What's been happening this past week in the fast-paced world of politics?
1. Donald Trump's budget tweets
On Thursday evening, the US budget passed in the senate. The budget will pave the way for significant tax cuts, as tweeted by the US president.
The Budget passed late last night, 51 to 49. We got ZERO Democrat votes with only Rand Paul (he will vote for Tax Cuts) voting against.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2017
....This now allows for the passage of large scale Tax Cuts (and Reform), which will be the biggest in the history of our country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2017
2. Austria’s election
Last Sunday, Austria’s centre-right OVP emerged as the country’s largest party. Its leader, Sebastian Kurz, looks set to become the world’s youngest leader, at the age of 31.
3. Lower Saxony election
Less than a month after Germany’s national election, the state of Lower Saxony went to the polls. The result was a blow to Angela Merkel, as her party lost to the centre-left SPD who made gains. The far-right AfD also made progress at the election, although not to the same extent they gained in September.
4. Mhairi Black’s speech
The House of Commons’ youngest MP, the SNP’s Mhairi Black is known for giving passionate speeches. Her 2015 maiden speech was shared widely on social media.
This week, Black took a strong stance against the Conservatives, calling on the government to “halt” the role out of universal credit. You can watch the speech here:
The Government must halt the accelerated rollout of Universal Credit now or people will suffer completely unnecessary hardship. pic.twitter.com/XQ6DMx0UQr— Mhairi Black MP (@MhairiBlack) October 18, 2017
Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) October 18, 2017
6. That Survation poll
The latest Survation poll puts Labour on 44% - six points ahead of the Conservatives on 38%. Time will tell if the poll is an outlier or if it marks the start of a strong and stable lead.
Full Voting Intention was: LAB 44% (+2); CON 38% (NC); LD 7% (-1); UKIP 4% (NC); SNP 3% (-1); GRE 1% (NC); PC 1% (NC); AP 2% (NC)— Survation. (@Survation) October 18, 2017
7. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
In a significant victory for centre-left politics across the globe, New Zealand’s Labour party struck a deal with the New Zealand First party, a move that returns Labour to power after nine years of National-rule. Incoming Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is just 37 years old and only became her party’s leader in the last few months. Can she live up to the hype once in government?