Quiz of The Week: 18 July – 24 July

The release of the long-awaited Russia report by the Commons Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) has dominated the news agenda this week.

The ISC found that Downing Street “directly avoided” an investigation into allegations that agents of President Putin meddled in the Brexit vote.

Russia has made the news elsewhere this week, with reports emerging that a Russian cyberespionage group that hacked into election networks before the 2016 US presidential election is now attempting to steal coronavirus vaccine information from researchers in the US, UK and Canada.

Boris Johnson has hailed the “sheer might” of the UK union in its response to the coronavirus outbreak, visiting Scotland on Thursday to meet and thank the armed forces and their families.

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While international espionage and the global pandemic have dominated the headlines, they haven’t been able to completely push party political infighting out of the spotlight.

Labour leader Keir Starmer clashed with his predecessor, Jeremy Corbyn, for the first time, declaring Labour to be “under new management” as the party agreed to pay “substantial” damages to seven anti-Semitism whistleblowers.

With Labour now under Starmer’s leadership and Corbyn on the backbenches, the party has said that it would pay damages to whistleblowers who appeared on a BBC Panorama special last year, criticising the then-leadership’s handling of anti-Jewish racism complaints.

The forgotten spectre of Brexit also returned this week, with news that the UK government has reportedly given up on trying to strike a post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union.


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