A massive protest against Theresa May and her DUP tie-up goes ahead in London

Rebecca Smith
Protestors held a demonstration outside Downing Street (Source: Getty)

A protest against the proposed tie-up between the Conservatives and Northern Ireland's DUP has got underway in central London.

The demonstration, co-organised by political commentator Owen Jones, had over 3,500 people down as attending on Facebook, with 10,000 interested. It started at 2pm this afternoon and those involved marched from Whitehall.

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Jones wrote on the page: "A disgraced Theresa May is trying to cling to power with an alliance with the Democratic Unionist Party, the most extreme party in parliament."

He added that the protest was to oppose "a Tory alliance with the homophobic, climate-change denier, anti-choice DUP".

The protest in action:

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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 already sparked protests last weekend, after a petition to stop talks gathered more than half a million signatures in one day.

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Separately, protests were held in the capital yesterday in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. In an update this afternoon, police said 58 were now missing and presumed dead.

The figure includes the 30 already confirmed to have died in the catastrophic fire in a west London tower block in the early hours of Wednesday morning. There are also 16 bodies that were recovered from the tower and have been taken to a mortuary.

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.

Read more: Damian Green says criticism of PM's Grenfell response "terribly unfair"

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