Published: Fri, June 30, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Theresa May announces pact with Northern Ireland's conservative DUP

Theresa May announces pact with Northern Ireland's conservative DUP

As part of the deal, Northern Ireland will receive £1.5bn funding to be spent on infrastructure, health and education over the next two years.

"The only thing Thurrock residents will get from this deal is the bill".

Discussions between the two began immediately after the election and centred on a "confidence and supply" deal in which the DUP would support the government in any confidence votes and to pass budgets. The Daily Mirror certainly owes us an answer to that question and an answer as to why it adopts such as two-faced approach to Northern Ireland.

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Broadcasters aired footage of Conservative chief whip Gavin Williamson and the DUP's Jeffrey Donaldson signing the accord and shaking hands. He argued that in terms of Government spending on the whole, £1 billion was "a drop in a drop in the ocean".

The public will not be DUPed by this shoddy little deal.

Ms Sturgeon said: "In concluding this grubby, shameless deal, the Tories have shown that they will stop at nothing to hold on to power - even sacrificing the very basic principles of devolution".

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The SNP's Alison Thewliss noted it was a "slightly odd position" that the Northern Ireland MPs can be viewed as dearer than the Real Madrid forward. It opposes the right to abortion, which was legalized in England, Scotland and Wales in 1967. I think in the issues they have raised they are doing what any MP would want to do to fight for their constituents.

Mrs Martlew said it wasn't a negotiation but rather a desperate cling onto power. "I note that the agreement provides DUP support for British government legislation on Brexit", Coveney said in a statement.

Mundell had claimed he "won't support funding which is deliberately sought to subvert the Barnett rules".

John O'Doherty, director of the Belfast-based Rainbow Project, which helps young LGBT people, told HuffPost UK that the DUP's deal may actually help bring about equal marriage in the state.

Coveney said a functioning Executive and Assembly is in the best interests of the people of Northern Ireland.

It is meant to last through the term of this Parliament, until 2022, and May hopes it will help her get her Brexit plans through safely.

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