The Week That Was – 10th-17th July 2016

I try to sum up the week’s events in bite-size form.


84 people are killed in a terrorist attack in Nice on Bastille Day when a French-Tunisian man deliberately drives a lorry into a crowd of people on the Promenade des Anglais.

In Turkey, an attempted military coup is put down by the government, with President Erdogan vowing to deal with those responsible. 294 people have died and many thousands of arrests have since been made.

Andrea Leadsom pulls out of the Conservative Party leadership race, leaving Theresa May the sole, uncontested candidate.

As a result, David Cameron tenders his resignation at Buckingham Palace and Theresa May becomes the UK’s new Prime Minister.

May forms her first Cabinet, sacking George Osborne, Michael Gove and Nicky Morgan, among others, and bringing in Boris Johnson and Andrea Leadsom, in what has widely been seen as a ruthless reshuffle.

Labour MPs Angela Eagle and Owen Smith launch their respective bids to challenge Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership of their party.

The funeral of Labour MP Jo Cox has taken place in her constituency of Batley and Spen.


Andy Murray wins his second Wimbledon title, defeating Canadian Milos Raonic in straight sets.

Portugal win Euro 2016 with a 1-0 victory over host country France in the final, despite their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo being taken off during the first half through injury.

Great Britain advance to the semi-finals of this year’s Davis Cup, beating Serbia 3-1 in Belgrade – notably without the help of Andy Murray, who was instead watching court-side.

Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson wins the Open in Royal Troon by three shots over Phil Mickelson of the US.

Tennis players Milos Raonic, Tomas Berdych and Simona Halep withdraw from the Rio Olympics over fears about the Zika virus.


The late musician David Bowie’s private art collection has been put on public display for the first time, ahead of being auctioned in November.

The new Ghostbusters film, featuring an all-female main cast, is released, to positive reviews.

Mick Jagger is to become a father again at the age of 72, after confirmation that his girlfriend, 29-year-old Melanie Hamrick, is pregnant.

Quote from the Week

‘I will be […] willing all of you on, because people come here with huge passion for the issues they care about. They come here with great love for the constituencies that they represent…Nothing is really impossible if you put your mind to it. After all, as I once said, I was the future once.’      David Cameron, at his final PMQs.

Alex Nicholson


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