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'Handshake of shame' - British papers react to £1 billion DUP-Tory deal
Talks on reforming a Northern Executive continue today.

BRITAIN’S NEWSPAPERS HAVE given a mixed reaction to the DUP’s £1 billion deal with Theresa May’s Conservative Party.

The deal struck yesterday will see the DUP’s 10 MPs back May following a disastrous general election campaign which saw the Conservatives lose their parliamentary majority.

The deal will see in the region of £1.5 billion (£1 billion in new money and £500 million in future spending commitments) gifted to Northern Ireland for investment in infrastructure.

It focuses on pensions, armed forces and farming.

Here’s how the British media reacted to the deal:

The Guardian accuses May of trying to “cling on” to her job


The Mirror calls the deal a “handshake of shame”


The Times calls the deal a “bung”


The Telegraph says the funding could be ‘just the start’


The Scotsman echoes some of the dissatisfaction from that country


The Express is more matter of fact – and has a way to beat type 2 diabetes


And the Evening Standard yesterday had this


Foster flew home shortly after the deal was agreed, as talks on reforming the Northern Assembly continue.

Sinn Féin and the DUP have been unable to come to a power-sharing agreement since March’s elections in the wake of the “cash for ash” scandal.

A deadline of Thursday has been set to come to an agreement.

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