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Saturday, 25 May 2024 – 00:07

Emergency efforts, political crisis and Boris’ second full week as PM: previewing a week in politics

The UK Parliament is in recess, but there’s still plenty to watch out for this week in politics both in the UK and across the world.

Whaley Bridge Dam

Work is continuing around the clock in order to fix a damaged dam at risk of bursting and flooding the Derbyshire town. More than 1,000 homes have been evacuated since Thursday and large concern still remains over the situation.

On Sunday, people were briefly allowed into their homes to collect some possessions and pets, though this was stopped just after 10am on Sunday, citing the high risk to life. The army, RAF police and fire and rescue services have been putting large efforts into reducing the reservoir levels. The risk of adverse weather including storms on Sunday evening has caused further concern over the situation.

Residents have been advised that they could be out of their homes for at least 7 days.

Crisis In Russia

Russia’s biggest political crisis in several years is continuing to escalate ahead of next month’s local elections. For the second consecutive weekend, police in Moscow conducted mass arrests of those participating in an unauthorised rally in Moscow called by opposition leaders to demand the inclusion of independent candidates in the local elections.

Protests have been taking place in central Moscow for several weeks now to protest the rejection of independent candidates by the Moscow Election Commission.

The woman driving Russia’s opposition protests, Lyubov Sobol was arrested on Saturday before she could reach the rally. The election is due to take place on September 8. 

Boris & Brexit

Boris Johnson will no doubt be continuing to plan for Brexit this week in his second full week as PM, both in the terms of preparing for no-deal and trying to persuade the EU to negotiate a new deal. Meanwhile, it is understood that some other MPs, including amongst the Conservatives, are making plans for the blocking of a no-deal exit, which is currently the default in law.


Photo Credit: Peter Fuller licenced under (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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