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News | Published January 12 2020

The Weekly Review: Jan 6 - Jan 11

Every Sunday, we bring together the most important stories of the week from across a wide range of sectors.

Politics

Labour’s National Executive Committee will convene on Monday to set the timetable and rules for the party’s upcoming leadership contest, including who will be eligible to vote in it.

Rebecca Long-Bailey has formally announced her entry into the Labour leadership contest.

Newly re-elected prime minister Boris Johnson is to meet with Ursula von der Leyen, the new president of the European Commission, at Downing Street.

Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Robin Newton, has said that Stormont will only be recalled if the political parties of Northern Ireland agree a deal that will restore power sharing.

The House of Commons has voted 330 to 231 in favour of Boris Johnson’s Withdrawal Agreement Bill and it will now advance to the House of Lords.

Economy

Chancellor Sajid Javid has announced that his first Budget in post will take place on March 11, 2020, with a promise to invest billions “across the country”.

Education

Schools inspectorate body Ofsted is pursuing a new approach to dealing with schools which have consistently achieved poor outcomes.

In September 2019, education secretary Gavin Williamson announced that schools rated “outstanding” by Ofsted would lose their exemption from routine inspections.

Transport

Deputy chairman of the government commissioned HS2 review panel, Lord Berkeley, has published an independent “dissenting report” saying there is “overwhelming evidence” that the costs of the project have spiralled “out of control”.

The Newton Aycliffe Hitachi plant in County Durham is set to cut 250 jobs, which Unite trade union officials say has come “completely out of the blue”.

Retail

The British Retail Consortium has revealed that retail sales have fallen for the first time since 1995 after a 0.1 per cent decline in total sales.

Environment

A report from a cross-party Parliamentary group suggests that banning plastic packaging could do more harm than good to the environment in the long run.


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