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you're watching bbc news. i'm simon mccoy. the headlines. a second round of talks in brussels on the uk's departure from the eu. the brexit secretary says it's time to get down to business. awaiting the imminent announcement on the route through sheffield for hsz on the route through sheffield for hs2 as final contracts are issued. a terminally ill man who hopes to overturn the ban on assisted dying is having his case heard at the high court. the duke and duchess of cambridge have arrived in warsaw with prince george and princess charlotte for a five—day tour of poland and germany. in the next hour, could the wild cat be back? after more than a thousand years of extinction in the uk, a campaign to see the return of the lynx. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news.
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the second round of formal talks on britain's departure from the eu got under way this morning in brussels. the brexit secretary david davis said it was "time to get down to business," and that the priority was to decide the rights of british and eu citizens in each others countries. the eu says there has to be substantial progress on this and on a financial settlement, and the issue of the irish border before talks on trade can start. meanwhile, downing street has said the prime minister will remind colleagues of the need to keep cabinet discussions private, after a series of leaks over the weekend. adam fleming reports. they have been getting into position for weeks. even months. finally, it is time to talk detail. and for now, they seem to be speaking each other‘s language. we will now delve into the heart of the matter. we need to examine and compare our respective positions, in order to make good progress. for us, it is incredibly important
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we now make good progress. there will be negotiations, and we'll identify the differences so that we can deal with them, and identify the similarities so we can reinforce them, and now it is time to get down to work, and make this a successful negotiation. mr davis left soon afterwards, leaving much of that work to officials. this week, they will discuss the northern irish border, which will become an external frontier of the european union. then there is the so—called brexit bill. how to calculate what the uk owes for financial commitments made as a member. and citizens‘ rights — what will happen to eu nationals living in the uk and brits abroad? that is what the foreign secretary emphasised at a meeting just around the corner. i am very pleased that negotiations are beginning, and, as you know, a very fair, serious offer has been
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put on the table by the uk government about citizenship, the value we place on the 3.2 million eu citizens in our country, the very good offer that we are making to them, and the security they can have about their future, and i hope very much that people will look at that offer in the spirit it deserves. it is a great offer. questions about cabinet splits at home, they went unanswered. the unionjack has been taken down already, david davis is heading home. the really hard work is taking place behind closed doors. privately, eu officials think the uk is moving closer to their position when it comes to money. there is still the big issue of whether the european court ofjustice has a say over the lives of eu citizens living in the uk after brexit. the european commission tweeted this picture. a not—so—subtle message.
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"we have done our homework, what are you bringing to the table?" our chief political correspondent vicki young is in westminster. do we know what david davis has brought to the table? regret the stage of knowing what the differences are between these two sides but we don't know where the compromises are going come. they will have to, at some point. we know that, over here, in this parliament, many tory mps in particular don't think the ec] should have any say over anything once the uk leaves the eu. that is a problem for the eu because they say that there are eu citizens of britain. there has been an offer made to them but they think it should be the ec] that oversees all of that. who's going to be the arbitrator ‘s that is going to be the key issue for many, going forward. at the moment you have the
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european court of justice. forward. at the moment you have the european court ofjustice. at the moment written are saying they don't wa nt moment written are saying they don't want them to be involved, so who's going to decide where people's whites are and how they should be decided upon? this is going to be an ongoing problem. then you have the issue of the so—called brexit bill, the divorce bill. britain is saying that the days of vast sums of money going to the eu are coming to an end. on the other hand they know that there will be a bill of some sort. 100 billion, 50 billion, nobody knows quite yet. yes we will accept some of the liabilities run times that we were a member but it will not be some huge amount of money going across any longer. all of these things woolly compromise. at the moment we don't know that is going to come but officials working on this this week and we may know a bit more by thursday. david davis is back among his cabinet colleagues and you wonder if there was any point in shutting the door on that
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meeting because within 2a hours we know what happens. we could put a camera in there, cut out the middleman! ministers have been happy to breathe what the conversation to the sunday times. much of it was against chance of a philip hammond. brexit comes into this, also. he has made it clear he's thinking about jobs and the economy, not about cutting immigration when it comes to the kind of deal there should be. he has spoken about the transition period. started off saying four yea rs, period. started off saying four years, maybe two years, and that is not what other cabinet members want. they think he's trying to undo and delay or stop brexit. there was a i’ow delay or stop brexit. there was a row over public sector pay. philip hammond apparently told his collea g u es hammond apparently told his colleagues he thought public sector collea g u es colleagues he thought public sector colleagues were overpaid once you took into account their generous pension schemes. some around the table do not agree with that. the fa ct table do not agree with that. the fact that information is leaking out so fact that information is leaking out so easily suggests that discipline is completely broken down at cabinet level. and that is not a good place
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for a government to be. the government has announced the first major contracts for the high speed 2 rail line between london and birmingham. three british firms are among the companies chosen to build tunnels, bridges and embankments at a cost of £6.6 billion. the final route of the line north of birmingham will be announced in the next hour, after years of disagreement, but the first trains aren't expected to run until 2026, as wyre davies explains. hs2. critics say it'll be the most expensive railway on the planet. the government says it is essential for the future of the uk's transport system and the economies of the midlands and the north. contracts have been awarded for the first phase of the project, between london and birmingham. those first contracts are worth more than £6 billion. that, says the government, will bring in 16,000 jobs, but already six years in the planning, the first trains won't be operational until 2026, by which time 300,000 passengers will be riding on the new network each day. overcrowding and overcapacity
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on the existing network is why its backers say hs2 is essential. no contradiction, says the government, that it's spending billions on infrastructure at a time when public sector pay is still capped at 1%. we have a situation today where the railways around our big cities are congested. where there is not enough space for the freight service. if we are going to have the capacity we need for the future, we will have to get the express trains off those lines, create more space in london, birmingham, manchester and leeds for commuter trains and more space to get freight off the roads and on to rail. large swathes of woodland, farmland and some villages will have to make way for the new line. more controversially still, experts say the department of transport has grossly underestimated the price. some suggestions the first phase to birmingham alone could double in cost from 23 billion, to almost £48 billion. the cost is based on international best standards, and those standards
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do not apply to the problems we have in the uk, where we are building on a small, congested island, full of property—owning people, in a democracy, and the costs of land ta ke and compensation is considerable. at such a price, others say hs2 will be nothing more than a vanity project, and there are better ways of spending public money. lots of much smaller enterprises, they are not as grand, they don't grab the headlines, they don't leave a legacy for the politicians who design them, but there are all sorts of small, typically road of small, typically road projects, that would be much more valuable to the economy than a colossal multi—billion pound new train line, which won't be fully operational for 15 years. this project has been mired in delays and complications, but later today the final routes of the northern branches to manchester and leeds are due to be announced, including what could be a controversial
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path round sheffield. let's get more on those talks in brussels this morning. david davis calling on all those involved to get down to business. adam fleming is oui’ man down to business. adam fleming is our man in brussels. i'd imagine that would have raised eyebrows in brussels because they have been saying that for months. in brussels michel barnier did a press conference last week that the message was that the uk, get a move on and set out details of your position. the eu have reduced nine position. the eu have reduced nine position papers on heap of issues and what the uk to do the same. several others were answered by the uk last week. but the pace is kind of being set by the eu in terms of the detail about each side ‘s position. and that is what this week of talks is all about. officials telling me that it would be about each side finding out more details of the other‘s positions, probing,
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asking questions, what did you mean in this paper when you said that, why does that paragraph refer to, why does that paragraph refer to, why did you not mention this? sevvy have been cautioned not to make any great lea ps forward have been cautioned not to make any great leaps forward this week, and those could come in further rows of talks. if there is progress we did find about it on thursday because david davis has returned to london and will be doing a press conference with his opposite number, michel barnier, on thursday. this is the start of a long progress —— process. there will be further talks in september and october as well. october is crunch time. that is when the eu will decide if there has been sufficient progress on priority issues in the first round of talks to move to the next round of talks, what will the future relationship between the eu and the uk look like, particularly on trade? a fiver says that you do not use the word is
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great, leap, and for that, when talking about these talks, for some time, yet. in brussels last week there was a little noticed written statement to parliament by david davis talking about the issue of the uk financial obligations to the eu in the future. it included half a sentence that seemed to suggest or has been interpreted in brussels as the uk making a big concession, the fa ct the uk making a big concession, the fact that it accepts how the eu budgeting process works, whereby you can makea budgeting process works, whereby you can make a spending commitment in one year that knott ‘s not become due until many years in the future. it doesn't sound like a big deal and wasn't hurt as much at the time but officials in brussels really did notice it and they think that is evidence that the uk is moving towards their possession on a financial settlement. well we don't know if there is movement is on the issue of citizens‘ rights and whether there will be a role for the ecj whether there will be a role for the ec] in guaranteeing the future rights of eu citizens in britain after brexit. in terms of the
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political shenanigans at westminster and the interviews and newspaper briefings, they are lapped up by politicians in brussels. remember, michel barnier‘s negotiating guidelines were written months and months ago, a long time ago, not at the weekend. more details about accommodation for the victims of grenfell tower have been released by the government. sajid javid, the communities secretary, has told the commons that 169 families have been offered accommodation. 33 have accepted and nine have moved in. a man who‘s terminally ill is challenging the government to try to overturn the ban on assisted dying. noel conway has motor neurone disease, and wants to be able to choose when and where he dies, without putting those who might help at risk of prosecution. the law currently makes it illegal to help someone to die. fergus walsh reports. noel conway increasingly relies on a ventilator to help him breathe. his chest muscles are gradually getting weaker. once fit and active,
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motor neurone disease has already robbed him of the ability to walk. as the condition progresses, he fears becoming entombed in his body. i will be quadriplegic. in fact, i could be virtually catatonic. i‘ll be conceivably in a locked—in syndrome. that to me would be a living hell. that prospect is just not one i can accept. this issue polarises opinion and to on both sides of the argument were outside court. within the court his lawyers said that the question of what is a dignified death is was a matter for an individual. any doctor that helped
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mr conway to die would face 15 years in prison. the last man in a case like this had not been diagnosed as terminally ill and since then mps overwhelmingly rejected proposals to allow assisted dying. supporters of the current law say it protect the weak and vulnerable. parliamentary have rejected this change to the law on at least ten occasions on the grounds of public safety. any change to the law to allow assisted suicide is unnecessary and dangerous because it is uncontrollable, as we‘ve seen from other jurisdictions. mr conway says the law is broken and condemns him to unimaginable suffering. you‘re watching bbc news, the headlines. brexit secretary david davis has called on both sides of the negotiations to get down to business. he said his priority was to lift uncertainty for eu citizens
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living in the uk and british citizens living in the eu. the final would be manchester and leeds branches of hs2 is to be announced imminently. the transport secretary says that the scheme will help rebalance the economy. a terminally ill man with motor neurone disease begins his high court challenge against the ban on assisted dying. in sport south africa have hammered england to win the second test by 341 is a trent bridge. it levels the series at 1—1. england set 470 runs for victory, collapsed to just 133, all out. the pairings are out for the first two rounds of the open at royal birkdale from thursday. rory mcilroy will tee off with laudable one dustinjohnson mcilroy will tee off with laudable one dustin johnson and mcilroy will tee off with laudable one dustinjohnson and charl schwartzel. and johanna konta has moved up to numberfour in the world. the british number one reach the semifinals at wimbledon last week. i‘ll have more on the stories just after 4:30pm. an american neurologist who‘s offered to carry out a new therapy
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on the terminally ill baby charlie gard has met the child‘s doctors in london. he is also expected to examine charlie over the next two days and to meet other medical specialists. doctors at great ormond street hospital believe the treatment won‘t work, and that charlie‘s life support should be turned off. jon ironmonger reports. for the parents of baby charlie gard, a great deal is riding on the visit of this man, dr michio hirano. a lauded neurologist from the us. he has offered to carry out experimental treatment which he says could improve charlie‘s life chances. much of charlie gard‘s short life has been spent in intensive care. he has a rare genetic condition, and experts say he should be allowed to die in dignity. but after a lengthy legal battle, charlie‘s parents hope that decision can now be reversed. dr hirano and another physician arrived this morning and were met by the medical directors.
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they have been given an honorary contract which gives them full status to examine charlie gard. they will also have access to his medical records, and all of the hospital‘s clinicalfacilities. so the key thing that the doctors will be looking for today is to ensure that they have absorbed all of the information from the historical notes around this patient, but also carried out a physical examination themselves to find the signs of his neurology and understand exactly his status at the current time. dr hirano‘s assessment is expected to be completed in two days. the findings will be passed to thejudge, who will decide whether there is hope for charlie yet. a 16—year—old boy has appeared at
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youth court in stratford cha rlesworth youth court in stratford charlesworth several charges of gbh with intent. the charges relate a recent acid attacks in east london. six victims were named in relation to the charges read out in court. our correspondent daniel sanford is outside stratford youth court. this is the first time someone has appeared in court linked with that night of acid attacks on the 13th of july which, it now turns out, six different people had acid or some corrosive substance thrown in their faces whilst stopped at traffic lights on a bit. a 16—year—old boy appeared in youth court here because of his age, we cannot name them, and he was wearing a grey tracksuit, appearing in the dock, asked what his name was and his address, and whether he pleaded guilty or not guilty to the charges he faced. he pleaded not guilty to all of the charges, one of gbh with intent,
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five of attempted gbh with intent, and also two of the robbery of mopeds and four of potential robbery of dead and also charged with possession of a weapon, adapted to fire, essentially, a noxious substance, like a strongly alkaline substance. he will appear at wood green crown court on 14th of august, and he was remanded in custody, so he will stay in prison until that court appearance. let's get more that major announcement on the route that major announcement on the route that the hs2 rail line will take. it was scheduled an hour ago, and there has been anger in the commons because labour and tory mps are angry that chris grayling hasn‘t made a commons statement on the second phase of the root of hs2 which was to be revealed today. let‘s talk to philippa oldham,
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head of transport and manufacturing at the institution of mechanical engineers. who joins us from our studio in leicester. many people are awaiting this announcement with fear, because their homes are under threat. we‘ve had some of the first contracts released this morning. are you broadly in favour? as an engineering project, definitely we are in favour. this year the world economic forum ranked the uk has 24th in the world, because the infrastructure is in sucha world, because the infrastructure is in such a dire state. we really need to invest in it. this is one of the ways we can do that. as an engineering project, it must be pretty unique in some of the challenges it offers. it is unique challenges, but we have a real opportunity. this project is almost unlike any other we have at the moment, in terms of starting with a blank sheet of paper. the hs2 team have been working with the subcontractors and businesses and those contracted the day, to look at
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what the best approach will be going forward , what the best approach will be going forward, making sure that they have the right teams of engineers looking at how they can make it an accurate, cost—effective project. at how they can make it an accurate, cost-effective project. its critics say it is not cost—effective, that it is good money thrown after bad and that, actually, there is still time to stop this project. what do you see as the knock—on benefits from hs2? you see as the knock—on benefits from h52? the real benefits are looking at congestion. by freeing up the capacity on the east coast and west coast main line is and through the hsz west coast main line is and through the hs2 route, we will be able to shift some of the freight network from road to rail, so that‘ll ease road congestion and, providing we have an integrated transport strategy, linking up very much with the devolved regions. what has been interesting is, those devolved regions have put transport at the heart of their policies, making sure that it heart of their policies, making sure thatitis heart of their policies, making sure that it is linked to government
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investments, and that this is key. it comes at a cost. and many say that it it comes at a cost. and many say thatitis it comes at a cost. and many say that it is underestimated because once work starts they will find things like sinkholes, that they did not expect to find, that will just make the costs grow on a daily basis. as engineers, we look at the risks and try to mitigate against them. as i said previously, the project has been underway for several years, looking at things like the route and potential areas of and substance, so the engineers will have been looking at this and how to mitigate it. one of the key things to remember is, we are able to use cutting—edge new technology, to use cutting—edge new technology, to make sure that we are moving efficiently and reducing congestion and reducing emissions and, ultimately, we have to drive down carbon dioxide emissions and improve air quality and try to make transport accessible for all. thank
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you very much for talking to us. 75 members of staff at a cardiff hospital have been left "broken" by a court ruling that means they owe thousands of pounds in parking tickets. on friday, a judge at cardiff civiljustice centre ruled private company indigo could collect the charges from university hospital of wales staff. the ruling means 75 people must pay £128 per outstanding ticket. earlier i spoke to our reporter jordan davies from cardiff. staff at wales‘ largest hospital say there simply isn‘t enough room there. there is one large hospital building and several multistorey car parks dotted around the site, somejust for staff, but the staff say there is not enough room for a large hospital and they have to park elsewhere in designated areas. —— undesignated. since april last year staff parking in these areas have
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received parking fines, some staff say they have received quite a few parking fines. they have not been paying them, believing they didn‘t have to, and they have been ignoring reminders but now a judge at cardiff civiljustice centre says the staff have to pay these fines at £128 a ticket and some staff say they may now have to sell their homes or take out loans to cover the costs. what kind of staff are we talking about? nurses, doctors, office workers, technical staff, across—the—boa rd ? yes. this group of staff were taken to court by indigo parking services who run the car parks and they now have to pay £128 per ticket and they had to share the £26,000 in legal costs. many staff say they cannot believe it has happened and they cannot believe it has got to this point. they do not know now what they will do to try and find the money. we are going to pull out of that.
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justine greening has announced extra funding for schools £1.3 billion for the years 19 and 20. in 2018 and 19, and 2019-20, the years 19 and 20. in 2018 and 19, and 2019—20, the nationalfunding formula will set indicated budgets formula will set indicated budgets for each school and a total schools funding received by each local authority will be allocated according to our national fair funding formula, and transparently, for the first time. local authorities will then continue to set a local formula to distribute that funding, as they do now, and for determining individual school budgets in 2018—19, and 2019—20, in consultation with schools in that area. i will shortly publish the operational guidelines to allow them to build —— to begin that process. to support their planning, i am confirming now that from 2018—19, all local authorities will receive
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some increase over the amount they plan to spend on schools with high needs in 2017—18 and we will confirm gains to local authorities based on that final formula gains to local authorities based on that finalformula in gains to local authorities based on that final formula in september. gains to local authorities based on that finalformula in september. the guide will set out some important areas that are fundamental to supporting a fairer distribution to the national funding formula. supporting a fairer distribution to the nationalfunding formula. for example, we will ring fence the vast majority of funding provided for primary and secondary schools although local authorities in agreement with local schools forums will be able to move some other limited funding to area such as special schools, where this better matches local needs. as well as this additional investment with a nationalfunding additional investment with a national funding formula, i am also today confirming our commitment to double the pe and sport ‘s premium for primary schools. all primary schools will receive an increase in their pe and sports funding in the next academic year. £1.3 billion of additional investment in core schools funding which i am
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announcing today will be funded in full from efficiencies in savings that i have identified within my department‘s existing budgets rather than higher taxes or more debt. this course requires difficult decisions, but i believe it is right to prioritise schools core funding, even as we continue the vital task of preparing —— repairing the public finances. and maximising the proportion of my department‘s budget which is allocated directly to front—line headteachers, you can use their professional expertise, to ensure that it is spent where it will have the greatest possible impact. and i challenge my civil serva nts to impact. and i challenge my civil servants to find efficiencies, as schools are having to do. i want to set up briefly be savings and efficiencies i intend to support. efficiencies and savings across the main capital budget, i believe, can release £420 million. the majority of this will be from the pupils per
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capita funding which can result in savings of 315 million. this will have revenue from the soft drinks levy and the planned budget which remains, i will be able to channel to front—line schools whilst retaining a commitment that every single £1 of england‘s share of spending from the levy will be invested in improving children‘s health, including £100 million in 2018-19 for health, including £100 million in 2018—19 for the healthy pupil‘s capital. we remain committed to an ambitious preschools programmer delivers choice, innovation and higher standards for parents. in delivering the programme and the plans for a further 143 schools which were announced at the last budget, we will work more efficiently to release savings of £280 million up to 2019—20, this will include delivering plenty of those 140 schools, through the local
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authority would, rather than the free schools route. across the rest of the dfe resource budget, which is over £60 billion per year, i will also priority £250 million in 2018-19, and £350 also priority £250 million in 2018—19, and £350 million, in 2019-20, to 2018—19, and £350 million, in 2019—20, to fund the increase in the core schools budget spending that i am now is —— now announcing today, planning to redirect £200 million from the department‘s several programmes towards front—line funding for schools, and last these projects are useful i believe strongly this funding is most and more valuable in the hands of headteachers. alongside this extra investment, it‘s vital that school leaders strive to maximise the efficient use of their resources to achieve the best outcomes for all their pupils and to best promote social mobility. we already provide schools with support to do this, but we‘ll now go further to ensure that that support
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is effectively used by schools. we will continue our commitment to securing substantial efficiency gains oaf the coming years. good value so—called national deals that procure better value goods and services on areas that all schools spend money on and purchase goods in can save significant amounts. they‘re available for example under the deals based on our existing work. for example on insurance or energy. in the case of energy, schools can save on average 10% on their energy bills if they use a national deal. we will expect schools to be clear, if they do not make use of the deals and have consequently higher costs. across school spending as a whole, we‘ll improve the transparency and usability of data so parents and governors can see the way funding is being spent and understand notjust educational standards in schools but financial effectiveness too. we have
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just launched a new online efficiency benchmarking service which will enable schools to analyse their own performance and do so much more effectively. we recognise that many schools have worked hard up to this point to manage cost—based pressures on their budgets and will ta ke pressures on their budgets and will take action this year to provide targeted support to those schools where financial health is at risk, deploying efficiency experts that can give direct support to those schools. mr speaker, the significant investment we are making in schools and the reforms that we are introducing underpin our ambition for a world class education system. together they‘ll give schools a firm foundation that will enable them to continue to raise standards, promote social mobility and to give every child the best possible education and the best opportunities for the future. thank you, mr speaker. i thank the secretary of state for the slight...
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studio: an announcement of £1.3 billion. let‘s hearfrom the shadow education secretary for a moment. i'll always be the first to welcome new money for schools. after all, i've spent a year asking the secretary of state to give our schools the funding they need so it's nice to know i'm finally getting through to her. mr speaker, mrspeaker, i mr speaker, i would like to thank parents, school leaders and teachers across the country for all the work they've done in pushing this issue up they've done in pushing this issue up the political agenda. i think both the secretary of state and i know that this wouldn't have been happening today without them. but sadly, mr speaker, today's statement raises more questions than it answers. i raises more questions than it answers. | welcome raises more questions than it answers. i welcome the £1.3 billion announced today, but can the secretary of state confirm if it
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will protect per pupil budgets in real terms orjust the overall budget? astoundingly, this has all been funded without a penny of new money from the treasury. perhaps the chancellor didn't want to fund schools and thought that teachers and teaching assistants are simply more overpaid public servants. i wonder if the secretary of state agrees with him. does her decision to seek savings from the free schools programme mean she finally agrees with those of us on this side of the house who believe that the programme has always been inefficient? the free school programme has always been more expensive than ministers hoped so the idea that hundreds of millions of pounds can now be saved seems to me like a bad joke. will she simply be honest with the house and tell us all exactly how much money will be cut from which spending items and who will lose out as a result. mr
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speaker, i know they're in full retreat from their own manifesto but i don't see how this1 beened 1.3 billion can possibly deal with it. we we re billion can possibly deal with it. we were promised £4 billion... the speaker: order. a group hysteria takes over. mr chalk, you are usually a very understated fellow. rather a gentlemanly type i had always thought. calm yourself. and you're sitting next to a very senior memberwho you're sitting next to a very senior member who normally behaves, prince andrew or there, as the very embodiment of dignity. anyway, i'm sure you will recover your composure ina minute. sure you will recover your composure in a minute. you should watch a few federer matches, you will learn something about composure. angela rayner? i know they‘re in full retreat from their own manifesto. we were promised £4 billion and now we are
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only getting £1.3 billion. can schools expect anything else in future or, is this yet another broken promise? their manifesto promised a free breakfast for every pupil in primary school. first she said it would cost £60 million, leaving parents wondering how you can provide a breakfast at under 7p per meal. then she said it would be £180 million but would only go to the most disadvantaged. she had plenty of time to get her figures straight, mr speaker, so can she tell the house if this is still her policy? how many pupils will benefit and how much will it cost? mr speaker, she said that the full funding formula‘s been delayed again with local authorities playing a role in setting budgets until to 20. is this because she‘s finally acknowledged the role local authorities have to play? or has she simply realised that to fully
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implement her plan, she would need to pass primary legislation and her government is so weak and wobbly that they cannot even get new money for schools passed through this house? mr speaker, what the secretary of state has announced todayis secretary of state has announced today is nothing more than a sticking plaster. her pupilfunding will still fall over the course of this parliament unless further action is taken urgently. i will welcome the opportunity to protect budgets for our schools, but this statement alone will do nothing of the kind. thank you, mr speaker, i think there's only one party in full retreat from its manifesto and it certainly is not this one! it's certainly is not this one! it's certainly not this one. we heard over the weekend that the promise to students wasn't worth the paper it was written on and it was one of the
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most dishonest pieces of electioneering i've seen in many, many years and our young people deserve better than to be peddling some snake oil propaganda that is not true. i should say that i'm pleased that she recognises this extra investment. i'm shocked to hear that the labour party has now turned its head on fair funding and soots it might have voted against introducing fair funding and created a hard formula. many teachers will be concerned by that stance, yet another one. i have to say, she talked about getting through to the pa rt talked about getting through to the part crill opposite in relation to schools funding. studio: we are going to pull away from that announcement. £1.3 billion. money raised through efficiencies and savings, she says. on social media, a lot of eyebrows being raised about that particular commitment. i want to take you to
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the breaking news we are just getting. the final part of the route for hs2, which hasjust been announced, and it will mean that new homes in south yorkshire will be demolished after the government confirmed this route. properties will be bulldozed in mexborough to make way for the high speed railway. this coming from the department of transport. this is route. residents will lose their homes because ministers decided the line should serve the existing sheffield city centre station after proposals to run trains to meadowhall shopping centre were shelved. we are already hearing labour‘s mp‘s furious. the department for transport saying 16 properties will be demolished. some argued the plans should take into
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account 216 homes originally planned at the site. let‘s speak to karen schofield who has been waiting for this decision. you have looked at this. what does it mean for you?m means it‘s the worst possible news that anybody wants to hear, that you‘re going to lose your family home which my husband and his brothers, they bought the land a long, long time ago, 40—odd years ago and there‘s been four family homes built, there‘s horses, sta bles, homes built, there‘s horses, stables, we have provided employment for local communities. it‘s ok hs2 saying they‘re going to compensate like for like. we have invited them to come down here and have a look what we‘ve built up over the years. they haven‘t been. but it‘s just going to be the worst possible news and how we can all start again, it‘s
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just unthinkable. i know you work at the local primary school, tom your husband you say is a farmer on the farm there. what actually does this mean? what will the next few years mean for you as a family? it will mean that we won't be standing together like we always do. we will continue the fight.|j know this is upsetting and i appreciate, as we talk to you, this news is only just appreciate, as we talk to you, this news is onlyjust sinking in. particularly difficult because you‘ve waited for this for years, haven‘t you? you‘ve waited for this for years, haven't you? well, we first got to know last year in july that then things were hurried through, you know. we haven‘t had as long as other councils to get in our consultation forms. things have been rushed through and communication, to be quite frank, has been dire, it‘s been absolutely disgusting the way that we have been tremendous. —— we have been treated. what have you
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done to try to stop it in that year? we have tried to raise awareness in the area. we have actually asked hs2 if they would like to come up and have a look to see what we have built up over the years. but they didn‘t. we have tried to raise awareness, we have had leaflets printed. just getting out there in the community. we have had lots of support from our local councillors, you know. they‘ve helped us immensely and we have write tonne mps, to ed miliband, to the prime minister, and i just mps, to ed miliband, to the prime minister, and ijust don‘t think... they think it‘s a fantastic high—rise project, they don‘t know what is lying in the wake. they‘ve just no idea of what people are going through and the lives we live up going through and the lives we live up here and they should come out and have a look. what do you say to those watching who say they utterly understand where you are coming from, this is your home, your community, but for the greater good,
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for the 16,000 jobs this project will bring and what it will do for south yorkshire and the benefits it brings — the lady next to you clearly doesn‘t agree with you. brings — the lady next to you clearly doesn't agree with you. this is my niece. this isn‘t going to benefit south yorkshire one bit, it‘s just benefit south yorkshire one bit, it‘sjust going to benefit south yorkshire one bit, it‘s just going to benefit them down south who‘ll make the business trips up south who‘ll make the business trips up to south yorkshire. that‘s the only thing that‘s going to benefit. i don‘t know your name? only thing that‘s going to benefit. i don't know your name? benefit for anybody round here. people for one aren‘t going to be able to afford to get on it. i don't know your name, but i just want to ask you why you think they‘ve come to that decision? well, i do believe... i think they are saying it‘s more cost effective, but if it‘s going to be a loop that‘s serving sheffield, this loop won‘t be big enough to get up to high speed. are you with me? yes, i
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am and, as i say, a lot of people will watch you and utterly understand the dilemma you now face. you are going to have to move? well... that will be the last... well... that will be the last... well it will be the most terrible thing if we do have to move but, as my husband said, if anybody‘s going to bulldoze this property, which i laid the first brick for, it will be him and nobody else. so you will fight this to the end? yes. yes. and that means what? there is too much love and too many memories. family memories. too much hard work. gone into all of this. yes. over 40-odd yea rs. into all of this. yes. over 40-odd years. so what is the message to chris grayling who says he‘s made certain concessions with this announcement and he says this will benefit more than it effects?” don't believe him. i don't think
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they've looked into it at all. i think they've sort of said it will be more cost effective, but let's see. i don't think it will. the money that they're going to be spending, surely that can be spent more wisely and efficiently. look at the national health service. look at what'sjust the national health service. look at what's just happened in the national health service. look at what'sjust happened in london. these poor family who is've lost their homes. let's push it that way. i know this isjust literally their homes. let's push it that way. i know this is just literally we have all just i know this is just literally we have alljust heard this, but what are you going to do right now? how do you feel right now about what this announcement is going to mean for you? gutted. absolutely gutted. i'm gutted and very upset and i'm very emotional. whatever the next phase is, we will all stand together. i do believe that hs2 are already on the estates handing
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leaflets out saying how they can be supportive. we have had no such support. i don‘t think they even knew we were here really until we brought to it their attention. we didn't show up on a map, we had to show them where we were. i've got to leave it there. i appreciate you‘ve spent the first few moments of having heard this news talking to us and thank you very much, perhaps we‘ll keep an eye on what you promise is going to be a battle is it, you are really going to take this on? definitely. yes. well, thank you very much. not on this watch. thank you very much for your time. ina in a moment we‘ll have a look at the financial markets, but first the headlines: the hs2 will serve a station in sheffield city centre. it
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says people whose homes will have to be demolished will be able to move into similar homes. david davis has called on both sides to get down to negotiations. a terminally ill man with motor neurone disease begins his high court challenge to ban unassisted dying. a strong start to the uk market on monday. there have been some good numbers out of china which show solid growth — and that‘s good news for all those big mining companies like anglo american, antofagasta which produce the raw materials for chinese economic growth. the mining companies are among several that have been handing out massive record breaking dividends to their shareholders this year. companies like lloyds and national grid have even issued special dividends.
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we‘ll be looking at the reasons behind this largesse in a moment. itv was a big mover today after it said that easyjet boss carolyn mccall is going to be the new boss there. she‘s got a background in the media — she used to be chief executive at newspaper publisher guardian media group. and the other announcement was the names of the big contractors for the high speed rail project from london to birmingham. now one of the companies is carillion, which last week saw its shares plummet 70% as it was forced to write off almost 850 million pounds in construction costs. let‘s get detailed analysis of laith khalaf, senior analyst, hargreaves lansdown. laith, is this going to rescue carillion do you think, do you think it‘s going to be what it needs because it was in such trouble last week? yes. good news obviously but
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it won‘t be enough. carillion has issues of a big debt pile, it has a huge pension deficit as well. it‘s cut its dividend to shareholders to help shore up its cash. of course at the moment it‘s without a ceo as well. all eyes still waiting for that september update on what the new strategy is going to be. that‘s probably going to mean the company has to raise more capital, which can‘t be good for existing shareholders. we are seeing that reflected in the share price. shares are up strongly on the back of that news today up 20% but they are still trading under 70p. they were trading at over £1.90 just ten days ago. on the other hand, a lot of companies have been feeling rich enough to be able to give out huge great dividends over the last six months orso, dividends over the last six months or so, the dividends over the last six months orso, the mining dividends over the last six months or so, the mining companies in particular, but many others, why have they been doing this, why haven‘t they been investing the money in their own businesses? there area number of
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money in their own businesses? there are a number of factors behind the dividend payouts. one big factor is what‘s happened to the currency. there are some big dividend payers in the ftse100, hsbc and royal dutch shell who pay in dollars, so a wea ker dutch shell who pay in dollars, so a weaker pound helps boost that income strea m weaker pound helps boost that income stream in pounds and pence in uk investor pockets. we have had one—off arrangements like national grid which paid £1n the 2 billion from an asset sale and we have had a recovery in the mining sector. companies like lloyds obviously coming back into private ownership has started to pay dividends. there area has started to pay dividends. there are a host of reasons. that is in comparison with what people are getting in their cash accounts at the moment. still low interest rates. that‘s one of the main reasons income seekers are turning to the stock market. what about the new boss of itv coming from easyjet carolyn mccall, is that good news? yes, i think so. i think generally she‘s done a very good job at
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easyj et, she‘s done a very good job at easyjet, share prices trebled over her tenure. she has experience in media and has a non—executive role at burberry, she‘s had a non—executive role at lloyds and tesco so a broad range of experience there and she joins itv at an interesting time, advertising revenue is very heavily linked to the economy so there could be some challenges ahead and there is way people are viewing content is now more down to on demand channels, putting her on a collision course with netflix and amazon, so a lot to get her teeth into. a quick look at the markets. carillion, gained almost 20% today. managed to claw back some of the value it lost last week. the us market flat at the moment. that‘s all from me, there is a roundup of all the other
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top business stories on our website, sarah champion, a local mp has been tweeting: she goes on to say she‘s very disappointed the government have ignored the views of south yorkshire when deciding the route which will mean new homes in south yorkshire will be demolished after that confirmation of the route. here is a map showing what the government is now saying the hs2 route will be. houses in mexborough will be bulldozed to make way for the railway. ministers decided the line
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should serve the existing sheffield city centre station after proposals to run trains to meadowhall shopping centre were shelved. we have spoken to karen schofield who says her family will be devastated. she said they‘ll fight this decision all the way. plenty of reaction throughout the afternoon and in the 5 o‘clock hour too. it‘s more than 1,000 years since the lynx became extinct in the uk but campaigners hope reintroduce it to the british countryside on a trial basis. an application being considered by natural england could see them released into kielder forest in northumberland, but the return of a major predator is worrying farmers. graham satchell reports. the last lynx in britain was killed for its fur 1,300 years ago. the application going in to natural england today would see them return.
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between six and ten wild lynx released into kielder forest in northumberland. this is a huge conservation milestone. this is the first licence ever submitted to reintroduce lynx on a trial basis to the uk. this is a life—sized cutout of a lynx, so that‘s actually how big a real lynx is, so they aren‘t that big, that‘s actually about the size of... paul o‘donoghue from the lynx trust has been doing a consultation, talking, listening and explaining and the children at kielder first school have big questions. are lynx dangerous to people? lynx live all over the world and in human history a healthy wild lynx has never, ever, ever attacked a human anywhere in the world. they might not hurt people but lynx are expert hunters. their main prey, deer. deer eat out the understory, they overgrazed and if you see now there‘s very little under story around so there‘s not really many places for small mammals and birds to nest and lynx are needed
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to control that balance, to balance the ecosystem. not according to sheep farmers, who say deer are not a problem and lynx would be a threat. i think it‘s absolutely a stupid idea for a predator that‘s not been in this country for 1,000 years to be released where it‘s going to cause damage to viable business. as far as i‘m concerned, the lynx will go for the easy target, which is going to be sheep and lamb. i can understand the farmers being nervous... opinion here is divided. in the local pub, mike brown is thinking about his business. one estimate suggests the lynx could bring around £30 million a year in extra tourist revenue. it is the most remote village in england, so we need as many tourists as we can get. we rely on tourist trade, that‘s 99% of the trade we take is tourists. will kielder forest become
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the land of the lynx? the decision is now in the hands of natural england but if they say yes, experts predict there could eventually be as many as 400 lynx in forests around the uk. graham satchell, bbc news, kielder forest. let us have a look at the weather. crill has the latest forecast. temperatures have reached 27 in heathrow, that‘s the hotspot at the moment. just into the 80s. it was a beach day in scarborough north yorkshire with clear blue sunny skies. you can see the extent of the sunshine on the satellite picture. the only real exception has been the far north of scotland in shetland where we have had this weather front that‘s been bringing grey skies for much of the day and one or two passing showers as well. apart from that, it‘s been wall—to—wall sunshine. through the night—time
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tonight, we are going to get a few patches of high cloud. it‘s a dry night. the winds are light. quite a warm night for sleeping across southern parts of england and wales with temperatures holding up here, but a fresher night across the northern half of the uk, more co mforta ble northern half of the uk, more comfortable for getting some decent sleep. tuesday, high pressure is still in charge but it changes position which changes the wind direction. we‘ll have the winds coming from the north sea across eastern england and eastern scotland. here we‘ll see some of the biggest temperature differences. elsewhere, these are the kind of temperatures you might find out and about through tuesday afternoon, probably peaking at around 27 or 28 somewhere to the west of london. late in the afternoon we‘ll start to
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see some thunder storms breaking out. initially, these will come in across the channel islands, moving across the channel islands, moving across the channel islands, moving across the english channel and driving north as we go through the night on into wednesday. the amount of rain we get from the storm clouds is going to vary from place—to—place. however, there‘ll be a few storms capable of bringing the best pa rt a few storms capable of bringing the best part of half a month‘s worth of rainfall in the space of a few hours, so there is the risk of surface water flooding. the other feature about wednesday, it‘s going to bea feature about wednesday, it‘s going to be a hot day. temperatures up to 30 degrees in the east, but it will also feel particularly humid across the uk. that humidity will ease as fresher air moves in. towards the end of the week, temperatures will be struggling across the north—west of the uk where it will be a little bit cool for the time of year. the heat will still be with us but gradually it will turn fresher towards the end of the week as well. that‘s the weather. bye for now. today at five, there‘s anger as the government confirms the routes for the second phase of the high speed rail project,
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north of birmingham. the government has now confirmed new homes on a housing estate near sheffield, will have to be demolished. this isn‘t going to benefit south yorkshire one bit. just them down south, that is the only thing that will benefit. if we have the capacity of the future we need express trains off existing mainlines to create more space in birmingham, leeds four commuter trains in to get freight off the roads and rail. we‘ll be hearing from residents who‘ll be affected, and business leaders who welcome the new routes. the other main stories on bbc news at 5. the education secretary announces an extra £1.3 billion in funding for schools, over the next two years.
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