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this is bbc news. i'm maxine mawhinney. the headline that lipm. education secretary justine greening has been heckled by headteachers at their annual conference after she defended plans for new grammar schools. the european commission president says he hopes one day britain will rejoin the eu. i would like to be in the same boat with the british. the day will come when the british will re—enter the boat, i hope. food writerjack monroe wins £24,000 libel damages from columnist katy hopkins over defamatory tweets. i'm simon mccoy. coming up... coming up... bt bows to demands to run a legally separate broadband operation. bt bows to demands to run a legally separate and how do you like your live music? a new study aims to tell us about our musical tastes good afternoon and
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welcome to bbc news. the education secretary justine greening has been heckled by angry headteachers after she defended government plans for more grammar schools in england. ms greening was addressing the association of school and college leaders conference in birmingham. she insisted that grammar schools helped disadvantaged children close what she described as "the attainment gap". but the headteachers general secretary attacked the grammar school plans, saying there was "no evidence" they would raise standards or improve social mobility. ms greening also faced criticism from heads over schools funding. they say lack of money is pushing up class sizes and forcing them to cut gcse subjects. 0ur education correspondent gillian hargreaves reports. peter woodman at the weald school might be a head teacher, but he still likes to work at the chalk face, partly because he enjoys it and partly because it saves money for the shcool. the only reason we can survive is we
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are carrying forward money from last year, if the government stick to their pledges with the cash flow and budget, we will be making cuts of around £70,000 every year, year on year. peter is one of dozens of heads in southern england who wrote to parents informing them of the impact of cuts. in a poll of more than 1000 members of the union almost three quarters said they had had to make cuts to gcse or vocational courses in the last 12 months. the most common subjects to have been removed were design and technology, performing arts courses, music and german. many teachers reported bigger class sizes to save money. headteachers gathered in birmingham this morning for the first ofa series of teachers‘ conferences where cuts dominate the conversation. it's the first time education secretary justine greening has laid out the government's case about how schools should operate in these straitened times. the education secretary justine greening has told
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headteachers that while there is no more money she will do her utmost to help them ease their way through the worst financial pressures in schools for 20 years. it's really annoying to find government constantly saying funding has never been higher. that's true because we've got more students and because of inflation. we've got an 8% cut and we're expected to continue delivering quality. how difficult is it at your school? i think like many schools across the country we are all struggling to make ends meet. it's absolutely dire, we're having to make cuts to our curriculum and it's untenable, really. the government points out class sizes are at their lowest level for a decade and that £40 billion is being spent on schools in england this year, the highest cash figure ever. gillian hargreaves, bbc news. the acting general secretary of the association of school and college leaders malcolm trobe joins us now from birmingham. heckling the education secretary,
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you are one of the more moderate unions! we are very much, we take a very sort of moderate view on most aspects. what we have been saying today very, very clearly, are issues about our major concerns about school funding, because that is forcing school leaders to increase their class sizes, to reduce support services for young people, and to remove courses at gcse and a—level. we made our point very clearly to the secretary of state related to that in my speech and in questions today. why is the issue of selective education and raising so many hackles 7 education and raising so many hackles? i think, quite education and raising so many hackles? ithink, quite clearly, because our members look at the evidence that is around related to
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selective education. is not a criticism of people any existing grammar schools, we are saying there is no substantive evidence to show that increasing the amount of selection in schools will improve either social mobility or improve either social mobility or improve the overall educational standards basically across the education system. our members made those points very clearly and strongly to the secretary of state today. she said we have to recognise forgrammars in today. she said we have to recognise for grammars in terms of disadvantaged children, they really do help, closing the attainment gap. she is talking nonsense, is she? no, what she's saying is they are looking at a range of evidence. what we're saying is, the most significant evidence is there is increasingly a number of selective schools that will not increase overall, in any way, improve social
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mobility or address the issue about raising standards across the educational system. at the moment we are waiting for the outcome of the consultation, it finished some time ago, on the schools for everyone. we had afunding ago, on the schools for everyone. we had a funding announcement this week without any indication what was going to happen to the system. what we're now doing is making our case clearly as to what we believe the evidence to be, that means increasing selection will not have the desired impact. we are waiting to see what the outcomes of that are, when we see the consultation response. in terms of funding, in terms of how schools are coping, how bad are things? what you've effectively had is what we call flat cash. no increase whatsoever in the
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per—pupil amount schools have been receiving the last five years. some gra nts receiving the last five years. some grants have gone, so schools face a real terms cut. when you look at independent evidence from the national audit office, the national audit office says an 8% funding reduction in real terms on schools before 2020. the institute for fiscal studies produced a report last week to say six and a half percent reduction between now and the next general election. you're seeing all of those reductions in terms of hitting schools when there is no extra money coming in. cost pressures have shot up and employers contributions to pensions and national insurance have gone up. all pay rises have been underfunded, there is no money therefore general inflation. so the impact of that has been that cuts have to be made to schools, that means staff numbers
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are going down, schools are having to cut teachers. if you cut teachers you are cutting courses, examination courses for youngsters at 16 and 18. therefore reducing their subject options, the choices they are able to have. news coming in from the world of motorsport, john surtees the only man to win the formula 1 motorcycle grand prix title has died. he became the first british driver in 1964 to win the world championship in formula 1 and grand prix motorcycling. his career overshadowed by the death of his son ina overshadowed by the death of his son in a motor rating accident in 2009. we'll have a closer look at the life ofjohn surtees we'll have a closer look at the life of john surtees later this we'll have a closer look at the life ofjohn surtees later this hour. the president of the european commission jean—claude juncker has said that he hopes that one day britain will re—join the european union. he was speaking at the end of a
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meeting of 27 eu leaders in brussels, the last summit before the uk is expected to trigger the start—up brexit at the end of march. i don't like brexit because i would like to be in the same boat as the british. the day will come when the british will re—enter the boat, i hope. but brexit is not the end of the european union, nor the end of all our developments, nor the end of our continental ambitions. i had the impression when talking privately to colleagues and listening to the debate we have in the room that on the contrary the brexit issue is encouraging the others to continue. unfortunately without the british. and i've seen in more or less all our member states that the approval of european integration is having a larger adherence of the
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population. so brexit is not the end. i regret it, it's not the end, we continue. 0ur europe correspondent, ben wright, is working in brussels for us: jean—claude juncker saying in his press c0 nfe re nce jean—claude juncker saying in his press conference is sad britain has left the boat, as he described it, but hopes one day it will be joined. suggesting brexit might not be for life after all, though nobody expects that to happen for many yea rs, if expects that to happen for many years, if at all. even though brexit hasn't begun yet, won't formally happen, the negotiations won't start until theresa may writes to the european council and hands in britain's notice. there is a sense the separation has already started. business not quite as usual this morning, as 27 eu heads of government gathered without britain. within weeks the uk will start to unpick its decades long relationship with the eu and try to build a new one. everyone here expects the divorce to be difficult. a crucial player on the eu side
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will be this man, donald tusk, re—elected yesterday to the job of president of the european council, which represents eu leaders. in a fortnight eu leaders will meet in italy to celebrate 60 years since the treaty of rome was signed, a foundation stone of the european union. but brexit will undoubtedly overshadow the party. theresa may who left the summit last night insists she will trigger the start of brexit by the end of the month. the foreign secretary borisjohnson has been clear about one aspect of the talks to come. the future cost of access to eu markets. it's not reasonable, i don't think, for the uk, having left the eu, to continue to make vast budget payments. i think everybody understands that and that's the reality. and from the other side of the negotiation an idea from a senior mep who is not a negotiator but will represent
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the european parliament during brexit. he said there could be some way for european citizens who want it to retain their eu identity. many uk citizens say i want to continue to have my eu citizenship and i think we need to examine what type of special arrangement we can make for these individual citizens, who want to continue their relationship with the european union. how that might work in practice is anyone's guess. we're on the brink of negotiations that have never been attempted before. the risks for both sides are high. let's cross to brussels and our europe correspondent, ben wright. we know the uk will not be seeking to remain in the single market, for instance. very, very soon that rhetoric will be tested around the negotiating table. theresa may has insisted she will get a great deal for britain. the eu insists they will get a great deal for them.
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crucially, one that acts as a warning to other countries not to leave the club. i get a sense talking to people over the last 24 hours the eu is very much ready for this, waiting for theresa may's formal letter to a growing article 50. we may within two or three days get a leaked draft of how the european commission are going to be approaching these negotiations. it'll quickly move from what has felt like a phoney phase too hard, tough negotiations about the divorce, which clearly is going to be quite hard to finalise. ben wright working very hard for us in brussels. the former british formula 1 and motorcycle world champion john surtees has formula 1 and motorcycle world championjohn surtees has died at the age of 83. andy swiss takes a look back at his career. hot favourite after wins in 1958 and 59, number three, john surtees, hot favourite after wins in 1958 and 59, numberthree, john surtees, on
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the mv four. rocketing away. it was a natural racer, skilful and determined. just as fast on two wheels as he later became an four. in his ferrari, john surtees, and abba seven, going like a bomb. leading the ten cars are still in the race. encouraged by his father, motorcycle dealer and former sidecar champion, young john won his first race at the age of 17. with british motorbikes dominating racing his future looked secure with norton, but they refused to back him for the 1956 season, so he went to italy. between 1956 and 1960 surtees dominated the 50 cc and 500 cc classes. the master has done it again. winning seven world championships. john surtees is the hero with a double in the first classic meeting of the year. on his way to win his sixth cc and first
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successful senior tt. he became the first man to win the senior isle of man tt three years running. is this your life ‘s ambition now achieved? not really, i suppose. i don't set out with definite ambitions, ijust try and do my best whatever i do. he switched to cars full—time in 1961, driving a cooper. 0nce switched to cars full—time in 1961, driving a cooper. once again he had to go to italy to find success. this time with ferrari. the man flagged in thursday's john time with ferrari. the man flagged in thursday'sjohn surtees. time with ferrari. the man flagged in thursday's john surtees. second place in mexico clinched the 1964 world championship. 0ne place in mexico clinched the 1964 world championship. one year later he almost died when his lola crashed in practice in canada. flown back to london he eventually made a full recovery. i'm not attaching too much importance to this. although i think it is important that in time i do sort of managed to fit in the four movements. his last grand prix
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victory was at monza in 1957. single—minded and deeply committed, is talent won him a unique place in motor racing history. by the time i was retiring and still hadn't reached my absolute peak. but i'd achieved my main ambitions. because the most important thing i have to do in life is not satisfy other people, it's satisfy myself. john surtees who has died at the age of 83. the headlines on bbc news. education secretaryjustine 83. the headlines on bbc news. education secretary justine greening has been heckled by headteachers at their annual conference after defending her plans for new grammar schools. the european commission president says he hopes one day britain will rejoin the eu columnist katy hopkins has been ordered to pay £24,000 in libel damages to the food writer jack monroe over two defamatory tweets.. in sport, john surtees, the only man
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to win the formula 1 and motorcycle world titles has died, aged 83. surtees, who won the f1 championship in 1964, to add to his four motorcycle world titles, passed away peacefully this afternoon according to his family. a leaked draft report ofan to his family. a leaked draft report of an investigation into british cycling has described a culture of fear, with more focus placed on winning medals than the well—being of staff and athletes. the organisation admits it failed to pay sufficient care and attention. 0wen farrell remains a doubt for the england six nations match against scotla nd england six nations match against scotland tomorrow after missing training today. he'll have until an hour before kick—off to prove his fitness. more on all of that at half past four. a food writer has won twenty four thousand pounds damages in a high court libel action against the controversial newspaper columnist, katie hopkins. jack monroe, a food blogger who also campaigns over poverty issues, claimed tweets from the former apprentice contestant caused
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"serious harm" to her reputation. speaking outside court a short time ago, jack monroe said she's relieved the ordeal is finally over. it's been a very long process getting from there to here. relieved that it's over, very thankful that justice has been done. there's no question in any one's mind that what was said was wrong. but the law is not always on the side of what people deem to be right and wrong. i'm just very grateful that it's been dealt with and that i can move on. the case has taken 21 months to settle in court. 0ur correspondent david sillito says the drawn out process contributed to today's outcome. absolutely, that's one of the things jack monroe says has been most upsetting, is how long it has taken to sort out, because she said when the tweets went out in may 20 15th all she wanted was an apology.
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£5,000 as recompense. so far, she says, she's heard nothing from katie hopkins, there has certainly been no apology. what this is all about, two tweets, two yea rs apology. what this is all about, two tweets, two years ago. it was an argument on twitter about what was some graffiti on the women's war memorial. katie hopkins sent a tweet, incorrectly, misdirected to jack monroe, saying she thought she approved of the defamation and graffiti on the war memorial. it was a mistake but one which katie hopkins has never said sorry for. jack monroe said, take that tweets down, apologise now. eventually it was deleted but there was a second tweet in which katie hopkins said, well, she's no different from the other person who she had intended to send the tweets to. the judge said this was, again, defamatory. £24,000
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of damages have been awarded to jack monroe today. an extra £107,000 in terms of court costs. for two tweets, a very expensive evening for katie hopkins. labour has accused the government of being in ‘disarray‘ after the prime minister said controversial tax rises for self—employed workers would not be put into legislation until the autumn. theresa may said the changes to national insurance, announced in the budget, were necessary and fair. number ten has again said the prime minister is "fully committed" to national insurance reform. but our political correspondent, iain watson, says this may not be the final word on the issue. theresa may has been defending the policy but that doesn't mean to say she's closing her ears or shutting her eyes to the concerns of conservative backbenchers by legislating on this in the autumn, not summer, she is giving herself some time to make adjustments if necessary. by autumn we should have a review into working practices. it's likely to suggest the self—employed get more rights, that people conventionally employed
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would have paternity pay, paternity leave and so on. certainly the government will try to argue in the autumn certainly to concerned backbenchers that people paying higher national insurance will get value for money, more for the money they pay. some of the conservative rebels, potential rebels i've been speaking to today, want the government to be more radical, to make a clear distinction between those genuinely self—employed, plumbers and hairdressers and so on, and those who spend most of their time working for one company. people working for courier companies. they say perhaps the latter category should pay national insurance in return for full employment rights. i spoke to neil carmichael chair of the education select committee, cross—party committee, in the house of commons, a conservative mp worried about the effect this will have on his constituents. what he'd like to see is more rights for the self—employed, but also suggesting
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a period of implementation could be eased as well. if we're expecting people to be sort of active in the economic system as entrepreneurs, taking risks, we've got to demonstrate we are aware of that and are willing to mitigate some of those risks. so that's an important point. the wider question about taxation of course is we've got to increase tax take in order to pay for the things we might want to pay for. education clearly being one of them. and also the risks we might confront leaving the european union. so it's important we have a tax system which works fairly and efficiently in terms of getting the money in. is it a kind of package that says self—employed people get value for money, they'll get more of the rights employed people that will satisfy people, perhaps you and your constituents, or would you and some
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colleagues be holding out for a rethink on the implementation of the timescale on the tax rise itself? perhaps a rethink on the implementation is probably the most likely outcome because at the end of the day we're going to have to get some tax. i think we've got to recognise that and be bold enough to stick with the overall direction of travel. but make sure it's more comfortable for those who are basically travelling. interestingly neil carmichael was saying the journey ought to be eased for the people have to make it. labour say the government should do a complete u—turn, simply stop this increase because it breaches their 2015 manifesto, promise not to increase national insurance contributions. interestingly a former shadow treasury spokeswoman and former labour spokeswoman rachel reeves seemed to be suggesting it might be acceptable to labour mps to change those levels of national insurance so long as the self—employed got something in return. it is true that with the flat rate
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pension that over time people who are self—employed will start to benefit from a pension they didn't previously get. when you look at other benefits like maternity and paternity leave and maternity and paternity pay, like for example sickness and disability benefits, out of work benefits, you don't have the same sort of access if you are self—employed. if the chancellor wants to go further and look at those whole range of benefits, i think that would be something that we could support and get behind. but at the moment we don't have anything like those guarantees, all we know is the self—employed will have to pay higher national insurance without getting those benefits that many of the rest of us take for granted. here i think is the problem for philip hammond, plenty of suggestions from rachel reeves on what they can do to sweeten the bitter pill of a national insurance rise. but the more concessions he makes the less money will be going
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into the treasury and certainly some his own mps have been saying to me, really, is the financial gain, a relatively small financial gain, worth an extended period of political pain for the government. bt has agreed to set up a new company to run much of the uk's national broadband network after being criticised over its operation. bt 0penreach has been accused of looking after its own customers, at the expense of rivals like sky, talktalk and vodafone. those companies welcomed the news, saying everyone's customers would benefit from the change. here's our technology correspondent rory cellan—jones. it has got a massive and vital task, rolling out fast broadband across the uk. but its critics say that bt‘s 0penreach hasn't been up to the job delivering poor service and not investing enough. now after a long battle 0fcom has ordered that 0penreach should be separated from bt. the regulator says this is what customers have been demanding. they, like us as a regulator, have
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been concerned that 0penreach has not been performing well enough, that broadband hasn't been good enough. i think they see the greater independence as a great means for 0penreach to operate with the interests of the whole telecoms industry at heart, notjust bt. this deal is meant to make 0penreach a more independent operation, with 32,000 employees working directly for it. there will be an independent board in charge of what goes on and it'll have its own brand. the bt logo will disappear. bt had been accused of taking profits from 0penreach and spending them on sports rights, a charge it denies. the firm could have been ordered to sell off the division completely and seems content with the deal today. we've listened to the criticisms we've heard from the general public, service providers, politicians and the media. and we've looked to address them. that's what we're doing today with these fundamental reforms. around 90% of uk homes have access to fast broadband. the hope is that the roll—out will
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accelerate and service will improve. we hope these reforms really are going to lead to a big change by 0penreach, that it'll make them much more focused on delivering for their customers. but also that it will transform this market so we see more competition and see customers having more choice about who they get broadband and phone services from. even rivals like talktalk who had once called for bt to split up have welcomed this more limited move. but they called for 0fcom to make sure 0penreach delivers on its promises. rory cellan—jones, bbc news. now for the weather with sarah keith—lucas. bit of a gloomy afternoon across many parts of the country. grey cloud around, missed and merck, too. this was the scene in walton on thames captured by one of our
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weather watchers. not completely grey. there are brighter spells around. heading into the evening, largely dry across most parts of the country. more persistent rain across parts of northern ireland and scotland. a mild night, temperatures no lower than 8—10. frost free start of the weekend. saturday looking like a pretty decent day. cloud across london and wales will break up across london and wales will break up particularly towards the south. 17, possibly 18 degrees. brightening up 17, possibly 18 degrees. brightening upfor 17, possibly 18 degrees. brightening up for much of scotland and northern ireland. cloudy and damp weather across parts of northern england into the north of wales for a time. the rain peps up into sunday, so sunday a damp day for many, west of the uk will start to see sunshine and scattered showers. when lingering towards the east and things will feel fresher by sunday. -- rain things will feel fresher by sunday. —— rain lingering. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: education secretary justine greening has been heckled by headteachers at their annual conference after claiming grammar schools
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help to close the attainment gap between well—off and poorer children. the president of the european commission, jean—claude juncker, has expressed hope that britain could one day be persuaded to re—join the european union, adding that brexit will not be the end of the eu. columnist katie hopkins has been ordered to pay £24,000 in libel damages to the food writer, jack monroe — after she accused her of sympathising with the vandalisation of a war memorial. the telecoms regulator, 0fcom, has reached a deal with bt to turn its broadband division 0penreach into a separate company. rival broadband providers to bt have welcomed the decision. now we have the sport. we have sad news to start with. the ex—formula one and motorcycling world champion, john surtees, has died at the age of 83.
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he's still the only man in history, to win world titles on two wheels, and four. surtees won four motorcycling titles before switching to grand prix motor racing, and winning the 1964 title for ferrari. he was awarded the cbe last year. a statement from his family has said he died peacefully in hospital this afternoon. british cycling has admitted their success has come at the cost of athlete care. following an independent investigation into their world class performance programme. 0ur reporter david 0rnstein is at the national cycling centre in manchester. the controversy started a year ago when allegations of bullying and sex is led to an investigation into the
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most well funded 0lympic is led to an investigation into the most well funded olympic sport in britain —— sexism. the report has made for grim reading, backing up many of the claims, although british cycling has disagreed with the factual accuracy, but agreeing with many of the problems and the failure to address the early warning signs. so dave brailsford who is now boss of tea m so dave brailsford who is now boss of team sky, he said he would not be resigning from his position, despite the continuing controversy over a mystery package sent to bradley wiggins in 2011—— my herb—macro. tea m wiggins in 2011—— my herb—macro. team sky have admitted mistakes were made but tonight breaking any anti—doping rules. dave brailsford says it is important to know that you can look at yourself and he is confident of that. 0wen farrell remains a doubt
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for england's six nations game with scotland tomorrow after missing training at twickenham today. england will make a call on his fitness tomorrow — they have until an hour before kick off to finalise their side. meanwhile wales and ireland launch the penultimate weekend of six nations action. ireland still have a slender chance of taking a third title in four years. but if they lose in cardiff tonight without getting two bonus points england will be able claim the championship with a win over scotland in the calcutta cup tomorrow. they are a very smart intelligent rugby side and they have beaten the all blacks recently. they are playing with confidence. i think that having watched them against france, they ground out a victory. and in terms of the physicality of their game, the contact area once again will be a key focus area. they are so used to competing in the last day of the championship, to win or lose, and for them to not
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be in that position will certainly provide extra motivation for them. and you can watch inside six nations here on bbc news at 6.45 tonight — which will bring you all the best build—up to the weekend's fixtures. and mclaren have been struggling on the final day of formula one pre—season testing in barcelona. ferrari's kimi raikkonen tops the timesheets. you can follow that on the bbc sport website. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. a tennis coach is on trial, accused of causing child cruelty
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as he coached his daughters to become tennis stars. in one incident, john de'viana from essex is said to have punched and kicked one of his daughters after a tennis match. the girls were in fact... they went on to become a successfuljunior tennis players but in court today john de'viana told the court that it was their decision to play tennis and he had neverforced them. he was asked by the defence team, did he forced his eldest daughter to play, he said no, because that would be counter—productive. he went on to say you can't just force a counter—productive. he went on to say you can'tjust force a child to play a particular sport, especially when that child is progressing at a rapid rate. the court also heard earlier howjohn de'viana had written abusive notes on the back of match reports after the girls had
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played tennis when it didn't reach the standard he wanted. he was asked in the last few moments in court, why he had used such language, and he replied it was the only way he could vent his frustration as a coach. he denies two charges of child cruelty in the case here at snaresbrook crown court. it's emerged that some detainees held at an immigration removal centre near gatwick airport have been there for as long as two and a half years. prison inspectors found that children had also been detained at brook house, which holds almost 400 adult male asylum seekers, illegal immigrants and foreign national offenders. the home office says some people prolong detention by trying to frustrate the removal process.
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bt has agreed to set up a new company to run much of the uk's national broadband network after being criticised over its operation. bt 0penreach has been accused of looking after its own customers, at the expense of rivals like sky, talktalk and vodafone. those companies welcomed the news, saying everyone's customers would benefit from the change. earlier we heard from andy kerr, deputy general secretary of the communication workers union. it could take some time. this is the biggest chippie in history, 32,000 people moving across, so there is a lot of talking to be done and a lot of discussion to be done and the main part is the guarantee for pensions. we need that in place before my members actually move across from bt plc to open reach —— 0penreach limited. have you been involved in any discussions? we have been involved in discussions with bt and 0fcom, throughout the scenario, we have been pushing them to make an agreement and we are glad the agreement and we are glad the agreement has now been reached. have we had discussions with bt? yes, we
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had early discussions with them and we are confident we can make arrangements in place that safeguard our membersjobs, arrangements in place that safeguard our members jobs, job security, and the terms and conditions, we are confident we can do that with bt and obviously now with 0fcom limited. confident we can do that with bt and obviously now with ofcom limited. no fear redundancies? no, and if anything, the uncertainty is away andi anything, the uncertainty is away and i think there will be more broadband investment in icyjob creation, i don't see redundancies. icyjob creation as a result of this —— andi icyjob creation as a result of this —— and i seejob creation. icyjob creation as a result of this -- and i see job creation. ofcom said it should be a better service but bt will still actually be handling the budget. my understanding is that, yes, that is right, bt do hold the budget strings, but once the money has moved over the budget, to 0penreach it is up to them how they invest in
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certain parts of the business and they have total control of that. i absolutely see more money going into 0penreach from bt and it will create morejobs and 0penreach from bt and it will create more jobs and it will give the customers a better service. it will be good for uk plc which is good for everyone. bt admitted that its reputation had been damaged by this 0penreach situation. can it be rebuilt? no doubt about that. my members can definitely... they don't come out in the morning to do a bad job, they come out to do a good job for their customers, and i think working with 0penreach limited and the senior management team, we have no doubt that we believe that the customer service will improve and we believe that the speeds will improve and much more superfast broadband will be delivered throughout the uk which i hope everyone is looking for. thanks forjoining us.
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in south korea, two people have died in clashes between police and demonstrators who were protesting at the removal from office of the president by the country's highest court. the country's constitutional court ruled that parliament was correct to impeach park geun—hye over allegations of corruption. but she's refusing to leave the presidential palace, as our correspondent in seoul stephen evans now reports. the moment a president was ousted. the head of south korea's highest court says president park committed a grave breach of the law. it was against the constitution and the trust of the people. outside the court pro—park protesters clashed with police. two died, one apparently by falling from the top of the bus he had climbed onto. the central allegation is that the country's biggest companies paid money to the president's best friend in return for favours.
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so top business leaders now face awkward questions which may yet put them behind bars. the police have been out in force because feelings run so high. families are split on the issue. there will be a general election in 60 days. one of the consequences of that may be a move to the left. if the government here moved to the left, there would be a different attitude towards north korea, probably more cooperative. every saturday night for three months, there have been huge demonstrations against president park. but what pushed her from office was a constitutional court finding her guilty of crime in a country which has only been a democracy for 30 years. stephen evans, bbc news, south korea. it may be more than 60 years
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since the great smog of london, but air pollution in the capital is again a huge issue. it damages people's health and contributes towards thousands of premature deaths every year. all this week, the bbc has been highlighting the growing problem of air pollution. as part of our ‘so i can breathe' series, our correspondent graham satchell has been looking at the changing conditions in britain's cities, and how to achieve cleaner air. archive: 'london has been brought to a halt by dense smog, 'which has descended overnight'. the great smog of 1952, dramatised in the netflix series the crown. 'be careful out there, it's a real pea—souper.‘ it was a difficult time. it was scary, it was unpleasant. anne goldsmith was eight in 1952 and remembers it well. we could hardly see in front of us really, and when i got to school, the handkerchief would be absolutely black. 'special filtering masks are the latest weapons...‘ it's now thought 12,000 people died in the great smog.
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the enemy then — coal, used in factories and people's homes. what followed the smog was the clean air act of 1956. it introduced smoke—control areas, where only smokeless fuels could be burned. fast—forward 60 years and the enemy now is nitrogen dioxide, from diesel engines. so what's being done today? these are the engines that have been removed out of taxis in birmingham... the local authority here in birmingham has got funding to replace the diesel engines in 65 taxis. we removed 99% of the nox that the taxi was producing. it's a massive reduction. but it's a small pilot project. there are hundreds of taxis in birmingham. the government's overall plan is to introduce so—called 'clean air zones‘ in five cities by 2020. i will look at the evidence, and when the evidence comes through as to where the key areas of pollution are, we will take
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the action that is needed to address the need for clean air in the city. well, i'm afraid the government's been hopeless. critics like client earth say what we need today is a new clean air act, and a scrappage scheme for diesel cars. you have to phase diesel vehicles off our roads. but it would cost a fortune, wouldn't it? well, yeah, it's going to take time to do it, but we've got to protect people's health. that's the main thing. if the water we were drinking was as dirty as the air we're breathing in now, we'd be doing something about it. hello, girls! hello, anne. back in lewisham, in london, anne is meeting nine—year—old eloise, and amy, who's six. we called it 'smog', and you couldn't see, only this far in front of your eyes. on days when pollution is bad, amy and eloise are kept indoors at playtime, just as anne was in 1952. sometimes, we have to stay inside because the air is bad. 0h, because the air is bad now? more than 60 years on, air pollution is still damaging children's health, shortening people's lives. graham satchell, bbc news. in a moment a summary
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of the business news this hour but first the headlines on bbc news: education secretary justine greening has been heckled by headteachers at their annual conference after setting out her plans for new grammar schools. the european commission president says he hopes one day britain will rejoin the eu. columnist katy hopkins has been ordered to pay £24,000 in libel damages to the food writerjack monroe over two defamatory tweets. well it's been a positive day on the markets. here in london the ftse has been pretty lively. it's been encouraged by news that
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british factories have been churning out goods at a healthy pace. bt has been part of that — we'll get to that in a moment. it's also been a positive day further afield — especially in the us. let's look at some of the detail. bp shares have been pretty active. it's all been fuelled by rumours that exxonmobil could be about to launch a takeover bid. there's been encouraging data aboutjobs growth in america. it created 235,000 newjobs last month — which points to a strengthening economy. and bt has agreed to let go of its 0penreach division. that's the outfit that runs the infrastructure for the county's broadband system. justin urqhaurt stewart from seven invesment managementjoins me now. bt getting rid of 0penreach, is that a big dealfor the broadband market? this is a really big deal, i would have covered the entire country with high—speed fibre if i was in charge of this. 0penreach has been doing this very slowly, it is almost known as out of reach, and by separating out of bt it might now have a business where it concentrates
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purely on that and speeds it up. this is vital for purely on that and speeds it up. this is vitalfor our purely on that and speeds it up. this is vital for our international capabilities. if we want to be compared with singapore, you need to have these facilities in place, right now. what does it mean for consumers? the faster you get the better it will be for consumers because those are actually stuck with those mainlines, found themselves being rather slowed up. virgin have put their own capabilities in it, they have been providing good competition but they are nowhere near on the same scale as the old bt network was and it just needs to move faster across the whole nation. how strong will it be? very strong, it has a near monopoly in terms of its abilities and other people, unless you want to put in your own network, will have to use it. it is in a very strong position and they still need to keep a close eye on this large monopolistic beast. and now to america, be right
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to be excited by the jobs news? very good news, probably nothing to do with president from. these numbers are very good —— president trump. i think we might have a rate rise next week from the fed, which is pencilled in for wednesday and that isa pencilled in for wednesday and that is a good sign, the us economy is growing and therefore raising rates, after all, they will need to cut rates when the economy slows down, but you can't do that until you have raised. how strong is the economy? pretty resilient, and i'm concerned that donald trump would like to add another 2.5% to it because then you would be overheating of the economy. america is a mature economy and the corporate results are generally bad, and there is a position where the economy is motoring along quite well and these jobs are a good indication of that. exxon mobil possibly looking at bp. this is a matter for
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the gutter and you find this being a concern for the big shareholders looking at the bp share price, and it should be higher. it should be somewhere around £6 a share, and if that was the case that would value the deal at around £120 billion a the deal at around £120 billion a the same gdp as hungary. if that was to be the case they would be issues for the government, and then somewhere like shell would dive in and keep bp p. is it going to happen? i doubt it, but this is a very good story to go with. thanks for joining very good story to go with. thanks forjoining us. a quick flash of the markets. they have been boosted by thejobs markets. they have been boosted by the jobs news out of america. more attention on the united states next week ahead of the decision on interest rates. that is all from me. we have a round—up of the business news on the website.
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head teachers have heckled the education secretary, justine greening, as she gave a speech outlining the government's plans for a new wave of grammar schools in england. cries of "rubbish" and "no" were heard from delegates as ms greening addressed the conference of the association of school and college leaders in birmingham. the government says it's investing more money in schools in england up to and beyond 2020. joining me from birmingham is stephen morales from the national association of school business management. did you like what you were hearing today? we have got to take this in context. government spending priorities might need to be looked at and as someone who is an education leader i would welcome the chancellor looking again at his decision to not put more money into education. 0ne decision to not put more money into education. one of the important thing is that we mustn't lose sight of is the opportunity to redistribute funding across the
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system. there has been decades of unfairness and if you look at this disparity between schools, secondary school in one area receiving a per—pupil amount of close to £4000 and in other areas of the country, schools receiving £8,000, and that unfairness can't continue. whilst it is important that we continue to lobby hard for a better deal for schools, given the fiscal climate that we face, we must not lose sight of the opportunity to redistribute and the consultation on the second phase of the national funding formula that the government have put together is exactly that opportunity. it isn't a done deal and we are still in the consultation phase and i think the public, school leaders, any stakeholders, who have an interest in education and indeed, i would say that includes all of us in society. what about the
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constraints because of the lack of funding, are they cutting back and what are they cutting back on?” think that is a very mixed picture across the system. i've spoken about this schools disparity in funding, some schools have got a handle on that efficiency agenda and doing incredible things in terms of making important savings, and also deploying their resources in the most effective way. other schools can learn a bit more in that regard. if you look at the spectrum of schools and the extent to which some are ina schools and the extent to which some are in a better situation financially because of their historicalfunding patterns, financially because of their historical funding patterns, then there are opportunities to different extents there are opportunities to different exte nts fro m there are opportunities to different extents from school to school. so i don't necessarily see armageddon, i don't necessarily see armageddon, i don't see the steep cliff edge that some have suggested, but certainly a slope in terms of more of a what we
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are going to see over the coming months and years. and some of the... some reports saying today that teachers and schools are having to consider cutting back on subjects because of restraints and that a lender the data it is the pupils who will suffer. —— that at the end of the day. yes, in some cases we can't offer the rounded curriculum that we have been accustomed to. i don't think that is systemwide, because there are schools who are so poorly funded that any additional pressure, the 8% that has been spoken about, of course pressure is coming down the line, that would be a significant challenge for those schools that have historically not enjoyed the level of funding that some others have. and in those cases there will be very tough decisions to make around the kind of curriculum that can be offered.
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thanks forjoining us. from the old bailey, news about a drug addict who has beenjailed from the old bailey, news about a drug addict who has been jailed for 12 years with a further three years on licence for using his car to mow down a child actor henry 's aunt —— child actor and his aunt. dobbie was out on licence when he ploughed into a boy and his aunt when they walked along a road in south london. dobbie had 53 previous convictions dating back to the age of 13 and he admitted their manslaughter and injuring another little girl in august last year. the family issued a statement saying they were left numb with shock after it. the statement in the old bailey read out by one family members said they were there and they watched the car drive into and over all five members of
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his family —— all five members of theirfamily. he his family —— all five members of their family. he said there was no attempt to swerve. and he said they all became worthless in the eyes of the driver, a means to an end. the cooperfamily were the driver, a means to an end. the cooper family were on their way to haveice cooper family were on their way to have ice creams and to play on the swings. dobbie was driving the black ford focus at three times the speed limit down a one—way roads and he jumped red lights before he lost control and he launched the car into the group. he then left out of the wreckage and fled on foot, leaving police officers to desperately try and save the victims. the boy and his aunt both died. this is the news from the old bailey, joshua dobbie,
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23, he ran over and killed a child actor and his aunt in a police chase, he has beenjailed for 12 yea rs chase, he has beenjailed for 12 years with a further three years on licence. when he gave evidence he admitted he was stupid and reckless and was coming down from smoking crack cocaine. he was on his way to sell the stolen car for £300 to buy more drugs. that is when he killed ms cooper and her nephew. we will have the latest on that case in the five o'clock news. time for a look at the weather. it has been a cloudy picture, and this picture was taken in wharton on
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thames. there is a bit of drizzle out there. some mist and fog. mild night under the blanket of cloud, with temperatures no lower than 8-10, with temperatures no lower than 8—10, and through the day tomorrow, not a bad day across the bulk of england and wales, with dry weather, and also some sunshine in northern ireland and scotland. we could see temperatures 17, possibly 18. potentially the warmest day of the year so far. 0vernight into sunday, the rain peps up and we will see the rain working its way across many parts of the country. sunshine and scattered showers in the west. rain lingering in the east and cooler temperatures between 10—13d. today at five, angry headteachers heckle the education secretary over her plans for more grammar schools. justine greening insists that
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selective education can close what she calls the "attainment gap", but heads express frustration at the government's priorities. we've got an 8% cut and we are expected to continue delivering quality. it's absolutely dire, we are having to make cuts to our curriculum and it's untenable. we'll speak to one headteacher who says she's resigning over a lack of school funding. the other main stories on bbc news at five. not invited, 27 eu members meet in brussels without britain but downing street says it's on track to begin brexit talks in the next three weeks. the commentator katie hopkins is ordered to pay £24,000 in damages for libelling a food blogger she wrongly accused of supporting the desecration of a war memorial.
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