That £1bn hasn’t been spent yet.

In a quiet answer to a Written Parliamentary Question, the Treasury confirms that “it will be for the restored Northern Ireland Executive to determine” how to spend the £1bn secured by the DUP to prop up the Conservatives.

In other words, the cash will not be released until Sinn Fein and the DUP get back together at Stormont – if they ever can. That the DUP’s money does not come without strings adds another twist in assessing how long the Government can hold its majority together in the Commons.

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