“One of them is country, one of the others is LGBTI rights. I asked for a categoric assurance that if any deal or scoping deal was done with the DUP there would be absolutely no rescission of LGBTI rights in the rest of the UK, in Great Britain, and that we would use any influence that we had to advance LGBTI rights in Northern Ireland.
“It’s an issue very close to my heart and one that I wanted categoric assurances from the prime minister on, and I received them.”
Neil Carmichael, the former Conservative chair of the Education Select Committee, who lost his Stroud seat on Thursday, said Ms Davidson’s intervention was “absolutely right”.
Meanwhile Tom Tugendhat, the Conservative MP for Tonbridge and Malling in Kent, tweeted: “I joined a party that introduced equal marriage, backs civil rights and defends freedom of faith. “Those principles won’t be compromised.”
However, former cabinet member Owen Paterson played down the chances of significant social debates cropping up in the coming Parliament, although he hinted there might be a debate on reducing the legal time limit for abortion “as medical science advances”.
By Saturday evening more than half a million people had signed an online petition protesting against the Conservatives forming a Government with the DUP.