This week's UK news: 24 September 2009
24 September 2009

Television in the news

Two of the most popular shows are back on television, which people like. But unfortunately they are on at the same time on a Saturday evening.

The two shows are both talent competitions. The X Factor is looking for a new singer. Strictly Come Dancing teaches well-known people to do ballroom dancing, with a professional partner. Both will go on for weeks.

Both shows have a panel of judges. There is already an argument about the Strictly Come Dancing panel, where a very young woman replaced one older female judge. People are being very rude about the new judge.

Later in both competitions television viewers get the chance to vote for their favourites.


Senior lawyer breaks law

England’s most senior law officer has had a bad week. Baroness Scotland has been found guilty of breaking a law that she helped to create.

Baroness Scotland had employed a woman from Tonga to work in her home. The authorities have now found that the woman was an illegal immigrant and was not allowed to work here.

Baroness Scotland says she checked the woman’s documents, but she broke the law by not keeping a copy for herself. She was ordered to pay a £5,000 fine but has kept her Government job.


Ancient treasure found in field

Gold and silver treasures, which are 1,400 years old, have been found by a man on a farm. He was using a machine that discovers metal under the ground.

Experts are very excited by the find. It is the biggest collection of gold and silver of that age ever discovered. Most of the items are parts of weapons.

When historians examine the items properly they expect to learn much more about that period of history and the Anglo Saxons who lived in the UK at that time.


Politicians want to be noticed again

This is the time of year where political parties meet to discuss policy. This week was the conference of the smallest major party, the Liberal Democrats. 

They have surprised a lot of people by suggesting that people who own very costly houses should pay more. Houses worth more than £1m would be affected.

There will be an election in the next year, and all the parties are now trying to attract votes.


by Susan Young -


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