Bitesized Blighty: May 24, 2019

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  • Theresa May has said she will quit as Conservative leader on 7 June, paving the way for a contest to decide a new Prime Minister. In an emotional statement, she expressed her "deep regret" in not being able to deliver Brexit, and she commented that being prime minister had been the "honour of my life". Mrs May said she would continue to serve as PM while a Conservative leadership contest takes place. Boris Johnson, Esther McVey and Rory Stewart have said they intend to run for the party leadership, while more than a dozen others are believed to be seriously considering entering the contest. Mrs May’s exit date means that she will still be Prime Minister when US President Donald Trump makes his state visit to the UK on 3 - 5 June.
  • An "extremely rare" 200-year-old gold sovereign is being sold by the Royal Mint for £100,000. The Royal Mint says the George III sovereign was one of 3,574 to be struck in 1819 and there are around only 10 left in the world. I t says the coin is being offered via a ballot on 12 July at the fixed price, reflecting its rarity and high quality. Potential purchasers will need to apply online before 28 June. They will also need to have their application approved before the winner is selected at random. The Royal Mint said the sovereign - minted in the year Queen Victoria was born - has been sourced and verified by its historic coin experts. Nicola Howell, director of consumer business at the Royal Mint, said the coin was an "incredible opportunity for those who want to own a piece of history". She said: "We know there are people in the UK and beyond who value such treasures.
  • The ICC Cricket World Cup gets underway next week across England and Wales, with the 10 best One Day International teams in the world competing to make it through this year’s amended group stage. For the first time in the competition’s history there is just one huge group which will see all the teams involved play each other, with the top four going into the semi-finals. The last two Cricket World Cups have been won by the home nation, with India winning in 2011 and Australia prevailing four years ago. This year, England have widely been seen as the favourites going into the competition. However, with some high profile controversies and injury troubles looking like they might have derailed the campaign, the final result of the competition is by no means a known quantity. The competition begins with a match between England and South Africa at The Oval in south London next Wednesday 30th May. 

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