Election 2017: DUP agrees ‘confidence’ deal with Tories

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Any agreement between Theresa May’s Conservatives and Arlene Foster’s Democratic Unionists would come into force when Parliament returns
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The Democratic Unionist Party has agreed in principle a “confidence and supply” deal to support a Conservative government, Downing Street has said.

Theresa May was left eight seats short of an overall majority in the general election, while the DUP won 10 seats.

Tory chief whip Gavin Williamson went to Belfast on Saturday for talks with the Northern Irish party.

The DUP said talks had been “positive” and would continue next week to “work on the details” and “reach agreement”.

No 10 said the outline deal would be discussed at a cabinet meeting on Monday.

Any agreement will come into force when Parliament returns next week.

A “confidence and supply” deal is not a full coalition, but an agreement which…

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