Friday, 9 June 2017

The election week newsquiz: Give it a go

Well done Janet Boyle who was the top scorer in last week’s newsquiz with an impressive 20. Other notable scores were Steve Silk with 18, Dave Bromage and Gavin Devine who both scored 17. Those scoring 16 were Simon O’Neill, Dominic Hurst and Chris Lennon with a Personal Best. There are two stories that dominate this week’s quiz of course … the General Election and the terrorist attacks on London Bridge and Borough Market … but there were other things going on too. Anyway, as usual, there are 25 questions about the week’s events. Give it a go and let me know how you get on.

1. Theresa May announced she is to form a Government in the 'interests of the whole UK' after reaching an informal agreement with which party?
2. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called for Theresa May to resign saying 'The Prime Minister called the election because she wanted a mandate. Well the mandate she’s got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost ______.’ What is the missing word?
3. Which seat, held by the Conservatives since 1974, went to a third recount and became the last to declare a result?
4. Labour's Preet Kaur Gill became the UK's first what?
5. The biggest swing - 20.4 per cent - was in Gordon and saw which politician lose his seat?
6. Turnout in the election was up by 2 per cent and the highest since 1997. What percentage of eligible people voted?
7. Who resigned after finishing third with 3,308 votes - more than 10,000 fewer votes than in 2015 - in Boston and Skegness?
8. Which constituency was the first to announce a General Election result?
9. In an interview with ITN’s Julie Etchingham before the election, what did Theresa May say was ’the naughtiest thing' she had ever done?
10. Which position did Lyn Brown take over just before the election?
11. The three terrorists who drove a car into people on London Bridge were shot dead outside which Borough Market pub?
12. In a statement following the Borough Market attacks Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick said: 'The threat that they posed was neutralised within ____ minutes.’ What is the missing number?

13. Transport for London apologised for an 'insensitive mistake' following the London Bridge terror attack. What was the mistake?
14. Which country’s football team refused to take part in a minute’s silence for the victims of the London terrorist attacks before their World Cup qualifier?
15. Hundreds of people were locked inside which cathedral after a policeman was attacked by a man with a hammer?
16. The choir from which school made headlines for their moving performance of My Everything with Ariana Grande at the One Love concert in Manchester?
17. Which song, an encore at the One Love concert, has been released by Ariana Grande as a charity single to raise money for the Manchester benefit?
18. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt announced they were cutting diplomatic ties with which country, saying its citizens must leave their countries within two weeks?
19. Who cancelled two performances at the Royal Albert Hall after being rushed to hospital after falling in a hotel?
20. Hundreds of football fans were hurt when a loud bang caused panic and a stampede in which city?
21. Musician Tokio Myers won this year’s Britain’s Got talent but who finished in second place?
22. He played Clegg for 37 years and Wallace for 15 years. Who is he?
23. Best-selling author and illustrator Lauren Child was appointed to which role?
24. Former FBI director James Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee that his sacking by Donald Trump ‘rang in my ear as kind of Will no one rid me of this _____ _____?’ What are the missing two words?
25. Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and her husband, George, celebrated the birth of twins. Name them. Half a point each.

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