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Posted by: Jay Patel
21/04/2017

 

Theresa May calls shock snap general election. Despite promising no election until 2020, May announced this week “I have just chaired a meeting of the Cabinet, where we agreed that the Government should call a general election, to be held on 8 June.” This election comes as Britain enters one of the most uncertain periods in recent history. The SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon accused Ms May of the “most extraordinary U-turn” while others have argued it is a political move that demonstrates prioritising the interests of the Tory party over the country. According to sources, May has become concerned with Tory rebels and political opponents in the Commons and Lords potentially derailing the complex legislative programmes she must pass to lock in Brexit saying; “If we do not hold a general election now their political game-playing will continue, and the negotiations with the European Union will reach their most difficult stage in the run-up to the next scheduled election.” Adding - “Division in Westminster will risk our ability to make a success of Brexit and it will cause damaging uncertainty and instability to the country. So we need a general election and we need one now.” (Source: Independent)

Policeman killed and two wounded in Paris shooting. The attack happened just days before the first round of the French presidential election and has been described as “terrorist in nature” by President Hollande. The shooter drove his car up to a parked police van full of officers, got of out his car and opened fire using an automatic weapon. He was shot dead by police but not before killing one police officer and wounding two more. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack although there is no evidence to support this. France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor François Molins has said that the attacker’s identity had been verified and investigators were determining any possible accomplices. (Source: The Guardian)

Online campaign #billywhizz reaches donations of over £600,000. Billy Monger, a teenage racing driver, had both legs amputated after hitting a stationary car on the track whilst competing in the Formula 4 British Championship. Steven Hunter, head of Billy’s racing team at JHR Developments, described the crash as "heart-wrenching" and created the fundraising campaign to help the 17 year old “return to a full and active life”. F1 drivers Max Verstappen and Jenson Button both donated £15,000 to the fund and Billy's F4 former rival Devlin DeFrancesco made the biggest donation of £26,000. Hundreds of people have sent messages of support to the teenager, from Charlwood in Surrey, and a hashtag, #billywhizz, has been widely shared on social media. (Source: BBC news)

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