Commenting on the £1billion confidence and supply deal just agreed between the Conservatives and the DUP, Ross Shipman, Parliamentary Spokesperson for Bolsover said:
“Just when Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t need to use his magic money tree; another one sprouts up in the garden of 10 Downing Street as May buys DUP support with £1 billion for public services in Northern Ireland.”
“We are told we can’t afford to lift the cap on public sector pay rises and all of a sudden we can afford this £1 billion from nowhere.”
“Thousands of people in Bolsover voted Conservative at this election as an alternative to Labour’s socialist agenda; now we’ve got a Conservative government held together by the DUP [Democratic Unionist Party] who want to cut corporation tax from 19% to 12.5% and who are opposed to abortion.”
“The Country deserves better than a bodged deal between the DUP and Tories – the Conservatives should look across the chamber and work will all parties to get us through these difficult times as we leave the European Union; so a deal can be hammered out in the best interests of the country.”
Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron said:
“The public will not be DUPed by this shoddy little deal. The nasty party is back, propped up by the DUP.
“While our schools are crumbling and our NHS is in crisis, Theresa May chooses to throw cash at ten MPs in a grubby attempt to keep her Cabinet squatting in No 10.
“It would be better for the people of Northern Ireland for the DUP to buckle down and focus on the talks process to restore devolved Executive at Stormont, to bring the political stability that is needed for inward investment and growth, rather than demanding cash injections from the Treasury.
“Theresa May must make all the details of this agreement public immediately, so we can judge for ourselves if she is acting in the best interests of the country or of her own party.”