DUP - Confidence and supply arrangement

August 2017

The Conservative Party has had a strong relationship over many years with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). The Party is discussing finalising a confidence and supply deal. A confidence and supply agreement is one whereby DUP members will support the government on explicit confidence votes, and votes on budgets and supply (government spending).

This arrangement does not affect existing policy or legislation nor the values we cherish and hold dear as a Country. As Telford's Member of Parliament I would not support any arrangement that would compromise equal rights.

On the Northern Ireland peace process, Ministers are committed to re-establishing inclusive, devolved government in Northern Ireland. The approach and objectives as set out in The Conservative Party Northern Ireland manifesto remain unchanged, and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland continues to work to restore a Northern Ireland Executive as soon as possible.

Governing in the national interest will mean delivering a successful Brexit that works for the whole country. It means building on our economic record of more jobs, cutting the deficit and investing more in public services like the NHS. It means tackling the social issues we face in the country: issues like mental health, housing, and proper technical education for young people.