Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Thursday 14 Jun 2012
HUNT SURVIVES COMMONS VOTE ON INQUIRY
Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt last night survived a House of Commons vote on a Labour motion calling for an inquiry into whether he broke ministerial rules over his handling of Rupert Murdoch's bid for control of BSkyB. The Labour motion was defeated by 290 to 252 votes.
PREMIER LEAGUE WINS BROADCASTING BONANZA
The Premier League has landed a television broadcasting rights bonanza of £3.02 billion over three years from BSkyB and BT, a new entrant into the field of football broadcasting. The deal is for 2013 onwards and represents a 71% increase on current broadcasting revenue. Clubs will reap at least £14 million more per year each.
WORK TO ESCAPE POVERTY, SAYS IDS
Employment secretary Iain Duncan Smith will today say that families will be lifted out of poverty if at least one parent works 35 hours per week thanks to universal credit. In a speech, he will criticise the previous Labour government's definition of poverty – which focused on median incomes – and say factors such as drug-dependency and long-term unemployment should be taken into account.
COURT ORDERS EGYPT PARLIAMENT DISSOLVED
Egypt's supreme court has said the country's lower house of parliament must be dissolved because the electoral system under which some of the seats had been won is "illegitimate". New elections will now have to be held. Separately, the court ruled that a law that would have barred Ahmed Shafiq, a presidential election candidate, from running for office, was unconstitutional.
SPAIN BORROWING COSTS SOAR
Spain is on course for a full financial bailout after the amount of interest it pays on 10-year government bonds hit the critical seven per cent mark following a credit rating downgrade. Moody's slashed Spain's sovereign credit rating by three notches to Baa3, just one level above junk, because the government this week announced it was borrowing €100bn to bail out its financial sector.
LANCE ARMSTRONG CHARGED IN DOPING PROBE
Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has been charged by the US Anti-Doping Agency with blood-doping, including previously unknown allegations of drugs-taking in 2009 and 2010. If the charges are proven, Armstrong will be stripped of his titles and be suspended from his current Triathlon competitions.
ASSANGE APPEAL THROWN OUT
The Supreme Court has thrown out WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange's application to reopen his appeal against extradition to Sweden, saying it was "without merit". Assange, who is wanted by Swedish authorities over alleged sexual misconduct, could now take his case to the European Court of Human Rights.
FALKLANDS WAR MARKED WITH SERVICE - AND ADS
Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has marked the 30th anniversary of the liberation of the Falkland Islands by placing adverts in the British press calling on the UK to negotiate on the territory's sovereignty and "give peace a chance". On the islands themselves, a service of thanksgiving was held to mark the end of the 1982 war.
LEVESON: CAMERON ATTACKS BROWN
David Cameron as told the Leveson Inquiry that Gordon Brown "cooked up an entirely specious and unjustified conspiracy theory" linking the Conservative Party to the Murdoch empire. He said that the allegations were like a "witch trial" where it was impossible to prove yourself innocent. He also stood by his decision to hire Andy Coulson as communications chief.
HOT TICKET: PINA BAUSCH'S GLOBAL DANCE
'World Cities 2012', a series of dance pieces by Pina Bausch's celebrated Tanztheater Wuppertal, has opened at Sadler's Wells and the Barbican. The influential German choreographer, who died in 2009, blended movement, sound and performance for these pieces inspired by ten world cities. Until 9 July. "Sheer magic," says The Evening Standard.