What has happened this past week in the world of politics?
Unsurprisingly, Brexit has dominated much of this week’s news-cycles, but what else has been in the news?
1. US Government Shutdown
In the early hours of Friday morning, the US government shut down for the second time in the space of a few weeks. Disagreements in the senate on Friday caused the government to shut down once again, however, the matter was quickly resolved as reported by the BBC.
2. Labour’s by-election win
On Tuesday, a by-election took place for the Alyn and Deeside seat in the Welsh Assembly. The vote followed the death of Labour Welsh government minister Carl Sargeant. Labour won the seat on a low turnout, with Sargeant’s son Jack taking the seat with over 60% of the vote.
This victory tonight isn't about me, it's about our special community here in Alyn & Deeside. The community that my dad loved and was proud to represent - the community that I am now so proud to represent.— Jack Sargeant AM (@Jack4AandD) February 7, 2018
Thank you - the hard work starts now!#AlynandDeeside
3. Brexit forecasts
This week, figures emerged from government forecasts concerning the UK’s future outside the European Union, as reported by the BBC. The widely shared figures indicate that compared to remaining in the EU, a Brexit deal where the UK remains in the single-market would see the UK slightly worse off, according to the BBC. The figures also suggest that a free-trade deal scenario or a no deal Brexit situation would lead to an economic outcome with the UK being worse off compared to if it remained inside the European Union.
The full table from the government’s Brexit economic forecast showing projected lost growth with the North East predicted to be the worst hit part of the UK. Outside the single market the region will be hit twice as hard as UK as a whole and around five times as hard as London. pic.twitter.com/8w71Fk0Hjb— Richard Moss (@BBCRichardMoss) February 7, 2018
4. Council Tax Rises
On Thursday, the BBC reported that a new survey suggests that most councils in England plan on hiking council taxes to meet spending commitments.
5. Theresa May’s human-side?
The prime minister is often criticised for her one-dimensional persona and her robotic and repetitive rhetoric, however, in an interview with Junior Bake-Off winner Nikki Lilly on CBBC, the PM came across as human.
Junior #BakeOff winner Nikki Lilly has met some pretty inspirational people so far and now she can add the Prime Minister to the list!— CBBC ✨✨ (@cbbc) February 8, 2018
Here's Nikki getting the scoop on what @theresa_may's teenage years were really like and whether @BritishBakeOff beats @bbcstrictly... pic.twitter.com/lXq4tse2ut
6. Women’s Suffrage Centenary
Tuesday marked 100 years of property-owning women over the age of 30 getting the vote. The centenary was widely celebrated by politicians, and women who suffered in the struggle for suffrage were paid tribute to.
#100years ago in the UK, certain women became eligible to vote, & women were given the right to stand for Parliament. Amidst the celebrations, let's not forget those women that were excluded from voting for another ten years, & the women still denied a political voice even today.— Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) February 6, 2018
7. Rees-Mogg for PM?
Theresa May remains in office, and while she has lasted far longer than many commentators thought in the immediate aftermath of last year's snap general election, speculation about her future remains rife. Rees-Mogg remains the betting markets’ favourite to replace her and on Friday was asked if he was “measuring up the curtains” by Sky News’ Political Editor when delivering a petition to Downing Street.
Jacob Rees-Mogg is caught delivering a petition on foreign aid to Number 10 during @faisalislam's TV live. During the impromptu interview he denies "measuring up the curtains" and says he hopes Theresa May remains as PM "for a very long time" pic.twitter.com/2zX06twBdD— Sky News (@SkyNews) February 8, 2018