A London protest marching against Theresa May's proposed tie-up with the DUP goes ahead today

 
Rebecca Smith
Protests were held last week after the election too
Protests were held last week after the election too (Source: Getty)

Thousands of people are set to march in protest today against Theresa May’s proposed tie-up with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

The event co-organised by political commentator Owen Jones has 3,500 people saying they are attending on Facebook, with 10,000 others interested.

The march starts at 2pm today at Whitehall, with Labour MPs Angela Rayner, Clive Lewis and newly elected Battersea MP Marsha de Cordova among those lined up to attend.

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Jones said the protest was being held to “oppose a Tory alliance with the homophobic, climate-change denier, anti-choice DUP”, and to “stop a coalition of chaos” taking power.

The Prime Minister called a snap election in April in an effort to bolster the Conservatives’ majority and secure her a stronger hand for Brexit negotiations. But the shock result left May’s party without a majority at all, leading her to engage Northern Ireland’s DUP in talks to shore up the Tories’ power with the support of the DUP’s 10 MPs.

The talks are still ongoing, though there has already been some backlash. A Change.org petition against the deal garnered over 500,000 signatures in a day. And a protest of several hundred people was held last weekend after the election result to voice their anger with the proposal.

Separately, protests were held in the capital yesterday in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire which has resulted in 30 deaths. Between 50 and 60 people stormed Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall, with members of the public saying those left homeless from the fire needed help immediately.

Later on there was a two-minute silence held by hundreds of mourners in respect to the victims of the fire.

The Prime Minister announced yesterday that £5m will be available for survivors, to provide clothes, food and emergency supplies, and an aim to rehouse residents within three weeks as close to where they lived before as possible.

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