'Much of the funding for Northern Ireland was already planned before the Tory-DUP deal', says Iain Duncan Smith

'Much of the funding for Northern Ireland was already planned before the Tory-DUP deal', says Iain Duncan Smith

Iain Duncan Smith joined James Whale

Friday, June 30, 2017

Much of the funding for Northern Ireland was already planned before the Tory-DUP deal, according to former leader of the Conservatives Iain Duncan Smith.

The Conservatives have struck a £1 billion deal with the DUP to support Theresa May's minority government, meaning extra funding will be provided to Northern Ireland over the next two years.

But the Tory MP told James Whale on Monday (June 26): "Much of this was probably already planned. The issue of the corporation tax was already a deal done with Northern Ireland.

"This is bringing stuff forward that was, for the most part, planned, and some other bits and pieces." 

Northern Ireland "has always required a high level of focus and therefore investment," he said.

The former Work and Pensions Secretary added: "Before people get jumping up and down, two things to be said. There’s been a lot of nonsense talked about the DUP generally.

"I don’t recall anyone jumping up and down when one of the parties, the SDLP as I recall, used to take the Labour whip."

He also spoke about Brexit and believes "quite a lot of people, I think, have been misled by the nature of what people say is about to happen."

Listen to the full interview above

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