Anyone who thinks the DUP’s capacity to influence the government on larger matters is over (you know who you are! – ed 😉) might like to think again. Although it is unlikely that the pro business party would have voted against a third runway at Heathrow, it would seem they are still being treated like ‘favoured sons by Labour. As Sam Coates in The Times today:
In a sign of anxiety about the vote, the Government persuaded five Democratic Unionists to vote with them. If all the DUP MPs had voted against the Government, it would have had a majority of one.
The five DUP MPs were: Willie McCrea; Ian Paisley; Peter Robinson; David Simpson; Sammy Wilson.