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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11:00: a boost for schools — the education secretary announces an extra 1.3 billion pounds, but labour says it's not enough. the route of the new hs2 rail line north of birmingham has been announced — some new homes near sheffield will have to be demolished. a terminally ill man takes his case to the high court — trying to overturn the ban on assisted dying. and on newsnight, tony blair tells us and on newsnight, tony blair tells us that he has changed his mind. but jeremy corbyn can become prime minister. we the last car he and so many others got it wrong, predicting the election last month. —— we will ask how he and so many others got it wrong. good evening and welcome to bbc news. schools in england are to get 1.3
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billion pounds extra funding, over the next two years. the education secretary justine greening, told the commons the money will come from other parts of the education budget. there have been protests by head teachers, and disquiet from some conservative mps, that schools have been facing unsustainable cuts. labour has welcomed the extra money, but says it's not enough, just a "sticking plaster, unless further action is taken urgently". our education correspondent gillian hargreaves has the details. fears over bigger class sizes, enough schoolbooks and teachers losing theirjobs. funding in england's schools was a big election issue, which is why today's announcement of £2.6 billion more over the next two years was welcomed by mps. we recognise that at the election people were concerned about the overall level of funding in schools, as well as its distribution. and as the prime minister said, we are determined to listen. that is why today i am
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confirming our plans to get on with introducing a national funding formula in 2018—19, and i can announce this will additionally now be supported by significant extra investment into the core schools budget over the next two years. astoundingly, this has all been funded without a penny of new money from the treasury. perhaps the chancellor did not want to fund schools and thought that teachers and teaching assistants are simply more overpaid public servants. school spending will rise from £41 billion this year to £415 billion by 2020. and no secondary school pupil will have less than £4800 spent on their schooling each year. £2.6 billion sounds like a lot of money, but when rising costs, teachers' pensions and pay are taken into account, it amounts to a freeze
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over the next two years. the devil will be in the detail and as i understand it, it is not new money from the treasury, but from other parts of the education budget, so we will have to see what the impact is elsewhere. from a school's point of view, that is welcome. 0nly yesterday hundreds of parents, teachers and children staged a protest at westminster. finding the money has come at a political cost to ministers, who have had to raid the pot of money set aside for free schools, a flagship conservative policy. and they have had to concede ground to local councils when it comes to new schools. the scale of public anger over school cuts is unprecedented. in recent times. parents staging marches and protests, head teachers writing hundreds of letters to politicians expressing their frustration. all of which is focusing ministers' minds. schools have had to make serious cuts, and it's not clear that the money announced they will be enough to offer much hope to those schools.
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but it's a step in the right direction and we are pleased the government now agrees with us, but it seems to us more of a short—term fix. this new multi—billion pound investment in schools is not short change, but as yet it's unclear whether it will be enough to see off angry parents and frustrated teachers. gillian hargreaves, bbc news. the routes for the second stage of the new hs2 high speed rail line have been announced. trains will run from birmingham on two lines, one serving the north—west, the other running through the east midlands and yorkshire. business leaders have broadly welcomed the announcement, but there's anger along some of the new routes over potential disruption, and in some areas, where homes have to be demolished. the transport secretary chris grayling is making a statement now, in the commons.0ur transport correspondent richard westcott reports. it's the train line that split people right down the middle. for supporters, it will boost the economy and bridge the north—south divide. critics say costs will spiral and benefits are overblown. today, several years late,
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the government finally confirmed the second phase of the route. trains will run on from birmingham on two lines, some on already existing tracks — one serving the north—west and major cities like manchester and liverpool, the other serving the east midlands up to sheffield, leeds and york. the fact hs2 trains are now likely to stop in the centre of sheffield is bad news for everybody here on this estate in mexborough near doncaster. it means that the line will come through those trees, and they were going to build new houses there, but they've stopped, for obvious reasons. it will come over our heads and is likely to go through these two end houses here. but of course it means all of the houses around will have a 20 metre high rail viaduct right above their heads. the route, we have been told, is going to cut through from the show houses, through my property, through my neighbour's property
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and straight through into the very far corner of the estate. why weren't we told when we bought the property? why build a full, brand—new housing estate and then potentially knock it when we are short of houses as it is already? where do we then move to? we arejust in limbo. just over the road from ben's, the line could also cut through karen's farm. we spoke to her last year and she was livid. i am not moving anywhere. i'll fight this til death. so what about today? gutted. to think we put all this, over a0 odd years, into what we've got. you were fuming last time we were here. what's happened since then? have they been to see you? no, nothing. nothing. too much has gone into this over the years. you know, it's...| could never imagine living anywhere else. hs2 creates losers, but it makes winners,
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too, like this small digital marketing company in nottingham. it will be easier for us to do business on a national scale. it will be easier for us to attract clients to our offices here, as well. and for us to recruit talent from around the country who would be willing to relocate to a city with better transport links, or potentially even commute to nottingham from other cities. contracts have just been awarded for the first phase of hs2 between london and birmingham, worth nearly £7 billion and creating 16,000 jobs. the total bill will be £56 billion, making it britain's most expensive building project. if we don't have the capital investment we need for the future to increase the capacity of our transport system, to support economic development, we won't carry on with the progress that we've made that has brought unemployment down to the lowest level since the 1970s. the first leeds hs2 train will not depart for another 16 years — plenty of time for opponents to fight the plans. richard wescott, bbc news, mexborough. chris grayling, the transport
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minister, hasjust been making a statement on hs2 in the commons and he said that suggestions that the cost of hs2 is going to spiral are incredible, inconceivable and is simply nonsense. and he was criticised earlier on in the day for not appearing in the commons. he said the fact he was appearing at ten o'clock at night in the commons to talk about hs2 was a cock up, not conspiracy. that was the latest from chris grayling in the commons. a second round of talks on britain's departure from the european union, has taken place in brussels. the brexit secretary, david davis, says it's now time to get down to the ‘substance‘ of the negotiations. 0n the agenda, the rights of eu citizens in the uk, and those of brits abroad. the financial settlement, covering the uk's outstanding commitments.. and the issue of the irish border. meanwhile, theresa may is trying to reimpose discipline on senior ministers, after a series of lea ks suggesting cabinet
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splits and infighting. here's our political editor laura kuenssberg. they don't really have much time to hang around. the two men who will haggle over how we leave. especially with the uk's political situation rather fluid, at best. it's incredibly important we now make good progress, that we negotiate through this and identify the differences, so we can deal with them, and identify the similarities, so we can reinforce them. it's time to get to work. now we have to work. there is a lot to do. working out the irish border, the brexit bill, writes for brits abroad... —— rights. but government ministers don't agree completely about what should be
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on the table. perhaps that is why the brexit secretary seemed to arrive without his notes. perhaps because chatter around the cabinet at home suggests the big beasts are split. is the cabinet split on brexit? you've seen me in another part of town today, i'm very pleased negotiations are beginning, and as you know, a very fair, serious offer has been put on the table by the uk government. it's notjust that government has to wrangle brexit through brussels and parliament, but deal with disagreements on public sector pay and on spending. above all, the disagreements have emerged into daylight because the discipline theresa may had imposed on the tories has all but disappeared since the general election. tomorrow, she will warn the cabinet to behave, to keep their views to themselves, but those with desire for the top job believe the game is on. it's got to stop.
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whoever is doing it, everybody needs to get into a rather cold shower, and then get together and have a warm pint afterwards. this is damaging. it's damaging to the party, to the parliamentary mps, and to the country. remember him, urging the tories today to inspire, not to look to the past? the risk to the tories the current generation hurt each other fighting old battles anew. a terminally ill man has begun a legal challenge at the high court, to end the ban on assisted dying in england and wales. noel conway who's 67, has motor neurone disease, and says he fears eventually becoming "entombed in his own body." he wants the right to choose when and where he dies, without those who help him, being prosecuted. currently it's illegal, to aid a suicide. a former soldier, has been sentenced to twelve years in prison
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for the manslaughter and rape of a 15—year—old girl back in 1976. stephen huff who's 58, was found guilty of killing janet commins, after his dna was taken in relation to another sexual assault case. an innocent teenager was originally jailed for her death. the head of easyjet, carolyn mccall, is to be itv‘s new chief executive. she'd been at the airline for seven years, and will take over the running of the commercial broadcaster early next year. a 16—year—old boy has appeared in court charged over a series of acid attacks in east london. the teenager who can't be named for legal reasons, is accused of grievous bodily harm with intent, robbery, and possessing a weapon designed to discharge a noxious liquid. that's a summary of the news, newsday is coming up at midnight — now on bbc news it's time for newsnight, and tonight's programme contains some strong language. is this government in the uk
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right now hanging on, needing time, and trying to get a grip? with big announcements on schools and transport today, the conservatives are projecting themselves as full of purpose, getting on with business. but tomorrow theresa may will read the riot act to the cabinet, telling them to stop the brexit backbiting and leaks over the role of the chancellor. is the pm on top of things? yes, we've had some changes in and around downing street, and changes to some of the way in which government operates to reflect an understanding of some of the things that went wrong a few months ago, but i see someone who's in control of her brief. meanwhile, those who failed to predict the last election look back on that night.
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i nearly swerved off the road. i was driving at the time. and tony blair tells newsnight he's changed his mind. i have to say, no, i think it's possible you end up with jeremy corbyn as prime minister. so you accept that he could possibly win? i think that you can't rule anything out in today's politics. and meet the man who masterminded the finding and killing of 0sama bin laden. there are a lot of sharks in the world. if you hope to complete the swim, you will have to deal with them. so if you want to change the world, don't back down from the sharks. hello. mps break up for summer this week, but things have already been getting unruly. and that's just the cabinet. try as it might to show us that there is a government getting on with business, the frame
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is always the same: cabinet debate out in the open, and a leadership campaign going on behind the scenes. so, for example, today, the education secretary promised extra funding for schools in england, but she could not promise new money. it had to come out of her own department's plans, which invites us to think she's been in a battle with the treasury and lost it. after a weekend of briefing at the chancellor's expense, we learned today that the prime minister was poised to tell the cabinet to behave. but she does not have the authority that she once did. right now, the brexiteers in the party are willing her to stay in place, believing that a new leadership election might lead to some backtracking on brexit. nick watt is our political editor. nick, what is theresa may going to say to them tomorrow? as you were saying, the prime minister will open the cabinet meeting with a stern warning to ministerial colleagues


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