Sunday round-up: the political week in 7 tweets

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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 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.

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.

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.