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Here's What Happened Today: Friday

Voters go to polling stations, the end of Prime Minister Theresa May, and the Spice Girls return to the stage.

NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.


Spice Girls reunion tour Spice Girls Fans (back, l-t-r) Bella Flynn, Celine Buckley, Lisa Donohoe and Amanda Mulvaney, (front, l-t-r) Kellie Buckley and Gemma Collins. Source: Tom Honan


Theresa May becomes PM L-t-r: Theresa May at the beginning of her term in office as Prime Minister, and Theresa May today, when she announced her resignation. Source: PA Wire/PA Images

#THE END OF MAY: Theresa May has announced she will step down as Conservative leader on 7 June, paving the way for a Tory leadership contest. 

#FRANCE: A parcel bomb exploded in the French city of Lyon. There were a number of injuries, but no fatalities were reported, President Emmanuel Macron said.

#ME TOO: Disgraced Hollywood produced Harvey Weinstein has reportedly reached a provisional $44 million settlement with alleged victims and creditors. 


Theresa May’s Brexit deal was voted down in the worst House of Commons defeat in modern history; but her short tenure in office won’t be shorter than Gordon Brown’s – and more than that, it’s actually part of a pattern.

British broadcaster Michael Crick said that for the past seven decades, the UK has seen “a substantial, long-serving Prime Minister followed by lesser figure from same party who lasts roughly half as long”.

He cites: “Churchill-Eden; Macmillan-Home; Wilson-Callaghan; Thatcher-Major; Blair-Brown; Cameron-May. Only Heath breaks the pattern.”

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