‘They can’t have it both ways’: Labour says DUP should hand back £220k of taxpayers’ cash after £1billion agreement with Tories : Mirror.

Deputy leader Tom Watson says the Democratic Unionist Party shouldn’t be entitled to fund used to support opposition parties.

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson says the DUP should give back opposition party funding (Image: PA)

Labour is piling pressure on the Democratic Unionist Party to hand back taxpayers’ cash it gets for being an opposition party.

More than £220,000 of “Short” money is funnelled to the hard-right Ulster politicians every year so they can run a Westminster operation.

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson believed the party should surrender the perk after agreeing to prop up floundering Theresa May’s minority government.

He said: “The DUP can’t have it both ways.

“They have already secured over £1billion for Northern Ireland as part of their deal to keep the Tories in power.

“Now it turns out they’re getting more money than before from the taxpayer to oppose a government they support.

“They need to make their minds up – are they an opposition party, or are they providing Theresa May with her majority?”

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1 Comment

  1. It’s not often I agree with Tom Watson, but on this occasion, I do. I didn’t even know about the existence of this ‘short’ money.


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