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From Brexit to abortion, a DUP-Conversative alliance could have worrying consequences

The prospect of a coalition of this kind is an unprecedented one

By Siobhan Fenton  

DUP leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds on election night. Photo: PA

After one of the greatest acts of miscalculation in electoral history, Theresa May’s big gamble has backfired spectacularly and the Conservatives are now standing on the precipice a hung-parliament. All eyes are now on the Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland, which has confirmed it will agree to prop up a Tory government. The party won ten seats last night—one of its best election results ever. 

Northern Ireland seldom featured in the election campaign, yet the smallest…

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