Conservative chief whip Gavin Williamson is in Belfast for talks with the DUP

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The Conservative chief whip, Gavin Williamson, travels to Belfast (Source: Getty)

A senior Tory MP is in Belfast today to talk with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

Gavin Williamson, the Conservative party chief whip, will hold discussions with Sir Jeffrey Donaldson of the DUP on "how best they can provide support" to the government, Reuters reported.

The Tories failed to gain an outright majority in Thursday's General Election, leaving Theresa May reliant on the DUP.

The parties can work together through a confidence and supply agreement or a formal coalition deal.

The DUP has signalled its preference for a confidence and supply agreement.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister has declined to comment on the timing of any talks between the two parties.

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