Oh dear. Heidi Allen is fast establishing herself as one of the most rebellious MPs in the Conservative party. The Tory MP has spoken out against her party on issues like tax credits as well making her personal grievances with both George Osborne and Theresa May public.
In today’s Queen’s Speech debate, Allen added her party’s £1bn deal with the DUP to the list. Ahead of the crucial vote on the speech, she said she could barely put into words her anger at ‘the use of public funds to garner political control’:
‘I can barely put into words my anger at the deal my party has done with the DUP. We didn’t need to do it. I cannot fault the DUP for wanting to achieve the very best for their residents in Ireland, nor for their tough negotiating skills. But I must put on the record my distaste for the use of public funds to garner political control. We should have run with a minority government, and showed the country what mature progressive politics looks like.’
So much for a harmonious new chapter in relations between the Conservatives and the DUP…