A full list of people and organisations who have spoken out against a Tory-DUP deal

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The deal made between the Tories and the DUP is a controversial one, with many different people and organisations speaking out in opposition. There have been petitions, calls in parliament and protests on the street, but yesterday the Conservative party signed a deal offering Northern Ireland an extra £1bn. in funding in exchange for the support of the DUP in parliamentary votes. This is a list of the people and organisations who have expressed their concern, anger or fear over the deal.


Scottish Conservative Party leader Ruth Davidson was compelled to seek reassurance from the prime minister that LGBT rights will not come under threat as a result of the deal.

Former Conservative prime minister Sir John Major who was in power as the foundations were being laid for the Good Friday agreement, urged Theresa May not to make a deal with the DUP saying peace in Northern Ireland should “not be regarded as a given”, claiming peace could “unwind” as a result.

Other Political Parties and Politicians

The Green Party have labelled it the “coalition of cruelty” and says it “puts womens rights under threat”.

In parliament, Caroline Lucas called the DUP MPs “dinosaurs”. After an objection, “Mr Speaker” Simon Bercow said it was a matter of “taste” but couldn’t resist joking that dinosaurs are creatures which existed for many many years (presumably in response to the DUPs creationist beliefs).

Scottish Green Party MSP Patrick Harvie says the deal is an “insult” and has called for the resignation of Scottish conservative David Mundell.

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said it could put the Northern Irish peace process “at risk”.

The Northern Ireland party Sinn Fein say the DUP have “betrayed the interests of the people of Northern Ireland” but supporting the Tory party’s austerity agenda. They have informed Theresa May that she is breaching the Good Friday agreement in pursuing the deal. They also criticised the government for setting a deadline for the Stormont negotiations and then spending most of the time leading up to it in a negotiation with the DUP.

Gerry Adams, president of Sinn Fein spoke out since the deal was completed to repeat his warning that the peace process is put at risk and accuses the DUP of giving the Tories a “blank cheque” for a hard Brexit that will threaten the Good Friday Agreement.

Northern Ireland Alliance Party leader Naomi Long was not reassured by a visit with Theresa May that the deal won’t interfere with government neutrality and claims the DUP have “all the leverage”.

Social Democratic and Labour party leader Colum Eastwood said the talks between the Tories and the DUP were “holding Northern Ireland to ransom” and said Northern Ireland parties wouldn’t be able to sign a deal until they knew the full contents of the Tory-DUP deal.

First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones says the deal will be at “Wales’ expense” and accused the government of finding an underhanded way of giving money to Northern Ireland without triggering the Barnett formula. He believes it “kills the idea of fair funding“.

Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville Roberts says the deal “neglects” Welsh people, who are being treated like “third class citizens”.

Alastair Campbell said on BBC question time that the government cannot reasonably mediate the Northern Irish government when the DUP is going to be a part of the government.

Labour MP for Trafford Kate Green called the DUP “tawdry” and called the deal a “chaotic attempt to form a government.”

Negotiator of the Good Friday agreement Jonathan Powell said it will be “impossible for [the government] to be even-handed”.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon called it the “worst kind of pork barrel politics”.

Respect Party’s George Galloway called the DUP a “milder form of the Ku Klux Klan.”

The Mayor of Bedford, Lib Dem Dave Hodgson called the deal an “utter disgrace.”

The Media

The Independent newspaper have heavily criticised the alliance, saying it is “deeply harmful and destabilising for the peace process.” They also suspect paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland will now feel empowered with a “get-out-of-jail-free card”. The newspaper also credits a lot of the shift towards Labour since the election to the deal.

Organisations, charities, unions

Greenpeace have warned the DUP have a “bad” record on the environment, and worry that they will expect something in return from the deal that could “send us backwards” on environmental issues.

LGBT activist James Wharton quit the Conservative Party, saying Theresa May was “throwing LGBT Tories under the bus“.

Hampshire LGBT organisation “Hampshire Pride committee” co-chair Moira Smyth shared concerns that the DUP deal will have “a negative influence on government decisions affecting the lives of not only LGBT+ people, but all who have enjoyed the freedoms of the last 15 years.”


A petition received 750,000+ signatures calling for Theresa May to resign and the deal with the DUP to be abandoned.

Thousands of people joined a 38 degrees campaign and emailed their MPs with their concerns about the DUPs stance on LGBT rights.

Thousands of people attended protests in London and across the country as discontent with the government grew in light of the DUP deal negotiations.

Unofficial or anonymous

Unnamed Conservative MPs were claimed to be angry at the deal-making and threatened to oppose it.


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