Millionaire Arron Banks launched Ian Paisley’s election fundraiser. It didn’t go so well.

Arron Banks & Ian Paisley
Support us and go ad-free

Brexiteer and insurance tycoon Arron Banks tried to give DUP MP Ian Paisley’s election campaign a boost through his Leave.EU Twitter account. Paisley is the sitting MP for North Antrim and has been since 2010.

As Leave.EU has 279,000 followers on Twitter, Paisley might have expected a positive response. But sadly for Paisley, it spectacularly backfired. As soon as Leave.EU posted the announcement, people took to social media to express their disgust. They reminded the DUP and Paisley of their connections to corruption and terrorism.

Leave.EU and Arron Banks were also accused of breaking electoral law during the referendum. In February, Leave.EU was fined £120,000 for data breaches. This was in addition to fines of  £70,000 in 2018 for “breaches of election law”.

The announcement

On the morning of 6 November, the Leave.EU Twitter account called on people to support Paisley’s re-election campaign. And it did so by asking people to support his plan to raise £5,000:

Clearly a sensitive matter

And Paisley’s clearly sensitive about the fundraiser. An article in the News Letter (now changed) had stated that Arron Banks set up this fundraiser. But that was clearly not the case:








Not quite the reaction he’d hoped for

But surprisingly, as it was launched from a Brexiteer account, the response was anything but supportive:






















Another person sarcastically reminded people of the gifts Paisley received in the past:






Indeed, as The Canary reported, trips to the Maldives weren’t the only gifts Paisley received. There was also the serious matter of undeclared holidays paid for by the Sri Lankan government. As a result, Paisley became the first MP in the UK to face a recall petition. Had this petition been successful, he would have had to fight a by-election to keep his Westminster seat.

Links to terrorism

And corrupt presents from heads of state weren’t the only thing people noted about the Paisley and the DUP. Others reminded us of the DUP’s links to terrorism:




In addition to free holidays and gifts worth thousands of pounds, Paisley receives an MP’s salary of almost £80,000. He’s also sitting in one of the safest seats in the north. So it’s unclear exactly why he needs the support of a millionaire and the Leave.EU campaign. Particularly as they no longer agree on Brexit.

A match made in hell

Whatever the reason, Paisley and the DUP’s record make it clear that neither can be trusted in a position of power.

Featured image via YouTube – ITV News &  YouTube – DUP

Support us and go ad-free

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us