The Scottish Mail on Sunday

Ruth’s de­mands ex­pose Tory DUP deal’s fragility

- By Brendan Car­lin

SCOT­TISH Con­ser­va­tive leader Ruth David­son turned up the heat on Theresa May last night over the Prime Min­is­ter’s al­liance with North­ern Ire­land’s Demo­cratic Union­ist Party.

Miss David­son – whose 13 Scot­tish Tory MPs kept Jeremy Cor­byn out of Down­ing Street – spoke to The Mail on Sun­day ex­clu­sively over her con­cerns about the deal struck last night.

The con­tro­ver­sial al­liance is vi­tal to Mrs May’s hopes of get­ting a work­ing ma­jor­ity in the wake of last week’s calami­tous Elec­tion re­sult. But Miss David­son – now seen as the bright­est Tory Party star – point­edly re­stated her reser­va­tions about the deal over the DUP’s op­po­si­tion to same-sex mar­riage.

Miss David­son, who is gay, in­sisted she had re­ceived ‘clear as­sur­ances’ from the Prime Min­is­ter that any deal would not harm the cause of equal rights and equal mar­riage, which is not le­gal in North­ern Ire­land. She said: ‘I have my dif­fer­ences with the DUP and their views on equal rights.

‘That is why I sought and re­ceived clear as­sur­ances from the Prime Min­is­ter that we will do all we can, as the party of equal mar­riage, to ad­vance that cause.’

Down­ing Street said last night: ‘We can con­firm that the Demo­cratic Union­ist Party have agreed to the prin­ci­ples of an out­line agree­ment to sup­port the Con­ser­va­tive Govern­ment on a con­fi­dence and sup­ply ba­sis when Par­lia­ment re­turns next week. We wel­come this com­mit­ment, which can pro­vide the sta­bil­ity and cer­tainty the whole coun­try re­quires as we em­bark on Brexit and beyond.

‘The de­tails will be put for­ward for dis­cus­sion and agree­ment at a Cab­i­net meet­ing on Mon­day.’

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NO DEAL: A woman pro­tester in Lon­don

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