Quiz of The Week: 18 – 24 June

Boris Johnson woke up in Kigali this morning to two painful electoral defeats and the resignation of one of his closest allies. 

Political pundits are now speculating that Johnson could face a renewed challenge to his leadership, with the by-election results meaning that his authority in parliament is almost fatally diminished. And with the prime minister not set to return from the Commonwealth summit in the Rwandan capital of Kigali until next Friday, there is plenty of time for plotting for disgruntled MPs. 

Keir Starmer may be happy with last night’s results, but he hasn’t had the best of weeks either. Several of his own MPs have recently cast doubt on the Labour leader’s ability to connect with voters.

Away from politics, health stories have dominated the agenda. As Covid hospital admissions rise again and monkeypox continues to spread, the UK declared a “national incident” after another infectious disease was detected in London’s sewage system. In better news, The Week Unwrapped podcast had news of a new breakthrough treatment for cancer.

To find out how closely you’ve been paying attention to the latest developments in the news and other global events, put your knowledge to the test with our Quiz of The Week.

In other news this week:

  • Ukraine was declared a candidate for membership of the EU.
  • The first of two national rail strikes brought much of the network to a standstill on Tuesday and Friday.
  • The government announced plans to change the way the European Court of Human Rights is incorporated into UK law.
  • Boris Johnson announced plans to lift a ban on the creation of new grammar schools, introduced by Tony Blair.


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