Fears for Northern Ireland peace as new revelations of DUP paramilitary links put pressure on Tory deal:
The right-wing Democratic Unionist Party confirmed they’re set to back a Conservative minority government to help Mrs May maintain a fragile grip on power. Senior members of the DUP are accused of remaining close to loyalist paramilitary groups, which backed a string of the party’s MPs in this month’s general election.
1. They oppose abortion, even for rape victims
Their leader, Arlene Foster, last year vowed to maintain the province’s ban on abortion, except where the life of the woman is at risk.
Official party policy does not provide an exception from their position on abortion even for victims of sexual assault. Jim Wells, a DUP NLA member and former deputy speaker of the Assembly, said women who have fallen pregnant after being raped should instead consider putting their child up for adoption.
The closest they’ve come to concession on the issue was leader Arlene Foster agreeing to “carefully consider” a High Court ruling that said banning abortion for rape victims was against British and European human rights laws.
2. They’re anti-gay marriage
DUP MP Ian Paisley Jr said gay relationships were “offensive and obnoxious” in 2005 and in 2007 said he was “pretty repulsed by gay and lesbianism”. The party blocked gay marriage despite it winning approval by Northern Ireland’s parliament in 2015. They used a legal tool to prevent same-sex unions passing it to law after it passed a knife-edge vote in the Assembly.
3. Some uncomfortable past links
Terrorist group Ulster Resistance was founded by a collection of people who went on to be prominent DUP politicians. Former First Minister Peter Robinson, for example, who was DUP leader and Northern Ireland’s first minister until last year, was an active member of Ulster Resistance.
He was long ago pictured in the red beret of the group.
Although the DUP played an important role in power-sharing, which ensured lasting peace, it was in 1998 the only major party to oppose the Good Friday Agreement. This is an uncomfortable bit of history for Theresa May, considering she built a lot of her campaign on Jeremy Corbyn ‘s 30-year-old statements about the IRA.
4. Climate change scepticism
Denial of climate change is not official party policy – but they’ve had their fair share of sceptics over the years.
Ex-environment minister – and finance minister – Sammy Wilson, who was last night re-elected MP for East Antrim, said in 2008: “I think in 20 years’ time we will look back at this whole climate change debate and ask ourselves how on earth were we ever conned into spending the billions of pounds which are going into this without any kind of rigorous examination of the background, the science, the implications of it all.”
It pushed for creationist theory to be displayed at the Giant’s Causeway – and its chairman met none other than Arlene Foster, then tourism minister and now DUP leader, to discuss the request.
6. They’re opposed to Tory policy on winter fuel payments…
The Tories announced plans to means test winter fuel payments for better-off pensioners in their manifesto, but the DUP are vehemently opposed..
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