Every Monday we’ll be taking a look at the previous weeks news. Find out what you’ve missed in entertainment, politics, sport and more.
This week, we take a look at Bake Off moving to Channel 4, the Paralympics, Hinkley Point, new grammar schools and constituency boundary changes.
1. Bake Off creator leaving a sour taste with viewers
The Nation’s most watched TV programme is moving to Channel 4. The BBC has lost the contract to show The Great British Bake off, after it failed to secure a deal with Love Productions, GBBO’s creator. It is understood that the BBC offered £15m to keep the show (double what they currently pay), but Love Productions would not accept offers under £25m. Mel and Sue, the presenting duo, will not be moving ‘with the dough’ to Channel 4, meaning the current series will be their last. A petition to ‘Keep the Great British Bake Off on the BBC’, with Mel and Sue, has already gained 35,000 signatures.
You can sign it here: https://goo.gl/t8xkIz
2. Paralympics come to a close
Paralympics GB finish Rio on a high, with a grand total of 147 medals, 27 more than London 2012. The ‘superhumans’ have picked up 64 gold medals, 39 silver medals and 44 bronze medals. They finished second on the medal table, behind China. Dame Sarah Storey, Britain’s most decorated female Paralympian won three gold medals at Rio, taking her collection to 14.
3. Hinkley Point C gets the go ahead
The UK government has finally given the go ahead for Hinkley Point C. The French and Chinese financed nuclear power station will be built near Bridgwater next to the two existing facilities, Hinkley Point A and B. The new plant will deliver 7% of the UK’s electricity needs and should help us towards our climate goals. Hinkley Point will be the most expensive object on Earth, costing around £18bn, according to EDF, with some estimates even going as high at £24bn. The construction will provide 25,000 people with jobs and will employ 900 people upon completion. The project is expected to be generating electricity in 2025.
4. Kent school keen to be first new grammar
Meopham School has planned parent consultation on converting the non-selective secondary into a mixed-sex grammar school by 2018. On the 9th September, the Prime Minister announced plans to lift the ban on the creation of new grammar schools. The school explained that current pupils would not be affected, but those who would like to gain a place would have to take the Meopham Selection Test.
5. Do boundary changes affect your area?
Plans have been announced for big changes to parliamentary constituencies, which would see the number of MPs decrease from 650 to 600. One of the main reasons for the suggested changes, is to ensure fairer constituency representation. Some contain many more registered voters than others, making their say unequal. Out of the four local constituencies, Somerton and Frome, Wells, and Bridgwater and West Somerset are all facing changes, with only Taunton Deane remaining the same. A consultation is under way with final proposals being made in 2018.
The BBC has a handy postcode checker to find out what changes are proposed for your specific constituency. You can find it by clicking here.