'Tory-DUP deal is normal politics and good for all in Northern Ireland', says DUP MP Sammy Wilson

'The Tory-DUP deal is normal politics and good for all in Northern Ireland', says DUP MP Sammy Wilson

Sammy Wilson said the deal is 'normal politics'

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Tory-DUP deal is "normal politics" and "good for everybody in Northern Ireland", according to a DUP MP.

The two parties agreed a deal in order to support Theresa May's minority government and bring increased investment to Northern Ireland, and the MP for East Antrim, Sammy Wilson, told Sam Delaney:

"We have highlighted the problems which we face in Northern Ireland, especially some of the economic problems, and we have sought to get additional finance from the government in relation to those problems and in return for our support.

"That’s normal politics. There’s not a politician who doesn’t do that."

Constituents, Mr Wilson said, expect politicians "to use whatever influence they have for the people who elected them".

He added that this is a good deal "for everybody in Northern Ireland".

Sam also asked for the MP's views on the opinion of some people - including former Secretaries of State for Northern Ireland - who claim the deal goes against the Good Friday agreement and could jeopardise peace because it shows the government favouring one political side in Northern Ireland.

Mr Wilson replied: "I find it really odd that an agreement which brings more resources to Northern Ireland will have people out on the street riling and people going around shooting others again and bombing because they don’t like extra money and resources being given."

Listen to the full interview above

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