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Gay Conservative Ruth Davidson had a hilarious put-down for the DUP

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Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has spoken about getting ‘into bed’ with the Democratic Unionist Party.

The UK Conservative government is being propped up via a confidence and supply deal with the DUP, a hardline ultra-conservative party from Northern Ireland.

A number of the DUP MPs who the Conservatives are dealing with have expressly homophobic views, while the party has employed peace process powers to block equal marriage in Northern Ireland.

Ruth Davidson, who leads the Conservatives in Scotland, was asked about the DUP during an interview with The Times Red Box.

Asked about the Conservative Party getting into bed with the DUP, the gay party leader joked: “I’m not sure [DUP leader] Arlene Foster would be comfortable with the idea of being in bed with me.”

Ruth Davidson

She added of the deal: “I think it was quite important to me that it wasn’t a formalised coalition. I think it’s good that it’s an agreement and not that.

“I wasn’t part of the negotiation so I can’t speak knowledgeably about that, but I did speak very early on after the election to the Prime Minister when there was talk about such a deal going through. I said I would be deeply uncomfortable with that.

“I also said that in terms of the LGBT community, we needed to ensure that as a party, we demonstrated that we would never roll back on the advancements made in the rest of the United Kingdom, and that we would use any influence that we had to advance further LGBT rights in Northern Ireland itself.”

The Conservative government moved quickly after the election to confirm a swathe of LGBT rights reforms, relaxing the gay blood ban and reviewing .

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Davidson said: “You’re seeing some of the work that Justine Greening is doing on trans rights, you’re seeing that work that’s going on.

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