The Weekly Report – 30/11/12

Andrew Thorpe-Apps reviews the week’s top stories.

More than 800 homes were flooded after heavy rain and strong winds hit parts of England and Wales. However, it was estimated that about 20,000 homes were saved by flood defences built in the past few years.

Lord Justice Leveson published his report on the culture, practices and ethics of the press. He recommended independent self-regulation backed up by legislation. David Cameron opposes the idea of legislation, while coalition partner Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband support it.

The government proposed a minimum price of 45p a unit for the sale of alcohol in England and Wales, in an attempt to tackle alcohol abuse. It follows similar proposals by the Scottish government, where 50p a unit has been proposed. There will be a 10-week consultation period.

Labour won three by-elections, holding its seats in Croydon North, Middlesbrough and Rotherham. UKIP came second in Middlesbrough and Rotherham, and finished third in Croydon North.

Energy minister Ed Davey unveiled the eagerly awaited Energy Bill, setting out plans for the UK’s new ‘low-carbon economy’. Household energy bills are likely to rise by over £100 by 2020 to help fund the plans.

Net migration levels to the UK fell significantly in the past year, from 242,000 to 183,000 in the year to March, official estimates have indicated. The reduction was principally due to a decrease in the number of foreign students.

The UN General Assembly voted to grant the Palestinians non-member observer state status. The UK abstained in the vote. It comes amid concerns that the Palestinians are trying to seek full statehood via the UN, rather than through negotiation as set out in the 1993 Oslo peace accords.

Nadine Dorries met Chief Whip Sir George Young on Tuesday to explain why she took part in a reality TV show. No decision has been made as to whether the whip will be restored.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was said to be suffering from a chronic lung condition after spending months inside a single-room office at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Jeremy Bamber’s latest High Court appeal has failed. He was convicted of murdering five relatives 27 years ago in Tolleshunt D’Arcy, Essex.

The Royal British Legion is spending over £9m on restructuring. A former manager criticised the plans as being a ‘total waste of resources’.

A French appeals court cleared US airline Continental of criminal blame for the July 2000 crash of a Concorde jet near Paris.

SAS sniper Sgt Danny Nightingale was released after the Court of Appeal suspended his sentence for illegally possessing a Glock pistol. The weapon was given to him by Iraqi soldiers he had been training in 2009.

And finally…

Around 80 puppies were seized and two people arrested during an RSPCA puppy trafficking investigation. The dogs, including French Bulldogs, West Highland Terriers and Pomeranians, were found during searches across Greater Manchester.



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