News in 5 Minutes: Liberal Democrats proclaim by-election victory over hard brexit, major world cities gear up for diesel ban, and the end of Goldsmiths career


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TODAY’S INSTALMENT (2 December) of the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes the Liberal Democrat’s victory over hard brexit, the world cities banning diesel and the end of a promising career.

Politics: Lib Dems oust Zac Goldsmith over “hard Brexit”

Pro-EU party claims shock win for anti-hard Brexit sentiment

The Liberal Democrats have ousted Conservative Zac Goldsmith from his Richmond Park constituency, in a shock result being touted by the new liberal MP, Sarah Olney, as a victory for opposition to “hard Brexit”. Goldsmith, a long time anti-Heathrow expansion campaigner, stood down forcing a by-election after the UK Governments decision to back the expansion. However, the by-election campaign quickly became a debate about the government’s handling of Brexit. Labour had a disastrous night, winning fewer votes than its membership in the constituency and losing their deposit.

News: Four world cities to ban diesel cars

End of diesel engine use by the middle of next decade

The mayors of four of the world’s most iconic cities have pledged to end the use of disiel cars and trucks in their towns by the middle of the 2020s. Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens are taking the unprecedented step in a bid to tackle pollution.

Sport: Row over Judy Murray claims of “organised objectors”

Over a thousand people object to Murray backed sports development

A row has broken out after Judy Murray, philanthropist and mother of Tennis star Andy Murray, said that a “small group of organised objectors” oppose the construction of a sports training complex she is backing between Dunblane and Bridge of Allan. Over a thousand people have objected to the complex, which they worry will see the destruction of greenbelt land.

Culture: Unseen Joan Eardley art on show in Edinburgh

New drawings and photographs on display in national gallery of modern art

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern art in Edinburgh is currently playing host to a range of “unseen” material by the renowned artist Joan Eardley, famous for her depictions of Glasgow children.

Weather: Warm and cloudy

Unseasonably warm weather continues

Call it global warming. Scotland is still seeing unseasonably warm weather with highs of 10 and 11 degrees, and it’s December. Don’t expect much sunshine though.

And another thing: It could have been a brilliant career




It’s easy to mock, so knock yourself out

So its all over Zac Goldsmith. His career couldn’t survive his bigoted dog whistle campaign for Mayor of London, making him just about the only politician of 2016 for whom racism didn’t mean electoral success.

Picture courtesy of Policy ExchangePhilip WilsonKasper ChristensenTomJames West

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