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Ruth Davidson dismisses Scottish Tories breakaway claim

10 June 2017

Scotland's Finance and Constitution Secretary Derek Mackay, who directed the SNP's election campaign, told the same programme: "The First Minister has said that she'll reflect on the result but the fact that another Tory government that Scotland has not elected will rule over us with policies that Scotland just doesn't support I think has been another lesson on why Scotland should have a choice".

In an early indication that she might seek a greater influence in the United Kingdom party, Ms Davidson said on Friday she had been given assurances that any Conservative deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) would not affect LGBTI rights.

Theresa May assured Scottish Tory leader, Ruth Davidson, LGBTI rights are safe under coalition government with the Democratic Unionist Party.

Many commentators focused on the DUP vetoing the introduction of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland in 2015, in opposition to the rest of the United Kingdom, and in stark contrast to this country which voted in favour of same-sex marriage in a referendum.

The performance of Tories north of the border was in marked contrast to that in England and Wales where Prime Minister Theresa May lost her majority in the House of Commons.

The leader of the Scottish Conservatives has rejected claims that she will break away from the London-based party in the wake of the disastrous general election result.

"I was fairly straightforward with her and I told her that there were a number of things that count to me more than party".

"They've vetoed same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland five times".

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In a short statement outside Downing Street after an audience with the Queen, Mrs May said she would join with her DUP "friends" to "get to work" on Brexit.

It is thought Mrs May will seek some kind of informal arrangement with the DUP that could see it "lend" its support to the Tories on a vote-by-vote basis, known as "confidence and supply".

A spokesman for the Scottish Conservatives said: "The reality is that the party in Scotland already has autonomy and has done for the last few years.

It is incumbent on us to listen to other parties in parliament and to people outside it about the best way forward", she told reporters.

Who are the DUP?

The party, which returned 10 MPs to Westminster, has garnered a reputation for its strong, sometimes controversial views.

The Scottish Tory leader hopes to convince the DUP to allow same-sex marriages in Northern Ireland.

Ruth Davidson dismisses Scottish Tories breakaway claim