MM’s Year in Review: December

Rail strikes: The RMT union have announced extra strikes over the Christmas period, with train and station staff expected to work out on Christmas Eve until the 27th December. A new deal was made to the union on Sunday, but the union is advising members to reject it, due to the pay offer being well below the price of inflation and not including reform the RMT is seeking to secure.

World Cup winners: The Qatar World Cup ended with a nail-biting final between France and Argentina and the South American emerged victorious following a penalty shoot out. Captain Lionel Messi was subsequently crowned BBC Sports Personality’s World Sport Star of the Year.

Rugby Union: After seven years in charge, England’s head coach Eddie Jones was sacked earlier this month and his successor former Leicester Tigers coach Steve Borthwick was appointed on December 19th. Following the announcement, Borthwick said his priority is to prepare for the Six Nations, with England starting their campaign against Scotland at Twickenham on February 4th.

Labour promises: Leader of the opposition Sir Keir Starmer and former PM Gordon Brown launched a report outlining constitutional change to the UK if Labour were to win the next general election. The report outlines 40 recommendations, with the abolishment of the House of Lords and further devolution included.

Terry Hall death: The Specials frontmanTerry Hall died on December 19th following a short illness, aged 63. The singer found fame in the 1970s and 80s with hits like Ghost Town, Gangsters and Too Much Too Young. He left The Specials in 1981 to form Fun Boy Three with fellow-bandmates Neville Staple and Lynval Golding.

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