Your Sunday night recap of what’s gone on in the world over the last seven days.
We know that news stories in the UK and throughout other countries can be far from easy to follow, which is why we’ve condensed it down to five bullet points. We try and pick out the most important news from the previous week, as well as something a little more lighthearted than the majority – there will always be something happy to read about in this (ever so slightly) stressed out world.
- Labour MP wins speaker vote. John Bercow, now ex-speaker of The House of Commons retired last week and Sir Lindsay Hoyle has been elected to replace him. There were six other candidates who took part in a secret ballot of MP’s. Sir Hoyle pledges to bring peace to the Commons after months of turbulent Brexit debates.
- The Met Gala theme for 2020 was revealed yesterday. About Time: Fashion and Duration will be the topic of this milestone event, with it being the 150th anniversary of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of the Costume Institute, told Vogue that the theme will present a “nuanced and open-ended” approach. “It’s a reimagining of fashion history that’s fragmented, discontinuous, and heterogeneous.” The Met Gala is held on the first Monday in May, which falls on May 4th 2020.
- Grace Millane’s murder trial has begun. Millane, 22, died on the night of her birthday while she was away travelling in Auckland in December last year. The 27-year-old man, who has not been named for legal reasons, allegedly strangled Millane during consensual sex after a tinder date, however prosecutors have now questioned if that was the case, why did he fail to call for help from emergency services. The trial is expected to be ongoing for at least four weeks.
- Jacob Rees-Mogg apologises for Grenfell comments after claiming that it would have been ‘common sense’ for the victims to have fled the Grenfell tower, even after being told not to. In a statement issued to The Evening Standard, he said: “I profoundly apologise.” He also said would have followed instructions from the fire brigade at the time, but in hindsight he doesn’t think anyone would have.
- All 39 people that were found dead in a lorry in Essex have been identified as Vietnamese nationals. Essex police have stated that a series of files had been shown before an identification commission with assistance of police officers, also confirming that the victims’ families had all been informed. HM Senior Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray has said: “May I take this opportunity to offer my deepest condolences to the victims’ families.”