DUP declaration is 'significant' for Theresa May, says former Labour advisor Kevin Meagher

DUP declaration 'significant saber rattling at this stage', says former Labour advisor Kevin Meagher

Despite two weeks of negotiation, no agreement between the DUP and the Tories has yet been reached

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A former Labour Party advisor has told talkRADIO the Democratic Unionist Party's insistence that it won't be "taken for granted" by the Tories is '"significant" because Theresa May can't let it go on. 

The two parties have been in negotiation over a so-called 'confidence and supply' agreement in the wake of the hung Parliament election result, which saw the Conservatives lose their majority in the House of Commons. 

However, nearly two weeks after the result, a source from the DUP has said a deal is not "imminent" and it cannot be "taken for granted" by the Conservative Party.

Kevin Meagher, a leading commentator on British and Irish Politics and former advisor to the Labour Party, claimed this announcement was significant at the current stage of British politics.

He told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "You’d have thought this would have been resolved quickly. At the end of the day, the Tories are desperate for as much parliamentary support as they can get, as many seats as it can corner.

"We’re a week on, and we don’t seem to be any closer on both sides. The DUP coming out this morning and saying the Tories need to show them respect - this is significant saber rattling at this stage.

"The difficulty is the DUP have a hard bargain. But where we are in politics, Theresa May is living week to week.

"She can’t afford the jobs to take as long as they’re taking."

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