Monday 11th – Sunday 17th September - here’s what happened.
1. Norway’s election
The week began with election results from across the North Sea, with Erna Solberg’s right-of-centre alliance retaining its grip on the Storting.
This tweet from Solberg's Conservative Party summed up the win.
2. PMQs: Corbyn versus May
During the second Prime Ministers Questions of this parliamentary session, Jeremy Corbyn was on the political offence. He highlighted to the prime minister that inflation has hit 2.9% and that the pay rises announced by the government for police officers, as reported by the BBC, were still a pay cut in real terms.
3. DUP tuition fee votes
On Wednesday, it emerged that the DUP would be voting with Labour on tuition fees during an opposition day in the Commons, as tweeted below by Sky’s David Blevins.
The DUP will vote with Labour on NHS pay and tuition fees during debates. (Not binding motions so no breach of the Tory/DUP deal.)— David Blevins (@skydavidblevins) September 13, 2017
The Independent later reported that the DUP voted for the motion calling the government not to increase tuition fees.
4. Donald Trump’s wall reminder
No week goes by without a series of tweets from America’s president. On Thursday, Trump declared that his flagship wall policy was still going to happen.
The WALL, which is already under construction in the form of new renovation of old and existing fences and walls, will continue to be built.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2017
5. Jacob Rees-Mogg on food banks
On Thursday, the Guardian reported that prominent backbencher, and possible future Tory leadership contender, Jacob Rees-Mogg, said:
“And to have charitable support given by people voluntarily to support their fellow citizens, I think is rather uplifting and shows what a good, compassionate country we are.”
The comments led to a fierce backlash on social media.
Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott sums up much of the overall response:
6. Vince Cable’s tuition fees plan
The new Liberal Democrat leader outlined his plans for a graduate tax to replace the current loan repayment system for students studying in England in an interview with the Evening Standard on Thursday.
We need to move to a graduate tax in name and form. My interview in today's Standard: https://t.co/rUzo8Iud1X— Vince Cable (@vincecable) September 14, 2017
In the interview, he said:
“People don’t normally think of their future income tax obligations as debt. It’s that psychological thing that is quite problematic, and I would quite like to convert it into something that is not just a graduate tax in practice but a graduate tax in name and form.”
The Liberal Democrats' conference is taking place this weekend in Bournemouth.
7. London tube terror blast
The working week’s final day began with an explosion on a London tube train, with twenty-two people taken to hospital, according to the BBC.
Sky News reported that Mayor of London Sadiq Khan called the attack evil and cowardly in a statement.