robinson and loyalty to his father

Property developer Seymour Sweeney's plans to build a visitors' centre at the Giant's Causeway threatened the site's world heritage status. Ian Paisley was forced to resign as a junior minister over his links to Mr Sweeney

October 6 2007: Ian Paisley and Ian Paisley Jnr reimagined as the Corleone family pulling rank over plans for a visitors' centre at the Giant's Causeway

 October 24 2007: Arlene Foster cautions Ian Paisley over his links to property developer Seymour Sweeney

 February 2008: Ian Paisley faced his first major crisis as First Minister when Ian Paisley Jnr resigned over his links to property developer Seymour Sweeney

 February 2008: Ian Paisley woefully compares his low-key resignation as junior minister to the crowds who cheered Cuban leader Fidel Castro after he stood down

Ian Paisley has faced a string of criticism, including over his views on homosexuality and cigarette advertising

 May 2007: Ian Paisley is criticised for his remarks on homosexuality

 March 3 2009: Ian Paisley clashes with then health minister Michael McGimpsey over plans to hide cigarette displays

September 2009: Then a member of the Policing Board, Ian Paisley is indirectly criticised by colleague Nigel Dodds for approving the secondment of a PSNI officer to train counterparts in Libya. Mr Dodds said whoever approved the move was "living on a different planet"

After Ian Paisley Snr resigned as DUP leader in 2008, the Paisley family's relationship with new leader Peter Robinson was further strained

July 28 2010: The Paisley family remain united over party enemy Peter Robinson

Ian Paisley remains one of Northern Ireland's most high-profile and controversial politicians

 June 15 2012: Ian Paisley gives advice to veteran Ulster Unionist Ken Maginnis who later left the party in a row over gay marriage

 September 14 2013: Ian Paisley prefers holidays abroad to lingering at loyalist protest site Camp Twaddell in north Belfast

Ian Paisley apologised, was suspended from the House of Commons and faced a by-election after he admitted to failing to declare two luxury family holidays paid for by the Sri Lankan government

July 20 2018: Ian Paisley apologises to parliament, party and constituents, but not to Sri Lankans, over a luxury holidays scandal

July 24 2018: Ian Paisley faces a by-election after he failed to declare two free family holidays paid for by the Sri Lankan government

July 25 2018: If 10% of North Antrim constituents sign a recall petition, Ian Paisley will have to fight a by-election

 July 27 2018: Ian Paisley's political rivals disagree over whether a possible by-election will be fought over Brexit or sleaze

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