Theresa May reportedly told backbenchers that government policy wouldn’t be affected by the DUP’s views on ‘LGB… what’s the rest of it?’.
The Prime Minister was meeting the 1922 Committee of backbenchers today amid controversy over the government’s discussions with the Democratic Unionist Party of Ulster.
A Tory MP is said to have told HuffPo editor Paul Waugh that the PM had made the apparently flippant comment about LGBT concerns in the meeting today.
The DUP is now infamous across the UK for its extremely conservative, right-wing views.
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Among other things, the party is against same-sex marriage, is anti-abortion, and believes creationism should be taught in schools.
May is said to have already promised Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson, who is gay as well as being socially liberal, that gay rights would be safe even if the government agreed a ‘confidence and supply’ deal with the Northern Irish party.
A ‘confidence and supply’ deal would involve agreeing for the DUP to vote in favour of government policy in Parliament. Such a deal would be necessary for May to pass any policies, as the Tories ended up eight seats short of an overall majority in last Thursday’s general election.
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However, there are claims the Scottish Tories could form their own semi-independent group – with its own whip – meaning they wouldn’t be required to vote with May and the government.
Despite this, it seems the 1922 Committee gave May its full confidence after being reassured that the DUP wouldn’t have power of veto over bills passing through parliament.
Michael Gove then left the meeting with a thumbs up.
Who are the Democratic Unionist Party?
The Democratic Unionist Party is the biggest unionist party in Northern Ireland – that is, it is against Ulster becoming part of the Republic of Ireland.
They’ve effectively just replaced the Ulster Unionists (UUP) – but the two parties are anything but the same.
While the UUP is a relatively harmless centre-right party that has had a long-running relationship with the Tories, the DUP is far more conservative, particularly when it comes to social issues.
Here’s what you need to know about the Northern Irish party that is now within throwing distance of Westminster.
LINKS TO TERRORISM
Disturbingly, the party has strong historical links to Loyalist paramilitary groups – in particular the terrorist group Ulster Resistance, which was founded by people who ended up becoming prominent DUP politicians. The party’s former leader Peter Robinson, for example, was an active member of the terror group.
The group also collaborated with other terror groups, including the Ulster Volunteer Force, to smuggle deadly arms into the UK.
Although the party has since rescinded violence, this may seem a bit of a rich move from a party that attacked Jeremy Corbyn for his alleged links to former Northern Irish terrorists.
WOMEN’S RIGHTS – OR A LACK OF THEM
The DUP is notorious for being strongly opposed to reproductive choice – specifically a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion. This makes them the biggest anti-abortion party in the country.
This is why women in Northern Ireland either face a costly and incredibly stressful journey to England and Scotland to have an abortion, or are forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term.
SAME SEX MARRIAGE
The DUP are also known for strongly opposing same sex marriage. As a result, Northern Ireland still doesn’t have equal marriage – unlike all of its neighbours Scotland, England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland.
ACCUSATIONS OF RACISM
Last year, DUP MP Sammy Wilson was accused of racism after a member of the public said Northern Ireland should ‘get the ethnics out’ – to which he appeared to reply ‘you are absolutely right’.
The DUP is also infamous for pushing for creationism to be taught in schools on a par with proven scientific facts. Creationsim is the evangelical belief that Darwin’s theory of evolution is incorrect, and that humans were created whole in God’s image.
The party is pro-Brexit and backed the Leave campaign before the EU referendum last year.
EA Sports have released the FIFA 17 Belgium Pro League TOTS as the latest in a long line of leagues and there are some fantastic blue cards in the mix. You’ll be able to acquire these in packs running up until 6pm (UK time), on May 26th, 2017. Check out the full list of players who made the final cut below.
Starting Lineup (11)
- GK: Colin Coosemans – KV Mechelen (Belgium) – Belgium
- CB: Kara Mbodji – Anderlecht (Belgium) – Senegal
- CB: Omar Colley – RC Genk (Belgium) – Gambia
- CB: Samuel Gigot – AA Gent (Belgium) – France
- LB: Ivan Obradovic – Anderlecht (Belgium) – Serbia
- CM: Leander Dendoncker – Anderlecht (Belgium) – Belgium
- CM: Renato Neto – AA Gent (Belgium) – Brazil
- CM: Ruud Vormer – Club Brugge (Belgium) – Holland
- CM: Youri Tielemans – Anderlecht (Belgium) – Belgium
- LW: Jose Izquierdo – Club Brugge (Belgium) – Colombia
- ST: Lukasz Teodorzyck – Anderlecht (Belgium) – Poland
- GK: Frank Boeckx – Anderlecht (Belgium) – Belgium
- CB: Timothy Derijck – SV Zulte Waregem (Belgium) – Belgium
- CB: Nana Asare – AA Gent (Belgium) – Belgium
- CAM: Pozuelo – RC Genk (Belgium) – Spain
- LM: Sofiane Hanni – Anderlecht (Belgium) – Algeria
- ST: Jelle Vossen – Club Brugge (Belgium) – Belgium
- ST: Mbaye Leye – SV Zulte Waregem (Belgium) – Senegal
- CB: Martos – Charleroi (Belgium) – Spain
- LM: Henry Onyekuru – Eupen (Belgium) – Nigeria
- CF: Yuya Kubo – AA Gent (Belgium) – Japan
- ST: Ishak Belfodil – Standard Liege (Belgium) – Algeria
- ST: Landry Dimata – KV Oostende (Belgium) – Belgium
Leave a reply at the footer of this page letting us know if you manage to get one of these rare blue cards in packs.
The FIFA 17 Ultimate Team German Bundesliga TOTS has finally been revealed! The Team of the Season features standout players from the German Bundesliga. This squad will be available to you in FUT packs from 6pm UK Time, on May 26th, up until 6pm (UK time), on June 2nd, 2017.
Check out all the top players who made the final cut below and let us know if you think this was indeed the best possible group of players that deserved a TOTS. There’s no Vidal or Boateng which is a shame.
Starting Lineup (11)
- GK: Manuel Neuer – FC Bayern (Germany) – Germany
- RB: Lukasz Piszczek – Borussia Dortmund (Germany) – Poland
- LM: Sead Kolasinac – Schalke 04 (Germany) – Bosnia and Herzegovina
- CB: Mats Hummels – FC Bayern (Germany) – Germany
- CB: Niklas Sule – TSG Hoffenheim (Germany) – Germany
- RM: Ousamane Dembele – Borussia Dortmund (Germany) – France
- CM: Thiago – FC Bayern (Germany) – Spain
- LM: Emil Forsberg – RB Leipzig (Germany) – Sweden
- CM: Naby Keita – RB Leipzig (Germany) – Guinea
- ST: Robert Lewandowski – FC Bayern (Germany) – Poland
- ST: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Borussia Dortmund (Germany) – Gabon
- GK: Oliver Baumann – TSG Hoffenheim (Germany) – Germany
- RB: Philipp Lahm – FC Bayern (Germany) – Germany
- CB: Willi Orban – RB Leipzig (Germany) – Germany
- RM: Arjen Robben – FC Bayern (Germany) – Holland
- LM: Vincenzo Grifo – SC Freiburg (Germany) – Italy
- ST: Anthony Modeste – 1. FC Koln (Germany) – France
- ST: Timo Werner – RB Leipzig (Germany) – Germany
- LB: Marvin Plattenhardt – Hertha BSC (Germany) – Germany
- CAM: Marco Fabian – Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany) – Mexico
- LM: Raphael Guerreiro – Borussia Dortmund (Germany) – Portugal
- ST: Max Kruse – SV Werder Bremen (Germany) – Germany
- CF: Lars Stindl – Borussia M’gladbach (Germany) – Germany
Make sure to leave a comment in the field designated at the footer of this page on who you packed if you managed to get a blue card from this league and stay tuned for more news each and every week regarding team of the season.
The FIFA 17 Ultimate Team Turkish Süper Lig Team Of The Season has officially been revealed by EA Sports. The TOTS features some interesting blue cards and this squad is now available in FIFA Ultimate Team packs until 6pm (UK time), on June 2nd, 2017.
Starting Lineup (11)
- GK: Volkan Babacan – Medipol Basaksehir (Turkey) – Turkey
- RB: Miguel Lopes – Akhisarspor (Turkey) – Portugal
- CB: Martin Škrtel – Fenerbahce (Turkey) – Slovakia
- CB: Marcelo – Besiktas (Turkey) – Brazil
- LB: Tiago Pinto – Osmanlispor (Turkey) – Portugal
- CDM: Atiba Hutchinson – Besiktas (Turkey) – Canada
- CAM: Wesley Sneijder – Galatasaray (Turkey) – Holland
- CAM: Anderson Talisca – Al Ittihad (Turkey) – Brazil
- RM: Quaresma – Besiktas (Turkey) – Portugal
- LM: Bruma – Galatasaray (Turkey) – Portugal
- ST: Samuel Eto’o – Antalyaspor (Turkey) – Cameroon
- GK: Johannes Hopf – Genclerbirligi (Turkey) – Sweden
- CB: Diego Ângelo – Antalyaspor (Turkey) – Brazil
- CDM: Okay Yokuşlu – Trabzonspor (Turkey) – Turkey
- CM: Emre Belözoğlu – Medipol Basaksehir (Turkey) – Turkey
- RM: Edin Višća – Medipol Basaksehir (Turkey) – Bosnia
- ST: Cenk Tosun – Besiktas (Turkey) – Turkey
- ST: Vagner Love – Alanyaspor (Turkey) – Brazil
- GK: Fabricio – Besiktas (Turkey) – Spain
- CB: Jan Durica – Trabzonspor (Turkey) – Slovakia
- CB: Numan Çürüksu – Osmanlispor (Turkey) – Turkey
- CAM: Mossoró – Medipol Basaksehir (Turkey) – Brazil
- RM: Jeremain Lens – Fenerbahce (Turkey) – Holland
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The FUT 17 Saudi League TOTS has officially been unveiled. The latest Team of the Season features standout players from the Saudi Arabian Abdul Latif Dawry Jameel League. Check out the full list of players who were included in the final cut below.
Starting Lineup (11)
- GK: Abdullah Al Mayoof – Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia) – Saudi Arabia
- RB: Mohammed Al Buraik – Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia) – Saudi Arabia
- CB: Osama Hawsawi – Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia) – Saudi Arabia
- CB: Djamel Eddine Benlamri – Al Shabab (Saudi Arabia) – Saudi Arabia
- LB: Yasser Al Shahrani – Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia) – Saudi Arabia
- CAM: Carlos Eduardo – Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia) – Brazil
- LM: Nawaf Al Abed – Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia) – Saudi Arabia
- CAM: Carlos Villanueva – Al Ittihad (Saudi Arabia) – Chile
- LM: Kahraba – Al Ittihad (Saudi Arabia) – Egypt
- ST: Omar Al Soma – Al Ahli (Saudi Arabia) – Syria
- ST: Ismaël Bangoura – Al Raed (Saudi Arabia) – Guinea
- GK: Fawaz Al Qarni – Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia) – Saudi Arabia
- CB: Motaz Hawsawi – Al Ahli (Saudi Arabia) – Saudi Arabia
- CB: Mohammed Al Fatil – Al Ahli (Saudi Arabia) – Saudi Arabia
- LB: Hassan Kadish Mahbub – Al Ettifaq (Saudi Arabia) – Saudi Arabia
- LM: Bismark – Al Qadisiyah (Saudi Arabia) – Brazil
- CDM: Taisir Al Jassim – Al Ahli (Saudi Arabia) – Saudi Arabia
- ST: Mukhtar Fallata – Al Wehda (Saudi Arabia) – Saudi Arabia
- LM: Sultan Ali Al Sawadi – Al Raed (Saudi Arabia) – Saudi Arabia
- CAM: Mohamed Kanno – Al Ettifaq (Saudi Arabia) – Saudi Arabia
- CDM: Victor Ayala – Al Nassr (Saudi Arabia) – Paraguay
- ST: Ahmed Akaichi – Al Ittihad (Saudi Arabia) – Tunisia
- ST: Léo Bonatini – Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia) – Brazil
Let us know if you manage to pack any of these rare blue team of the season cards in the comments box at the bottom of this page. More TOTS news to follow throughout the month of June.
The FIFA 17 Ultimate Team French Ligue 1 TOTS has officially been released by EA Sports! The FUT French League Team of the Season features some amazing players from France’s top tier of football. This squad will be available in FIFA Ultimate Team packs starting 6pm UK, June 2nd, running up until 6pm (UK time), on June 9th, 2017.
Starting Lineup (11)
- GK: Danijel Subašić – AS Monaco (France) – Croatia
- LB: Benjamin Mendy – AS Monaco (France) – France
- CB: Kamil Glik – AS Monaco (France) – Poland
- CB: Thiago Silva – Paris St-Germain (France) – Brazil
- RB: Ricardo Pereira – OGC Nice (France) – Portugal
- LM: Thomas Lemar – AS Monaco (France) – France
- CM: Marco Verratti – Paris St-Germain (France) – Italy
- RM: Bernardo Silva – AS Monaco (France) – Portugal
- ST: Falcao – AS Monaco (France) – Colombia
- ST: Alexandre Lacazette – Olympique Lyonnais (France) – France
- ST: Edinson Cavani – Paris St-Germain (France) – Uruguay
- GK: Cédric Carrasso – Girondins de Bordeaux (France) – France
- CB: Loïc Perrin – AS St. Etienne (France) – France
- CDM: Fabinho – AS Monaco (France) – Brazil
- CM: Jean Michaël Seri – OGC Nice (France) – Ivory Coast
- CM: Corentin Tolisso – Olympique Lyonnais (France) – France
- RW: Florian Thauvin – Olympique Marseille (France) – France
- ST: Kylian Mbappé – AS Monaco (France) – France
- CDM: Tiémoué Bakayoko – AS Monaco (France) – France
- CAM: Ryad Boudebouz – Montpellier HSC (France) – Algeria
- CDM: Wylan Cyprien – OGC Nice (France) – France
- ST: Bafétimbi Gomis – Olympique Marseille (France) – France
- ST: Loïs Diony – Dijon Football (France) – Denmark
Leave a comment in the box below to let us know if you’re lucky enough to pack any of these rare blue cards in packs over the past week. More TOTS releases will be updated on the website throughout the month of June so keep your eyes peeled.
Gareth Bale wants to make more history at Real Madrid after pledging his future to the Spanish giants.
Bale received his third Champions League winner’s medal in four seasons as Real swept aside Juventus 4-1 in his home city of Cardiff on Saturday night.
But Bale was reduced to the role of bit-part player after recent injury problems, sent on only for the final 13 minutes at the National Stadium of Wales with the game already won.
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Bale’s injury woes this season — and the impressive displays of Spanish playmaker Isco in his absence — have led to suggestions that the Wales striker could return to the Premier League this summer. But the 27-year-old says he is determined to remain in Madrid and add to his impressive trophy collection at the Bernabeu.
“I have signed a long-term contract at Madrid,” said Bale, who last October committed himself to Real until 2022.
“My family is happy and I am happy, so yes we will continue what we are doing. We are winning trophies and I am happy.”
Real’s victory saw them become European champions for a record 12th time as Zinedine Zidane’s side became the first club to retain the trophy in the Champions League era. And Bale believes the current team has taken its place among the great Real sides of the past.
“We have won three Champions Leagues in four seasons so we have to be in that category,” he said.
“All we can keep doing is keep working hard and hopefully there will be more to come.
“I think we can get better. We are still quite young as a whole team and we have a great squad.
“Winning again adds to the history of this club. This club is the biggest in Champions League history ever, it’s great to be a part of and we want to win more.”
Bale now plans to return to full fitness over the summer after a mixed 12 months.
He helped Wales to the semifinals of Euro 2016 last summer, but missed three months of this season after undergoing ankle surgery in November.
Bale was injured again in the El Clasico against Barcelona on April 23, effectively ending his hopes of starting in Cardiff, and he later admitted he may have rushed his return following his ankle operation.
“My ankle will be fine in the long term,” Bale said. “It just needs to be given recovery time.
“There is scar tissue and all that and it takes time to get rid of it.
“I only found out I wasn’t going to start just before the game. But I always knew really because I’d only been training for five days with the team and I was really lucky to be involved, to be honest.
“I’ve worked double sessions for three, four weeks to get myself ready for this and recover from the surgery.
“But I will be able to rest in the summer, do some more rehab and then come back next season stronger.”
Liverpool remain interested in signing Mohamed Salah but are yet to come to an official agreement with Roma over a transfer fee for the player, sources have told ESPN FC.
No fee has been agreed for the Egypt international, but more talks between the two clubs are scheduled to take place, sources added.
Reports on Friday said that Roma rejected Liverpool’s £28 million bid for Salah, 24, while sources told ESPN FC the two clubs were locked in negotiations.
Salah, who nearly moved to Anfield in January 2014, has emerged as a prime target for Liverpool this summer following the best season of his career — where he scored 19 goals in 41 appearances for Roma in all competitions.
Sources close to the Merseyside club say Lazio forward Keita Balde Diao is being considered as an alternative option should a deal not materialise for Salah.
As revealed on Friday, Liverpool are keeping a close eye on the 22-year-old’s situation in Italy.
The Senegal international has one year left on his contract at Lazio and there are currently no signs he will extend his stay with Simone Inzaghi’s side.
Liverpool have held a long-standing interest in Balde — a product of Barcelona’s La Masia youth setup — having sent scouts to monitor his performances in Serie A since 2014.
Meanwhile, Liverpool remain willing to compete with Chelsea and Manchester City for the signature of Virgil van Dijk, sources have told ESPN FC.
Van Dijk is a top target for all three clubs this summer, with Klopp extremely keen on adding a centre-half in the transfer window.
Sources say Liverpool are prepared to match the wages rivals are offering Van Dijk ahead of a possible move.
If Liverpool are to sign the Netherlands international then it will almost certainly take a club-record transfer fee to do so, with Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger recently saying the club could realistically turn down a £60m bid for the player.
Glenn is ESPN FC’s Liverpool correspondent. You can follow him on Twitter: @GlennPrice94.
Antoine Griezmann has told Telefoot that he now plans to stay at Atletico Madrid after the club were handed a transfer ban until January 2018.
Sources told ESPN FC that Manchester United have cooled their interest in the France striker and Griezmann had given mixed messages over his plans over recent months but expressed his support for Atletico shortly after it was confirmed that they will not be able to make any new signings until 2018 as the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected their appeal over a transfer ban.
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Last week Griezmann, who had said this week he was happy at Atletico and that his future will be decided soon, posted a message on his social media accounts reading: “Now more than ever #Atleti #Alltogether”
And on Sunday, Griezmann, who has a release clause in his contract set at €100 million (£87m), confirmed to Telefoot that he would be staying this summer.
“We have decided to stay [Griezmann and his sporting adviser Eric Olhats],” he said. “[The constant speculation and questions about his future] was pretty irritating.
“It is a difficult moment for the club and for my teammates. It would have been a really harsh blow [for Atletico] to leave. There is another beautiful season to be had.”
Atletico had been strongly linked with moves for Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette and Chelsea’s Diego Costa this summer before the transfer ban was upheld.
Asked about France teammate Lacazette, he added: “Yes it is a shame for him, because he would have come. In December, we will be knocking on the door again.”
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- Abdulelah Alamri the hero as Saudi Arabia reach last 16
- The Saudis equal their best ever performance on their eighth appearance in the competition
- The centre-half is hungry for more: “We can win and go far”
No sooner had the first half of their final group match against USA come to an end than the entire Saudi Arabia squad assembled in the middle of the pitch. Trailing 1-0 at the time, the Saudis were on their way out of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017, a situation that they responded to by forming a huddle. Giving the team talks were goalkeeper Almin Albukhari and team captain Sami Alnaji, and they ended with the players all making a vow.
“We got together and said to ourselves that we had to play as a team, that we had to fight if we wanted to go further in the competition,” said Abdulelah Alamri, the man who would prove their hero in the second half, in conversation with FIFA.com.
Down to ten men following the dismissal of their leading central defender Cameron Carter-Vickers, USA held on to their lead until 17 minutes from time, at which point Alamri rose unchallenged at the near post to power an unstoppable header past Jonathan Klinsmann and into the roof of the net.
“It’s the type of move we always practice in training,” said the No5, who expressed his gratitude for Alnaji’s pinpoint corner-kick.
Though they lost their opening match against Senegal, the Saudis turned in an excellent performance to defeat Ecuador. In then grabbing a draw against the Americans in Daejeon, they made up for what they might lack in star quality by playing to their strengths. In doing so, Saad Alshehri’s charges have equalled the country’s run to the last 16 at Colombia 2011, their best finish in their seven previous appearances in the competition.
“We’ve got great team spirit and we really work hard together on the pitch,” added their goal hero. “We’re a tight-knit unit and we’re pretty good on the break. It’s the style of play we’re most comfortable with because we’ve got some very fast players up front.”
The Saudis’ thorough preparations for Korea Republic 2017, which saw them play ten warm-up matches in all, and the positive approach of their young coach, Saad Al Shehri, are bearing fruit. “We shouldn’t be satisfied with just taking part or reaching the knockout stages,” Al Shehri told FIFA.com before the tournament got underway. “We’re going to instil a winning mindset in the players and convince them that they’re capable of beating anyone.”
His message seems to be getting through to the players. “The coach fills us with confidence. He makes us believe in ourselves,” said Alamri, who then expressed his gratitude for his side’s progress: “I want to thank God, the coaching staff and the doctor for helping us get through the last 16.”
Next up for the Green Falcons are Uruguay. Despite the pedigree of their next opponents, the Saudis’ man of the moment believes they have every chance: “I think the team’s going to get better with every game. Uruguay are a very good side but we really believe we can win and go far.”