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Theresa May Makes Deal With Northern Ireland Democratic Party

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The DUP leader Arlene Foster and Prime Minister Theresa May meet in Downing Street as they hope to finalise their deal to form a propped up minority government on June 26, 2017. (Rex Features via AP Images)

By    |   Monday, 26 Jun 2017 12:37 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May reached an agreement Monday with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party whereby the tiny party will support her Conservative Party.

The talks between the two parties happened after the country's snap election in which May's party fell eight seats short of the 326 majority, noted the BBC News. A deal with the 10-seat Democratic Unionist Party would give May the majority she needs to control Parliament.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn complained that the new deal was "clearly not in the national interest."

Nigel Dodds, the Democratic Unionist Party Parliament member, charged the Labour Party with "hypocrisy of the highest order," claiming that it discussed with the DUP possible deals in 2010 and 2015, reported The Guardian.

The deal includes $1.9 billion in funding to Northern Ireland, including $1.2 billion of new money, for infrastructure, health, and education there for the next two years, the BBC News said.

Arlene Foster, the Democratic Unionist Party leader, said that the funds were needed in Northern Ireland. The deal also included a military covenant that will focus on the treatment of military veterans there, reported the BBC News.

"The agreement makes clear that we remain steadfast to our commitments as set out in the Belfast Agreement and its successors, and in governing in the interests of all parts of the community in Northern Ireland," May said, according to The Telegraph.

"I welcome this agreement which will enable us to work together in the interest of the whole United Kingdom, give us the certainty we require as we embark on our departure from the European Union, and help us build a stronger and fairer society at home. In the interests of transparency, the full terms of this agreement have been published," she continued.

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's first minister, called such a financial arrangement between the Conservatives and the DUP "the worst kind of pork barrel politics," wrote The Guardian.

"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," Sturgeon said, according to The Guardian.

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