Weekly News Rundown Stories – Sunday 7th July 2024

Each week, Ben Hopkinson looks back at a serious, crazy, and happy news story from the past week.

Serious News

Following the voting that took place up and down the country, the Labour won their first election since 2005 with Tony Blair back then.

Labour (led by Keir Starmer) ended up with 412 seats, up from 210 – while Rishi Sunak’s Conservatives were down from 365 to 121.

In his first speech as Prime Minister, Starmer has said that his government will be “country first, party second” as he also mentioned the “lack of trust” that sits within politics.

Crazy News

A family has turned a dummy of Santa Claus into a dummy of England manager Gareth Southgate.

Found in a skip near their home in Rugby, the replica has gained positive attention despite the performance during this year’s European Championships.

Liam Clements’ parents were behind the idea as he explains: “About two months ago we were sat in the garden having a few drinks, my mum and dad had popped round. They walked down to their local shop, on the way back, there was a chap doing a house clearance, throwing a load of things away in the skip and basically, he had a life-sized Father Christmas. About five minutes after they left, they were back with my dad carrying a big Father Christmas and I said - ‘Brilliant. Let's convert that into a life-sized Gareth Southgate’”. 

Happy News

A nine-year-old double amputee who previously missed the King’s Garden Party due to a traffic jam was invited to a private gathering with Queen Camilla.

Tony Hudgell, from West Malling in Kent, was supposed to be at Buckingham Palace in May, but couldn’t make it past the M20 – but has had tea with the Queen in London.

Tony has also received the British Empire Medal for services to prevent child abuse – this comes after he had to have both legs amputated as he was abused as a baby – and has become the youngest recipient of a New Year Honour.

Speaking of how he bagged an exclusive meeting with the Queen, Tony says: “My mum put out a tweet and the Queen’s team replied, ‘so sad that you didn’t make the garden party today’. But we found out I was having a private one with another person called Lyla”.

Lyla is an eleven-year-old from North Yorkshire who is a brain tumour patient and missed the original date due to ill-health.


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