[smiths] politics sub-editors Alley and Shaun summarise last week’s major news stories in the fifth instalment of ‘Top 10 Stories of the Week.’
1. Reckless right wing voting in the Rochester by-election
The electorate in Rochester re-elected the defected conservative Mark Reckless as a member of UKIP, growing the party’s seats from a dismal one to the parties highest ever amount of seats, two.
2. Iran nuclear talks unsuccessful in Vienna: deadline extended to end of June
Six world powers, including the UK, USA and France, have asked Iran to lessen their nuclear programme in return for lifting sanctions. The talks in Vienna have been unsuccessful but promising, therefore negotiations will continue until the end of June.
3. Labour MP resigns after controversial tweet
Emily Thornberry, the now ex-shadow attorney general, resigned from her post after severely damaging party reputation due to the controversial ‘white van man’ tweet during the Rochester by-election.
4. Obama’s immigration speech controversies
On Thursday 20th November, Obama made a speech about his executive decisions concerning immigration policy in America. He has promised to halt deportations and allow citizenship of illegal immigrants. However, this has proved very controversial, as some major television networks refused to air his speech and some immigrants naturally feel hard done by: a troubling result.
5. Accusations of extremism in East London faith schools
The chief inspector at Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has received mixed reactions after stating that a number of independent muslim faith schools may be at risk of extremism and radicalisation.
6. Ukraine’s crisis – not just political
Since the first demonstrations that toppled the Ukrainian president and sparked the crisis almost a year ago, a new kind of businessman has risen: the black market trader. These salesman illegally buy and sell currency for a profit and have boomed over the course of the crisis.
7. Church Of England approves women bishops
The church of england has shown a change in culture after passing legislation in the Synod, allowing for the senior role of a bishop to be taken up by women. It is thought the first appointment could be coming early next year.
8. US defence secretary resigns
Vietnam veteran and former Republican senator, Chuck Hagel, has resigned from his position as US defence secretary and head of the Pentagon after alleged disagreements with Obama.
9. UK denies visa entry to controversial pick up artist Julian Blanc
A petition with over 150,000 signatures asking for the denial of the visa to Julian Blanc has proved successful. The ‘vitriolic,’ ‘abhorrent’ and ‘sexist’ practices of Blanc, as described by many activists, will not be coming to UK shores.
10. Israel/Palestine update
After the synagogue bombing in Jerusalem, there seems to be ‘no light on the horizon’ for the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
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