Theresa May closes in on DUP deal as PM tries to rescue Government



THERESA May is hoping to complete a deal with the DUP tomorrow to get the Government back up and running.

The humiliated PM said she had made “significant progress” in talks towards creating a working partnership with the Irish group of MPs to shore up her minority Government.

Mrs May was due to miss part of the key DUP negotiations after flying to Paris tonight to meet newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron.

But DUP leader Arlene Foster indicated last night that a deal to support the Conservatives’ majority was close to being finalised.

She spent the night in London hoping that she would be able to reach a final agreement tomorrow morning.

Ms Foster said: “We’ve had some very good discussions today and those discussions are continuing this afternoon.

“I hope that we can reach a conclusion sooner than later.”

The former First Minister said Brexit, counter-terrorism and “doing what’s right” for the Northern Ireland economy were among the key issues.

Earlier it was revealed that Mrs May had decided to rip up her controversial manifesto promises.

The Prime Minister is now plotting a public spending splurge after declaring: “Austerity is over”.

Her new chief of staff, former MP Gavin Barwell, says he lost his seat because of the constant penny-pinching which Labour had vowed to scrap.