Legal challenge to be launched over Theresa May's DUP deal

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Thousands of pounds have been raised after a campaign was launched to legally challenge Theresa May’s deal with the Democratic Unionist Party.

Green Party member Ciaran McClean argues that the pact is in breach of the Good Friday Agreement and the Bribery Act.

The DUP has vowed to support the Tories in key Parliamentary votes in exchange for a package of pledges, an extra £1 billion of funding for Northern Ireland, as well as a guarantee to keep the state pension “triple lock” which the Tories had wanted to scrap.

But Mr McClean has set up a crowdfunding page to fund a judicial review.

On the page, he writes: “The Tories are being propped up by the DUP in order to cling to power after the recent election.

“This horrifies me. It’s straight bribery – money for votes. 

“The deal flies in the face of the Good Friday Agreement, under which the Government is obligated to exercise its power with ‘rigorous impartiality’ on behalf of all the people in the diversity of their identities and traditions. 

“The Government is threatening hard won peace with their pact with the reactionary DUP.”

Mr McClean, who stood unsuccessfully for the Green Party in West Tyrone in June’s election, is pursuing the legal challenge on his own and not on behalf of the Green Party.

The page has raised over £13,000 so far, with the hope of raising an initial £20,000.

David Greene, Mr McClean’s solicitor and a senior partner at Edwin Coe, told the Guardian: “This case is of huge public importance and demonstrates that individuals can call governments to account and the importance of that capability in a democracy.”

The Government has said it believes the confidence and supply agreement is within the law.

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