DUP Deal

At this crucial time, the Prime Minister will form a Government in the national interest. With the most seats and most votes, only the Conservative Party has the ability and legitimacy to do that. The Conservative Party have had a strong relationship over many years with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), and are discussing finalising a confidence and supply deal. I know there are a number concerns with this approach that I want to address directly.

As your Member of Parliament I will continue to promote and champion LGBTI and equal rights for all. The Conservatives in Government introduced the same sex marriage act and earlier this year passed 'Turing's law' to remove historic convictions for consensual acts. As I work with others to govern in the national interest we will continue to promote and champion the equal rights we believe in.

On the Northern Ireland peace process, Ministers are committed to re-establishing an inclusive, devolved government in Northern Ireland. The approach and objectives as set out in The Conservative Party Northern Ireland manifesto remain unchanged, and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Rt Hon James Brokenshire, continues to work to restore a Northern Ireland Executive as soon as possible. Governing in the national interest will mean delivering a successful Brexit that works for Copeland and for the whole country. It means building on our economic record of more jobs, cutting the deficit and investing more in public services like the NHS. It means tackling the social issues we face in our country: issues like mental health, housing, and proper technical education for young people.