While You Were Watching #Reshuffle, Here's 11 Things You Missed

16/07/2014 15:55 | Updated 16 July 2014

While Westminster obsessed over Michael Gove's demotion sideways move, and the Daily Mail swooned over the height of Esther McVey's blow-dry, real things happened to real people outside in the real world.

Controversial legislation was whistled through parliament, damning statistics about the bedroom tax came out and a Conservative Mayor got wasted.

Here's what you might have missed:

  • 1 Controversial surveillance bill dubbed 'abuse of Parliament' clears Commons
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    Controversial emergency surveillance legislation has cleared the Commons after an extended sitting and angry exchanges alleging an abuse of parliament. A hard core of up MPs opposed the deal between the three main parties after the frontbenches agreed on the urgent need for new laws. The data retention and investigatory powers bill was agreed at third reading by an overwhelming majority of 416, after MPs voted 449 to 33 in favour.
  • 2 Almost 60% of households affected by the "bedroom tax" changes were in arrears as a result of the cut to their housing benefit
    The review found that there was widespread concern that those affected were "making cuts to household essentials" or incurring credit card or payday loan debts to make up the shortfall. The Government was accused of "sneaking out" the report on the day of the Cabinet reshuffle, and Labour described the policy as "cruel".
  • 3 House prices in London rose by a record annual rate of 20.1%
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    The average home in the capital now costs an eye-watering £492,000.
  • 4 The chair of the trust at the centre of the alleged "Trojan Horse" Muslim plot in Birmingham schools has resigned, with his entire board of trustees
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    Tahir Alam, of the Park View Educational Trust, made the announcement today outside the gates of Park View Academy just as the key reshuffle announcements were being made. Alam has always denied any wrongdoing and branded the investigations "a witch hunt".
  • 5 The number of people who commit suicide after being released from police custody has hit its highest level for 10 years
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    The youngest was aged 17 and another three were aged under 21, the IPCC said in its report. While the number of deaths during or after police custody, which are treated separately to suicides, fell to 11, the body said that mental health issues "remain a serious concern".
  • 6 A shipment of 200 tonnes of chemicals which were stockpiled in Syria to make lethal weapons has arrived in the UK to be destroyed
    The Royal Navy's Type 45 destroyer HMS Diamond originally acted as escort as the chemicals were shipped out of Syria by Norwegian and Danish vessels before being taken to Italy. Once assessed, the chemicals have been brought by merchant vessels to the UK without the need for extra security because of their industrial nature.
  • 7 The half brother of a senior Conservative MP has been charged over alleged historic sex abuse
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    Charles Napier, 67, from Dorset, is accused of one count of inciting a child to commit an act of gross indecency, Scotland Yard said. He is the half brother of MP John Whittingdale.
  • 8 A top Catholic state school attended by Nick Clegg's eldest son has been accused of discrimination
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    The London Oratory School has been heavily criticised by the Office of the Schools Adjudicator for prioritising children based on whether they sing in the choir, arrange flowers in church, serve at the altar or assist in pastoral work such as visiting the needy. "Diversity within the school is the lowest, or very nearly the lowest" out of 13 Catholic schools that were inspected, the OSA said.
  • 9 Young adults have "borne the brunt of the recession"
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    Young adults have had their wages and job chances hit far harder than older generations, an economic think tank has said. Among 22-30-year-olds, household incomes fell 13%. The over-60s saw almost no impact.
  • 10 This Tory mayor gets banned from pubs, forced to quit
    Wayne Ronayne was banned from 36 pubs in Gosport, Hampshire, by the town's Pub Watch following his celebrations for getting the mayoralty. He alleged to have been involved in "drunken" behaviour in his first day in office. The Conservative councillor, who denies that he was drunk, has decided to resign after his appeal against the decision failed. He told the BBC: "I was sober when I arrived and sober when I left. There was no argument. We left quietly and peacefully."
  • 11 The UK could lose billions of pounds every year if its infrastructure is not brought up to the standard of other developed countries
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    The RSA City Growth Commission claims that without further investment the economy could miss out on £90 billion every year by 2026. It has called for a revamp of transport, housing and broadband provision, with the priority on connections between northern cities.

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