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Summary

  1. Talks continuing between the DUP and Conservative Party
  2. Deal between the two parties expected on Wednesday
  3. All-party talks at Stormont expected after Downing St deal

Live Reporting

By Ciaran McCauley and Fiona Murray

All times stated are UK

  1. Day two done and dusted

    So, another day of talks done and still no deal between the DUP and the Conservatives (although there were some selfies).

    All signs point towards an arrangement being signed off tomorrow.

    DUP Wesminster selfie

    Until then stay across BBC News NI online for all the latest and we'll have live coverage of all the action from London and Belfast on Wednesday.

  2. The state of play

    If things have been quiet in Belfast, it's all been happening in London.

    While there's been no deal confirmed yet between the DUP and Conservatives, all signs point torwards the two parties announcing an official arrangement tomorrow (once the formalities are sorted out).

    Stormont/Westminster

    Both Arlene Foster and Theresa May have been fairly tight-lipped about the process, but Mrs Foster says the talks have been about Brexit, counter-terrorism and "doing what's right for Northern Ireland".

    So we're all set for more talks in London, with all signs pointing towards no all-party discussions at Stormont until business is done at Downing Street.

  3. DUP aims matched by customs union and single market membership

    John Campbell

    BBC News NI Economics and Business Editor

    The policy that would achieve most of the DUP's economic positions on Brexit would be staying in the customs union "plus something very like members of the single market", according to a trade expert.

    EU flag

    Prof Alan Winters is the director of the UK Trade Policy Observatory at Sussex University.

    The party's manifesto listed several objectives on trading relationships with the EU, and members have said it would involve a new arrangements outside the single market and customs union.

  4. Talks centred on "Brexit, counter-terrorism and what's right for NI"

    Arlene Foster says that the DUP are hoping for a deal with the prime minister "sooner rathern than later".

    Arlene Foster

    She says the talks have been "very good" and are continuing this afternoon.

    Mrs Foster also says the discussions have been around "Brexit... counter-terrorism and then doing what is right for Northern Ireland in respect of economic matters".

  5. 'At least someone got a landslide'

    It's been all pretty serious here and in London since the election, but at least Theresa May managed to raise some laughter in the House of Commons as speaker John Bercow is re-elected unopposed.

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    Video caption: PM on Bercow: 'At least someone got a landslide'
  6. Dodds pays tribute to former SDLP MPs

    Speaking in the House of Commons as Parliament returns, Nigel Dodds - the DUP MP for North Belfast - pays tribute to those from Northern Ireland "who have not been re-elected".

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  7. Paddy Ashdown under fire over 'Ulsterman' comments

    Former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown has provoked a rebuke from UUP MLA Steve Aiken after he said on Friday that the prime minister should "never, ever put the country in the hands of an Ulsterman".

    Speaking to the Stephen Nolan show this morning, he said he was referring to a quote by Prime Minister Jim Callaghan in 1978.

    Paddy Ashdown

    He explained that it didn't mean that "all Ulsterman are bad" but that "the politics of Northern Ireland is specific and different, and it is not a good idea, however decent and honourable those politicians may be, to let sectarian issues affect the government of Britain".

    However, Mr Aiken said the comments were "sneering and condescending".

    He added: "Paddy Ashdown's comments were "offensive, crass and totally hypocritical given the willingness of the Liberal Democrats, who were only too keen to jettison some of their core principles, especially over tuition fees, for the tawdry opportunity to share power with Cameron's Tory government."

  8. PSNI launches electoral fraud investigation

    MPs are gathering in Westminster as we speak - but there are question marks over some of those elected in Northern Ireland after the police said it's investigation allegations of electoral fraud.

    Ballot box

    The SDLP raised concerns of alleged vote thefts in the Foyle constituency, where the party's candidate Mark Durkan lost to Sinn Féin's Elisha McCallion by 169 votes.

    The party says it has been contacted by people who told them they had already voted when they arrived at polling stations.

  9. 'Orange' or 'alright' future?

    Earlier, Chris Mason tweeted that Ian Paisley said "the future's orange" during a photocall for DUP MPs. But now there's some doubt over what the North Antrim MP actually said.

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  10. Arlene Foster's political career to date

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    Video caption: Who is the DUP leader Arlene Foster?

    A deal with the Democratic Unionist Party would allow the Conservatives to form a government. BBC News NI looks at party leader Arlene Foster's career to date.