Published: Sun, June 11, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

DUP agrees to principles of 'confidence and supply' deal with Tories


The former Ulster Unionist, who left the party prior to the 2010 general election, won nearly half (49.2%) of votes cast in 2015, but Mr Easton capitalised on a surge in unionist support and a higher turnout to eat into her majority. By winning 12 additional seats in Scotland, Ruth Davidson played a significant part in helping Theresa May to stay in Downing Street.

In more recent times, former first minister Peter Robinson's wife Iris, then an MP, described homosexuality as an "abomination", while the MP son of Dr Paisley, Ian Paisley Jr, said he felt "repulsed" by homosexual acts. The party won 262 seats in the election - up by 30 from 2015.

Regarding the overall election campaign, Mr Hay said: "I think if you look at where the Conservatives started from, and where they are tonight, this has been disastrous".

Ms May needs to shore up her position in parliament because the Queen's speech setting out the British government's programme is due on June 19th, with a highly significant vote on its content expected after a few days' debate.

Ms Davidson clearly plans to use her new-found influence to try to affect the Brexit negotiations as well, suggesting that she believes the United Kingdom should try to remain in the European Union single market.

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There is also unease within the Conservatives about the link-up with the DUP, which strongly opposes same-sex marriage and abortion. Talks between her party and the DUP progressed on Saturday after Tory Chief Whip Gavin Williamson was sent to Belfast to negotiate a deal.

The republican party's leader at Stormont, Michelle O'Neill, predicted the deal between the Tories and the DUP would "end in tears".

Ms May is working on a cabinet reshuffle, which is expected to be limited as the election result means she can not afford to have disgruntled former ministers sniping at her from the backbenches.

Northern Ireland is the only part of the U.K.in which same-sex marriage is illegal.

In her statement Ms Hill said: "I have no doubt at all that Theresa May will continue to serve and work hard as Prime Minister and do it brilliantly".

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"I could not care less what people get up to in terms of their sexuality, that's not a matter for me, when it becomes a matter for me is when people try to redefine marriage".

"I didn't know who the DUP were, I had to Google them, as many people no doubt in this country would have had to Google them".

While always striving for the "best deal" for Northern Ireland and its people, Foster said her party would always have the best interests of the United Kingdom at heart.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, riding a wave of acclaim for his party's unexpectedly strong showing, called on May to resign.

There had been speculation Mr Hammond, the Chancellor, would be vulnerable in a post-election re-shuffle and the decision to leave him in the Treasury was being seen as a sign of her weakness after her Commons majority was wiped out.

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She seems secure for the immediate future, because senior Conservatives don't want to plunge the party into a damaging leadership contest. "May fights to remain PM", said the front page of the Daily Telegraph, while the Times of London said: "May stares into the abyss".

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