Daniel Zeichner has slammed the “tawdry” supply-and-confidence agreement between the Conservatives and DUP after the General Election resulted in a hung Parliament and minority Conservative Government.
The Government announced that the DUP had secured an additional £1bn in funding for Northern Ireland in exchange for propping up Theresa May’s weak and wobbly administration.
A further £1bn for Northern Ireland is worth around £550 per head of population in the province. Although Cambridge is sorely in need of more teachers, nurses, doctors, social housing and infrastructure investment, the city’s taxpayers will be footing the bill for the Tory-DUP bung.
The supply-and-confidence agreement has also raised doubts about whether the UK Government can continue to act as a neutral broker in the peace process.
Daniel Zeichner said: “People in Northern Ireland deserve investment in infrastructure and public services. Not only is Northern Ireland’s history unique, especially in this post-conflict peace process, but Northern Irish people have suffered from years of unfair austerity.
“However, all people across the United Kingdom are crying out for further investment in infrastructure and public services after seven years of austerity. It’s clear that Theresa May is so weak and utterly lacking in authority that she is reduced to bribing DUP politicians to keep her weak and wobbly government in power. This is nothing more than a tawdry deal.”