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Judicial proceedings issued in case against Tory-DUP deal

By Michael Sheils McNamee

Judicial proceedings have been issued against the government over their £1 billion deal with the DUP to support its minority government.

This comes as part of a legal challenge being taken by Ciaran McClean, who stood unsuccessfully in the Westminster elections as a candidate for the Green Party.

By Sunday evening, the Co Tyrone mental health worker managed to reach his crowdfunding target of £20,000, and is now aiming to reach £100,000.

An application was issued on Monday by Mr McClean's solicitors Edwin Coe LLP.

The London-based firm previously represented Deir Dos Santos, a hairdresser who holds UK and European citizenship, who was part of the successful challenge that the UK government could not trigger withdrawal from the EU without an Act from the UK Parliament.

The basis for the claim being brought forward by McClean is that an agreement between the DUP and the Conservative government would breach the terms of the Good Friday Agreement, and its commitment to "rigorous impartiality on behalf of all the people in the diversity of their identities and traditions".

Mr McClean is also contending that the agreement breaches the Bribery Act 2010.

In a statement, he said: "Following the success of the crowdfunding I today instructed my lawyers to issue the application for judicial review of the decision by Theresa May to enter into the agreement with the DUP. That agreement is, in my view, no more and no less than the purchase by the Government of votes in Parliament using public money."

He added that his lawyers had corresponded with the government, but that this had "offered nothing to dissuade us from pursuing this application".

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