This week's UK news: 14 May 2010
14 May 2010

British politics gets interesting

We’ve just had a general election in the UK. After the votes were counted, it took four days for a new government to come into power.

The UK now has its first coalition government for more than 30 years. It is made up of the largest and third-largest parties in Parliament. The prime minister is David Cameron, who leads the right-wing Conservative party. The deputy prime minister is Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats who have not been in power for more than 70 years.

The government is made up of members of both parties, and there is lots of publicity about the good relationships between Cameron and Clegg. It is all very surprising. 

World Cup hopes for the UK

Britain has been working very hard to host the 2018 World Cup. Former England captain David Beckham took the bid to FIFA headquarters this week.

Beckham told FIFA that football is in the blood of British people. The bid includes 12 British cities where matches would be played, and says a British World Cup would make the most money.

Happy Families

Couples with children are less likely to divorce if the man helps at home. New research done at the London School of Economics shows that the more the man helps at home, the less chance there is of the marriage ending.

The risk of divorce is highest if the woman works and the man does not help in the house.

Car Trouble

A garage worker is in big trouble after taking a car on a test drive. He lost control of the car on a roundabout and it is now wrecked.

The problem is that the car is a Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, which costs around £245,000. It will be very difficult to replace as there is a two-year waiting list. The car’s owner is not happy.


by Susan Young


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