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Monday, 24 June 2024 – 07:29

Week in review: Resignations and suspensions in Westminster

In the UK

Diane Abbott suspended

Long-serving Labour MP Diane Abbott has been suspended from the Labour Party over allegations of anti-semitism. Abbot – who served as shadow home secretary under Jeremy Corbyn – was suspended after a letter she wrote to the Observer was published. In it she stated that Jewish people do not suffer from racism. The backlash was immediate and furious, with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer immediately removing the whip.

Dominic Raab ousted

Former Justice Secretary and deputy prime minister, Dominic Raab, resigned from both roles this week following a long-awaited report into bullying allegations. Raab had been accused of bullying civil servants and had stated he would accept the findings of the report. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was said to be deciding on the action to take when Raab resigned.

Despite resigning, Dominic Raab hit out after his departure. He accused the civil servants of having an agenda against him and stated that there was a culture that prevented him from driving through change in the department for justice. He was replaced as justice secretary by Alex Chalk.

CBI Controversy

The Confederation of British Industry – an influential business organisation – has been mired in a sexual misconduct scandal which seen many significant businesses pull out. Businesses such as John Lewis, BP and BMW have all pulled out in the past week.

Allegations of rape had been made by two women against men at the CBI. The businesses had pulled out following the CBI’s handling of the allegations, which also saw the head of the organisation dismissed on 11th April.

Government emergency alert

On Sunday afternoon the government tested the new emergency alert system. The test saw millions of phones issue a siren sound at around 3pm, before displaying a message about the test.

It is expected that the system will be used in the future to alert people of dangers near them and provide information on how to stay safe.

Further afield

Sudan

Sudan has been mired in conflict which has led to most nations pulling their diplomatic staff from the country.

The ongoing conflict is between the Sudanese military and a paramilitary group known as the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). It is estimated that around 500 people have been killed in the violence since it broke out on the 15th April.

Twitter

Twitter removed blue ticks for non-paying users earlier in the week, only for some to later be reinstated. It appears that the new policy is that users with over 1m followers will automatically have the blue tick, as well as Twitter blue subscribers.

It also seems that Elon Musk is personally paying for the blue ticks of some users that he wants to retain the verification mark, but does not meet the requirement.

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