No recall in North Antrim for suspended DUP MP Ian Paisley…

So no recall for Ian Paisley. It was close enough (9.4% to the 10 per cent needed to trigger a byelection) but I suspect without the prospect of a clean candidate capable of attracting both nationalist and unionist voters, there was no prospect of anything but a re-election.

Ulster Unionist leader Robin Swann said it was clear there was no public appetite for a by-election…

I respect that outcome. However, I would caution Ian Paisley not to see this as some sort of victory or endorsement of his actions in acting as a paid advocate for a foreign government and bringing North Antrim and the House of Commons into disrepute.

“Rather I would urge him to use the time that he has been suspended from Parliament and the DUP, to reflect on the severity of what he has done and the embarrassment he has brought on Northern Ireland. He should demonstrate some humility.

Don’t hold your breath…