DUP should hand back £220k op­po­si­tion cash, says Wat­son

Daily Mirror - - NEWS - EXCLUSIVE BY BEN GLAZE Deputy Po­lit­i­cal Edi­tor

LABOUR is pil­ing pres­sure on North­ern Ire­land’s DUP to hand back money it is get­ting for be­ing an op­po­si­tion party.

More than £220,000 is handed an­nu­ally to the hard-right Ul­ster MPs un­der a scheme to help non­govern­ing par­ties with their costs.

It went up from £170,000 when the DUP won two more seats in the gen­eral elec­tion. But Labour deputy leader Tom Wat­son de­manded they give it up as they are back­ing Theresa May’s mi­nor­ity Gov­ern­ment. He said: “They can’t have it both ways. Are they an op­po­si­tion party, or are they pro­vid­ing Theresa May’s ma­jor­ity? “It turns out they’re get­ting more than be­fore to op­pose a Gov­ern­ment they sup­port.” The DUP said: “The DUP is not in the Gov­ern­ment and is there­fore en­ti­tled to money to help carry out its du­ties.”

PRES­SURE Labour’s Tom Wat­son

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