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Wednesday , 23 August 2017
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Conservative pact with DUP to support MAY

In a little reprieve to the UK Prime Minister May, The Conservatives have reached an agreement with the Democratic Unionists which will see them support Theresa May’s minority government.

It comes after two weeks of talks in the wake of the shock hung parliament that left May without a working majority.

The DUP has claimed the UK government has agreed to improve the treatment of military veterans in Northern Ireland as part of the agreement but played down reports that it had sought £2bn in extra funding for Northern Ireland in return for their support.

The DUP, whose far-right leanings have come under heavy criticism, will back the Tories in key votes in the House of Commons, but there will be no formal coalition.

The DUP’s 10 MPs will back the Tories in key Commons votes, starting with the Queen’s Speech later this week.

Theresa May fell nine seats short of an overall majority after the snap election, meaning she is reliant on other parties to pass legislation, including relating to the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

May shook DUP leader Arlene Foster’s hands outside Downing Street today to make the pact official.

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