The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has agreed a deal to support Theresa May’s minority government.
Arlene Foster’s 10 DUP MPs will offer support to the Conservative Party, and allow them to pass legislation through the House of Commons, as, with the support of the DUP, the Conservative Party has an effective majority – 328 MPs.
The deal itself involves an investment of £1bn in Northern Ireland over the next two years, with:
£400m for Infrastrucutre
£150m for Broadband
£250m for Health
£50m for Education
£100m for Deprivation – deprived communities.
Other aspects of the deal include:
Devolving Corporation tax to Stormont
Further consultation of VAT and Air Passenger Duty tax
Agreement of “comprehensive and ambitious set” of city deals.
There will also be no change to the state pension triple lock.
Most MPs have criticised the deal, with Nicola Sturgeon – leader of the SNP – saying of the deal: “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,”
Jeremy Corbyn – leader of the opposition – has said of the deal: “This Tory-DUP deal has not been done in the national interest, but in the interest of Theresa May and the Conservatives’ own political survival.”