DUP plans to vote with Labour on NHS pay and tuition fees

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They added that the party had decided not to fall into Labour's "trap", not least because the last time it voted against a similar Opposition Day debate it was accused of opposing higher pay for public sector workers.

The DUP's 10 MPs are set to vote with Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party for a "fair pay rise" for those who work in the NHS and against the government's planned rise in tuition fees, likely meaning a symbolic defeat for the government. "The Government failed to take the opportunity to scrap it explicitly".

Public sector pay is now dominating the political debate - and was the main issue at the TUC conference. While it's slightly embarrassing for the government to lose a vote, the motion was not binding - and it did not breach the £1bn Tory-DUP deal.

"We had no difficulty voting that way, and the Government understood that is how we were going to vote".

"It is not part of the confidence and supply arrangements. So we will make our decisions on a case-by-case basis in those cases that aren't covered by the confidence-and-supply agreement".

Conservative sources insisted they were "pretty relaxed" about the outcome of the debate, which does not require the Government to change policy.

Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb said: "The scrapping of the public sector pay cap is long overdue - this defeat should serve as a wake-up call". Police officers and police will enjoy raises above one percent for the first time since 2010, with May ready to show "flexibility" on pay for other public sector workers in 2018/19.

But the move, announced on the same day figures showed the inflation rate had reached 2.9%, did little to ease the criticism of the Government's pay restraints. The pay cap is hitting morale and recruitment across the health service.

Some of the ten DUP MPs were among those to sign a Commons motion, earlier this year, against the pay cap in the NHS.

Earlier in the debate, DUP MP Ian Paisley had told MPs his party would support the motion.

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner, raising a point of order after the fees proposal was backed in the Commons, said: "The vote today reflects it's the will of this House that the increase in tuition fees be reversed".

Theresa May's minority Government was accused of "running scared" after allowing a second Labour-led motion to be approved by MPs.



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