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DUP denies their anti-Tory election poster has come back to bite them

DUP will not renege on commitments, says ex-DUP MLA

By Jonathan Bell ·

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Local candidate Mr Fishfinger waits as ballot papers are counted at the Westmoorland and Lonsdale constituency count at Kendal Leisure Centre on June 8, 2017 in Kendal, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)

A former senior DUP member has said an anti-Conservative Party election billboard has not come back to bite the party over its link up with Theresa May's party.

Arlene Foster will meet the Prime Minister on Tuesday to thrash out the details of the agreement between the two parties which will allow the Tory leader to operate a minority government at Westminster.

However, an election poster for the 2010 vote has been widely circulated online contradicting the DUP's desire to jump into bed with the Tories.

"I want an MP who answers to us - not to the Tories. I'm voting DUP," proclaimed the campaign advertisement.

Nelson McCausland, who lost his seat in the March Assembly election, denied the slogan had come back to haunt his party.

"It is people who don't understand the context. The context was that Ulster unionist MPs at that time would have gone to Westminster to take the Conservative Party whip," he told the BBC Stephen Nolan.

Read more: DUP labeled rivals 'Tory boys' over electoral pact, says Kennedy

"That's not what we are talking about here. We are talking about a confidence and supply agreement, it is a more informal arrangement rather than the sort of almost merger the UUP had with the Conservatives.

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How DUP mocked the UUP alliance with the Conservatives in 2010.

"They were standing as UNCUNF - Ulster Conservatives and Unionists New Force - which ultimately went no where."

On the appeal of joining the Tories, Mr McCausland said: "Well first of all, the reality of it is - it's the Government.

"But the DUP will not be reneging on its manifesto. I am just commentating on it, I am not part of the negotiations. But the party has been very clear on the retaining of the triple-lock on pensions, for example."

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Local candidate Mr Fishfinger waits as ballot papers are counted at the Westmoorland and Lonsdale constituency count at Kendal Leisure Centre on June 8, 2017 in Kendal, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)
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DUP leader Arlene Foster (2nd L), DUP deputy leader and north Belfast candidate Nigel Dodds (L), former DUP leader and Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson (R) watch on at the Belfast count centre on June 9, 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
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British Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Theresa May speaks at the declaration at the election count at the Magnet Leisure Centre on June 9, 2017 in Maidenhead, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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Theresa May kept her senior ministers in post after suffering humiliating losses in the snap election. AFP/Getty Images
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Prime Minister Theresa May reacts at the Magnet Leisure Centre in Maidenhead, after she held her seat. PA
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Prime Minister Theresa May at the Magnet Leisure Centre in Maidenhead, after she held her seat. PA
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British Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Theresa May (far left) stands with other candidates at the declaration at the election count at the Magnet Leisure Centre on June 9, 2017 in Maidenhead, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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DUP leader and Northern Ireland former First Minister Arlene Foster (R) waves to the media alongside Gregory Campbell (L) after holding a press conference with the DUP's newly elected Westminster candidates who stood in the general election on June 9, 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
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A television presenter stands outside 10 Downing Street in London on June 10, 2017, holding a copy of The Daily Mirror newspaper with the headline 'Coalition of Crackpots' the day after the general election resulted in a hung parliament and British Prime Minister Theresa May forming a minority government. AFP/Getty Images
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UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall leaves via a fire exit following the vote count for the constituency of Boston and Skegness on June 9, 2017 in Boston, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
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Sinn Fein's Northern Ireland leader Michelle O'Neill (centre left) and party president Gerry Adams (centre) speaking outside Sinn Fein offices on the Falls Road in Belfast after the party emerged with seven MPs following the General Election. PA
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Sinn Fein's party president Gerry Adams speaking outside Sinn Fein offices on the Falls Road in Belfast after the party emerged with seven MPs following the General Election. PA
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DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds (L) points to DUP leader and Northern Ireland former First Minister Arlene Foster (R) as they hold a photocall with their newly elected candidates who stood in the general election on June 9, 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
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Sinn Fein's Northern Ireland leader Michelle O'Neill (left) and party president Gerry Adams (right) speaking outside Sinn Fein offices on the Falls Road in Belfast after the party emerged with seven MPs following the General Election. PA
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DUP leader and Northern Ireland former First Minister Arlene Foster (C) holds a brief press conference with the DUP's newly elected Westminster candidates who stood in the general election on June 9, 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
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Leader of the DUP Arlene Foster holds a press conference at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast on June 9th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
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Leader of the DUP Arlene Foster holds a press conference at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast on June 9th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
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DUP leader Arlene Foster along with her MPs pictured at the Stormont Hotel in south Belfast this afternoon. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
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Britain's Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on June 9, 2017, en route to Buckingham Palace to meet Queen Elizabeth II. AFP/Getty Images
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Prime Minister Theresa May with her husband Philip arrives at Buckingham Palace where she will seek the Queen's permission to form a UK government on June 9, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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How DUP mocked the UUP alliance with the Conservatives in 2010.
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DUP’s Nelson McCausland.