DUP pact already wobbling as govt agrees NI abortion deal to avert QSpeech defeat


Jeremy Corbyn’s amendment on Wednesday to the Tories’ Queen’s Speech was both intelligent and right.

By proposing the lifting of the cap on the pay of public sector employees – including the firefighters, police and NHS staff who have won universal acclaim in the recent terror attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire, he forced the Conservatives to choose between their narrow party interest to cling to power and the wellbeing and fair treatment of millions of hard-working public servants.

The Tories chose party interest. Of course.

An amendment today was equally well chosen. Stella Creasy’s proposal to put Northern Irish women on equal footing with those in the rest of the UK as regards abortion – currently NI women pay around £1400 to come to Britain for abortions – is fair but also put the Tories in a bind.

And they folded. Knowing that more than enough Tory MPs were…

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