Published: Fri, June 30, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Tory deal with DUP includes infrastructure funding

Tory deal with DUP includes infrastructure funding

DUP leader Arlene Foster said outside Downing Street on Monday that she considers the deal one that is "good for the United Kingdom, for Northern Ireland and allows our nation to move forward", according to the BBC.

But the agreement has come under fire from critics, who have highlighted the DUP's traditionally socially conservative stance on issues such as gay marriage and abortion, and that the deal could undermine attempts to restore power-sharing government in Northern Ireland.

Jeremy Corbyn said: "This Tory-DUP deal is clearly not in the national interest but in May's party's interest to help her cling to power".

Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "In concluding this grubby, shameless deal, the Tories (Conservatives) have shown that they will stop at nothing to hold on to power - even sacrificing the very basic principles of devolution". In response, the UK Government will contribute £75 million each year for two years to help provide ultra-fast broadband for Northern Ireland.

Ian Blackford, leader of the Scottish National Party's 35 members of parliament, said Scotland should also get its "fair share" of funding and accused May of discovering a "magic money tree" after years of austerity cuts.

THE DUP has backed a deal to support the minority Conservative government.

Labour warned it would undermine trust in the United Kingdom government over Northern Ireland.

The support of the DUP will give the party an effective working majority of 13, as the other Northern Ireland party -Sinn Fein - do not take up their seven seats in Parliament and Speaker John Bercow and his three deputies - two of whom are Labour MPs - do not take part in votes.

"It sees us now in a situation where thanks to the pretty calamitous decisions of two Conservative prime ministers, we're in one hell of a mess", he told reporters.

May met DUP leader Arlene Foster and colleagues at her official residence in Downing Street, London, to finalize the pact.

The Conservative leader was subsequently forced to reach a deal with the far-right party to avoid a vote of no confidence, which would trigger another election. The DUP - the largest party in Northern Ireland - stands against same-sex marriage and opposes the lifting of a near-total ban on abortion now in place in Ireland.

Failure by the political parties in Northern Ireland to agree to setting up an executive by 4 p.m. Thursday could lead to rule of the region reverting to Westminster.

By contrast, the DUP's 10 MPs remain on the opposition benches and continue to receive "Short money" - the public funding provided to support opposition parties in their parliamentary work.

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