Why a Conservative and DUP coalition would be a disaster
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Yesterday's General Election has culminated this morning in a hung parliament, leaving Theresa May and the Conservatives scrambling to make up the numbers for a majority government.They could also go forward with a minority government, but rumours are that the Tories could team up with Northern Ireland's right wing Democratic Union Party. The DUP won ten seats in Northern Ireland, so a coalition deal between the two parties could take up the Conservative party's number of seats to 329 - passing the all important number of 326. But who are the DUP, and what do they stand for? The truth is that the party don't exactly stand for... a heck of a lot of progressive policies. One of their main policies is to block same sex marriage. It's not to say that this would happen should they become a junior party in government, as the Tories do now generally vote in favour of same sex marriage, and they are unlikely to repeal the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act passed in 2013 - but even having them in such a position of power is a huge step back from everything the LGBTQ+ community has campaigned for.
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