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The DUP will drive a hard bargain—and no-one in Westminster should be surprised

That the Tories are having trouble with their new "friends" won't come as a shock to anyone who follows Northern Irish politics

By Siobhan Fenton  

Arlene Foster and her party are hardened negotiators. Photo: PA

After the general election yielded a surprise minority government, panic ensued in London as the previously obscure Democratic Unionist Party’s 10 MPs unexpectedly held the balance of power at Westminster.

Attempts by the Conservatives to court the DUP’s support for a pact which would prop up their minority government began immediately. The morning after the election result, Theresa May appeared bleary-eyed but determined on the steps of Downing…

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