The Digest: 11/03/2016

Palace complains after ‘Queen backs Brexit’ story

Buckingham Palace have issued a complaint to the press watchdog after The Sun published a story claiming the queen backed a UK break from the EU. The article was written under the headline, “Queen backs Brexit” and detailed a ‘bust up’ between the Queen and pro-EU Nick Clegg, which apparently left “no room for doubt about her passionate feelings over Europe”. The claims came from anonymous sources, and Mr Clegg has since dismissed the story as ‘nonsense’ and the palace insists the Queen remains ‘politically neutral’. The Sun responded: “The Sun stands by its story, which was based upon two impeccable sources and presented in a robust, accessible fashion. “The Sun will defend this complaint vigorously.”


Jess Murray

Sanders storms to victory in Michigan

Bernie Sanders secured his biggest win yet in the Democrat presidential race by defeating Hillary Clinton in Michigan. Sanders won with 49% of vote to Clinton’s 48%, coming as a surprise to many considering Clinton’s vast majority in many of the other primaries. This latest success for Sanders suggests Clinton’s dominance among the African American vote is decreasing; he won 30% of this vote in Michigan. As well as boosting Sander’s campaign nationally, it also reduces Clinton’s chances of winning a large majority in the North, a feat yet to be achieved by her.


Katie Lowes


George Martin passes away at aged 90

“The Fifth Beatle” Sir George Martin died at his home on Tuesday. Ringo Starr broke the news on Twitter, as tributes for the record producer began to pour in. Paul McCartney said in a statement: “He was a true gentleman and like a second father to me. He guided the career of The Beatles with such skill and good humour that he became a true friend to me and my family. If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle it was George.” Sir George signed the Beatles to his record label in 1962, and is often credited with helping them achieve their success. BBC Arts editor Will Gompertz stated wrote: “Sir George Martin was more than simply the fifth Beatle, insomuch as there probably wouldn’t be any Beatles without him. He made them.”


Jess Murray


Power Station Collapse Leaves Three Missing

The equivalent of a ten-story building in Oxfordshire collapsed unexpectedly, killing one man and leaving three demolition workers unaccounted for, as well as injuring five others. Emergency services have since stated that it is “highly unlikely” the missing are still alive, and that a recovery operation could take months. The Npower building was in the process of being demolished when it partially collapsed, as an external demolition contracter was working on it. Ken Cresswell, 57, John Shaw, 61 and Chris Huxtable, 34, have been confirmed missing, and Mike Collings, 53 was killed by the collapse. Police have said “Our priority remains the recovery of their loved ones so they can be returned to their families and to understand what caused this incident.”

Jess Murray

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