The general election

The general election has taken over the news this month, from the campaigning beforehand to the aftermath of the result. Many woke up on the 9th June to the shock of a hung parliament. Meaning there was no clear winner, with no single party reaching the 326 seats needed to win the election.

The conservatives had the majority of seats with 318 and Labour coming second with 262 seats from the general election. Therefore, there was a huge discussion as to what was going to happen with the government. Theresa May, head of the conservative party, has now formed a new government with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). The DUP is a unionist political party in Northern Ireland, they managed to receive 10 votes at the general election, making the overall seat count 328 from the coalition, now 2 seats above what was needed.

The deal

The parties agreed on a £1bn deal on Monday, meaning the DUP will support the Conservatives votes, in order for them to gain a majority for important policies within parliament.

The deal will see extra funding go to Northern Ireland, and it will also guarantee that there will be no changes made to the state pension triple lock. This ensures that pensions rise by 2.5% every year. Along with other agreements in order to form this collation.

Talks are still underway in regard to Brexit. Theresa May is undergoing talks with key leaders to enable Brexit to take place. With her first big test for her new government today, when parliament votes to approve her Queens speech over Brexit.

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