Theresa May still pursuing deal with DUP for crunch Commons vote

After Theresa May lost her majority in parliament on June 8 with a failed gamble on a snap election, she was trying hard to secure the backing of the small DUP and its 10 lawmakers, though talks have dragged on for more than two weeks.

The DUP spokesman told Reuters that the pair would meet at May's No. 10 Downing Street residence.

British Prime Minister Theresa May struck a deal on Monday to prop up her minority government by agreeing to 1 billion pounds (1.3 billion) in extra funding for Northern Ireland in return for the support of the province's biggest Protestant party.

Church leaders have urged Northern Ireland's politicians to strike a powersharing deal for the common good of everyone.

'Both parties have agreed that there will be no change to the pensions triple lock and the universal nature of the Winter Fuel Payment, ' the document said.

"Our aim in these negotiations has been to deliver for all of the people of Northern Ireland", Ms Foster said.

"I hope the parties will look beyond their differences and come together with a shared sense of common goal to serve all communities in the best interests of Northern Ireland", May said in a statement.

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"We welcome this new financial support of £1bn in the next two years as well as providing new flexibilities on nearly £500m previously committed to Northern Ireland".

Under a "supply and confidence" arrangement meant to last for the full Parliament, the DUP guarantees that its 10 MPs will vote with the Government on the Queen's Speech, the Budget, and legislation relating to Brexit and national security.

Villiers told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I think that is an indication that we are close to some form of an agreement on the confidence and supply between the Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist party".

It will be totally transparent and once we conclude the deal that will happen.

Northern Ireland's DUP has officially signed a deal to keep Theresa May's Tories in power for the five years of this Parliament.

Both sides have been in talks since the general election, but a deal has not yet been confirmed.

'It's nearly too late for the Government to correct the position because whatever it now does in relation to an agreement with the DUP, even if it abandons it and continues in office there will always be the suspicion of some sort of deal having been done'.

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