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1/"Ian Paisley apologises at supporters' meeting"… "Mimicking the actions of the Conservative MP Boris Johnson, a number of Mr Paisley's supporters served tea & biscuits to the waiting media."Does that seem like taking the piss' to you? #JustSaying #Brexit
2/ "The North Antrim MP could face a by-election if 10% of his constituents sign a petition. A recall ballot, where voters can sign a petition calling for a by-election, has been opened.The recall petition is the first in UK parliamentary history." #Brexit #Northernireland #Derry
3/ "In politics they say when you are explaining you are often losing the argument. In recent weeks Ian Paisley has been doing a lot of explaining.
This meeting was organised by supporters of Ian Paisley so the suspended MP was speaking to a very receptive audience. He was in
4/ the company of people who had canvassed and campaigned for him and people who will clearly support him again. The specially invited crowd included local councillors, party officers and students. The audience included members of his family." #Belfast #Edinburgh #Glasgow #Dublin
5/ #ianpaisley #Recallballot #Paisley "Recall #ballot: Venues in Ballymena, Ballymoney & Ballycastle have been opened where #voters can sign a #petition calling for a by-election. According to the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland (EONI), the number of people entitled to sign
6/ the petition - or eligible registered voters - is 75,478.
The Recall of MPs Act 2015 requires a petition to be signed by 10% of that number in order to trigger a by-election.
The number of signatures required would have been 7,547, but last week the Electoral Office said the
7/ figure was 7,543 - due to a "sweep" of the register removing deceased voters and others who were not eligible.If that number of signatures are gathered, Mr Paisley would be forced to resign and a by-election would be called - an election Mr Paisley has said he would fight."
8/ #ianpaisleymustresign "MPs who are convicted of a criminal offence and jailed, convicted of providing false information on allowance claims or barred from the House of Commons for 10 sitting days or longer can lose their seat if there is a successful petition to recall them."
9/ #ianpaisley #derry "The petition is open for signing for six weeks from 8 August to 19 September from 09:00-17:00 BST, Monday to Friday.
Opening hours at the designated centres will be extended to 21:00 on 6 and 13 September." #Brexit #DUP #Northernireland #RecallBallot #Sign
10/ "Anyone wanting to sign it must live in the North Antrim constituency and be 18 years old, or have their 18th birthday before the end of the signing period on 19 September.
But just like in any normal election, anyone wanting to sign it must also be registered to vote in
11/ parliamentary elections. **Where can the petition be signed?**✍️
The Electoral Office selected three designated venues which are located at:
Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre, Ballymoney
Seven Towers Leisure Centre, Ballymena
Sheskburn House Recreation Centre, Ballycastle #Brexit
12/ #Antrim #NorthAntrim "Legislation allows for up to 10 locations for the #petition but the electoral office has opened three, a decision which drew criticism from some political parties. #Voters can also apply to #sign by post or proxy. Applications for those must be returned
13/ to the Electoral Office **by 4 September.*
The chief electoral officer, Virginia McVea, said there had been a change in the law in relation to the postal application so anyone who chooses not to attend in person will be able to apply for the postal option🙂 & if their details
14/ are verified, can receive it within six weeks.
Applications can be downloaded at
There are two help lines for constituents who have queries about the process
They are 02890446600 and 02890446668 " 😎go on ye good thingye @Planet_Belfast @thelinenhall
15/🙂 Here's what it's all about #RecallBallot to sign ✍️ in the #NorthAntrim constituency #Northernireland #Ianpaisley…
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