DUP and Tories agree government deal

By Sam Cooper | 26/06/2017

DUP and Tories agree government deal
The Palace of Westminster

THE CONSERVATIVES have reached an agreement with the Democratic Unionist Party, which will see them support Theresa May’s minority government.

The deal comes after two weeks of talks between the parties since the snap general election resulted in a hung Parliament.

The DUP’s 10 MPs will back the Tories in key Commons votes, starting with the Queen’s Speech later this week, but there will be no formal coalition.

Mrs May shook hands with DUP leader Arlene Foster as she and other senior party figures arrived at Downing Street on Monday to finalise the pact.

The two leaders then watched as Conservative chief whip Gavin Williamson and his DUP counterpart Jeffrey Donaldson signed the documents in No 10.

Under the so-called “confidence and supply” arrangement, the DUP will line up behind the government in key votes, which would threaten the government’s survival if they were lost.

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