Ian Paisley survives first ever Westminster recall attempt

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Democratic Unionist MP says electorate accepts his apology for lobbying scandal as petition falls just short of 10% threshold

Ian Paisley has thanked the voters of North Antrim for their “unwavering support” after Westminster’s first ever recall petition fell short of the threshold required to unseat him.

The MP hailed his family and “true friends” for sticking by him after he narrowly avoided a byelection.

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