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Tonight at Ten, there's more funding for schools in England -


?1.3 billion over the next two years.


The money will come from the existing education budget,


including from funds set aside for free schools, a flagship


The additional funding I'm setting out today,


together with the introduction of a national funding formula,


will provide schools with the investment they need


to offer a world class education to every single child.


It's a step in the right direction and we're pleased that the


government now agrees with us, but this seems to us more of a


short-term fix rather than full remedy.


There'd been anger from some Conservative MPs in the wake


The route of the new HS2 rail line north of Birmingham has been


announced, and some new homes near Sheffield


A terminally ill man has begun a High Court battle for the right


We have a special report from eastern Ukraine,


where the misery continues for thousands of people,


as a ceasefire between Russian separatists and Ukrainian


These trenches are just 40 or 50 yards from the Russian backed


forces on the other side, just over the wall here.


That's why nobody speaks loudly in this place.


And it's a family state visit to Poland for the Duke


And coming up in Sportsday on BBC News...


It's raining British golds at the World Para


Hannah Cockroft wins the 800 metres T34 final,


while Sophie Kamlish triumphs in the 100 metre T44.


Schools in England are to get ?1.3 billion extra funding,


over the next two years, but the money will be


diverted from other parts of the education budget.


There have been protests by head teachers, and disquiet


from some Conservative MPs, that schools have been


Labour has welcomed the extra money, but says it's not enough,


just a "sticking plaster unless further action


Our Education Correspondent Gillian Hargreaves has the details.


Fears over bigger class sizes, enough schoolbooks and teachers


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


We recognise that at the election people were concerned about


the overall level of funding in schools, as well as its


And as the Prime Minister said, we are determined to listen.


That is why today I am 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


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 ?43.5


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 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


From a school 's point of view, that is welcome.


Only 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. The scale of public anger


over school cuts is unprecedented. In recent times. Parents staging


marches and protests, headteachers 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. 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


Trains will run from Birmingham on two lines -


one serving the North West the other running through the East Midlands


Business leaders in the Midlands and North have broadly


welcomed the announcement, but there is concern in some places


along the new routes which will see towns and villages disrupted,


The Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is making


Our 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


Critics say costs will spiral and benefits are overblown.


Today, several years late, the government finally confirmed


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


It means that the line will come through those trees,


and they were going to build new houses there, but they've


It will come over our heads and is likely to go through these


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 and straight through into the very


Why weren't we told when we bought the property?


Why build a brand-new housing estate and then


potentially knock it down, when we are short of


Just over the road from Ben's, the line could also cut


We spoke to her last year and she was livid.


To think we put all this, over 40 odd years, into what we've got.


You were fuming last time we were here.


Too much has gone into this over the years.


I could never imagine living anywhere else.


HS2 creates losers, but it makes winners, 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


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


The total bill will be ?56 billion, making it Britain's most


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


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.


A second round of talks on Britain's departure from the European Union


The Brexit Secretary, David Davis, says it's now time to get


down to the "substance" of the negotiations.


On the agenda, the rights of EU citizens in the UK,


The financial settlement, covering the UK's outstanding commitments.


Meanwhile, Theresa May is trying to reimpose discipline


on senior ministers, after a series of leaks suggesting


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 and we negotiate


through this and identify the differences, so we can deal with


them, and identify the similarities, so we can reinforce them.


Now it's time to get to work and make this


Working out the Irish border, the Brexit bill,


But government ministers don't agree completely


Perhaps that is why the Brexit Secretary seemed


Perhaps because chatter around the Cabinet at home suggests


We have seen in another part of town today, I'm very pleased that


negotiations are beginning, and as you know, a very fair,


serious offer has been put on the table by the UK Government.


It's not just that government has to wrangle Brexit


through Brussels and Parliament, but deal with other pressures


and 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, or helpful friends with ambition,


I think, whoever is doing it, everybody needs to get into a cold


bath or cold shower, and then get together


It's damaging to the party, to the Parliamentary MPs,


and, most importantly, to the country.


Remember him, urging the Tories today to inspire,


The risk fot the Tories - the current generation


hurts each other fighting old battles anew.


Laura Kuenssberg, BBC News, Westminster.


Laura is in Westminster for us tonight.


Big announcements on funding, the proposed routes of the HS2 line and


the Brexit talks. This is a government keen to be seen getting


on with things. They are trying to show they are getting on with the


job, to use one of Theresa May's favourite and often quoted phrases.


Any government has to operate on a 360 degrees basis. If know they can


try to shape the agenda, they can't dictate it completely, even if they


were at the height of their powers. And for this group, the last five


weeks have been about trying to show that they can be in charge, that


even know they are damaged by the election campaign, they are capable


of getting something is done. Theresa May has certainly not been


helped in that by the noises off from some of her Cabinet colleagues,


or, more likely, their supporters, if they have been having some of


their arguments rather publicly instead of keeping them behind


closed doors. I think it matters that tomorrow she will be


metaphorically banging the Cabinet table, and, frankly, if


indelicately, telling them to put a sock in it. But she is clearly


trying to get a grip back on things. The former Prime Minister David


Cameron was actually visiting number ten today to trade tips on how best


to do the job. And just in the days after the election, that tumultuous


time for the Tory party, it didn't seem then endeavour to -- it didn't


seem then inevitable she would make it this far. Now just days before


Parliament breaks up for the Sam Allardyce, some of her colleagues


believe she is not through the worst, but has certainly made a


start on trying to regain some of her moment. One senior Cabinet


minister said to me that every single day she manages to stay in


the job makes it more likely she will be able to stay on, not just


for a few months, but perhaps for another couple of years. But, as


anyone around here will tell you, it's far harder to rebuild


authority, than it is to lose it. Laura Kuenssberg in Westminster,


thank you. 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. Our Medical Correspondent


Fergus Walsh reports. It's an issue which polarises


opinion, and keeps coming The latest challenge


is from Noel Conway from Shropshire, who was too weak to attend today's


hearing. Motor neurone disease


means he increasingly Once fit and active, his muscles


are progressively wasting. He fears how he will die,


and wants a doctor to be allowed I want to be able to say goodbye


to the people that I love at the right time, not to be


in a zombie-like condition, suffering both physically


and psychologically. It is only three years


since the Supreme Court rejected a similar plea for a right to die


from Tony Nicklinson, though he was not considered


to be terminally ill. The blanket ban on assisted dying


has been challenged many times, and in every case, the courts have


rejected the central argument that the current law breaches human


rights by preventing people Mr Conway's lawyers argue


that his challenge is different, as it applies to a narrow group


of people - those who are terminally ill, with less than six months


to live, and who have a settled But those safeguards have already


failed to persuade parliament. It's only two years since MPs


overwhelmingly rejected proposals Baroness Jane Campbell,


a disability rights campaigner, says changing the law would send


all the wrong signals, This case must not become law


because it will burden disabled people across the country,


who will not feel safe without the protection of a law that


says it is wrong to assist Noel Conway's health is faltering,


and he knows he may die The High Court will reserve


its judgment until October, and it may then go all the way


to the Supreme Court. Today marks three years


since Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine,


killing 298 people. It was the worst single loss


of life in the conflict between Russian-backed separatists,


and the government in Kiev. More than 10,000 people have died,


and more than a million others have fled, or been forced


from their homes. A ceasefire in the region isn't


holding, with regular skirmishes as rebels who want closer ties


to Moscow battle the Ukrainian armed forces, in mainly


Russian speaking areas. Our special correspondent Fergal


Keane and cameraman Darren Conway have been to the front line,


in the town of Avdiivka. at first the land looks at peace.


Until very quickly we walk into the war. Here you follow in the steps of


those who know the safest path, like this 50-year-old who joined the Army


when the war began. We paused because there is a sniper who has a


direct line. She is telling us to go. The sprint to cover that is the


hallmark of all the world's war zones. This was once a thriving


industrial zone, now mangled by shellfire. Where the long silences


of a half-hearted ceasefire are suddenly shattered. Thousands of


shells have landed here. This unexploded rocket detonated by


Ukrainian troops. There is a grim humour here.


Bolstered by local soldiers whose homes lie beyond the bridge


where the territory of the Russian backed forces begins.


So that big building to the left is them?


The trenches of a European war with a front line more


The ceasefire allows men to dig close to rebel lines.


There is some protection, but it is not a place to stand


We are at the furthest point forward now in the Ukrainian positions


and these trenches are just between 40 and 50 yards


from the Russian backed forces on the other side,


That's why nobody speaks loudly in this place.


You can get a sense of how precarious it is by looking at


He is scanning, he is watching for any movement on the other side


that would threaten the men digging these trenches.


It tells you it is about permanence, that this war has


And that means untold suffering, particularly


More than 1 million people are displaced on both sides.


Ludmila has moved from one war-battered village to another.


She takes her seven-month-old son for a morning walk,


taking advantage of the absence of shelling and the


A 4-lane highway, nothing comes, but an occasional military truck.


Ludmila came here after her own home was shelled


But it is the fear of random shelling that haunts the family,


making this tiny basement their refuge.


Ludmila worries constantly about a direct hit.


There are many stories like this on the other side, too.


For those who cannot move but must eke out their days


near the front line, a visit from aid worker Olga breaks


Living in a flat that was hit by a shell and gutted by fire


She survives on a pension of ?50 a month.


I am praying that God will take me, she says.


Her memory stretches back through previous ages


This child, aged seven, is an orphan of the war.


And what that bomb did is locked in her memory.


She found her mother's mutilated body just after the shell landed.


Her grandmother is laying flowers at the spot where her daughter


There are small reminders of the lives taken away.


Mobile phones, left here since the day of the shelling last May.


In a country whose war has become a brutal stalemate,


she has learned too young, too cruelly, the fragility


Let's take a look at some of the day's other top stories...


A former soldier has been sentenced to 12 years in prison


for the manslaughter and rape of a 15-year-old girl back in 1976.


Stephen Hough, 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.


A 16-year-old boy has appeared in court in Stratford,


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.


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.


Police in Manchester say a suspected arson attack at a mosque in the city


Five fire engines tackled the blaze at the Nasfat


Islamic Centre last night - a prayer room was damaged.


Our correspondent Elaine Dunkley reports from Manchester.


The Nasfat Islamic Centre set on fire, parts of the mosque turned to


ash and classrooms destroyed. Luckily no one was inside.


Investigators searched for clues as to who was responsible while


worshippers were forced to pray in the car park. If this was Ramadan,


people would have died here. They are still here until 11 o'clock


every day. This is how bad it is. This is the third fire in three


years and the most serious. In recent months pigs heads have been


thrown into the building during services. I am fearful for my kids,


that is all I am afraid of. My kids use the centre every week. What is


next? I do not know who is doing this. At this moment it is trying


period we are all shocked. Following the Manchester bombing that killed


22 people, Greater Manchester Police have recorded 224 incidents of


Islamophobia, an increase of 500% compared to last year. Police forces


in England and Wales have recorded a rise in hate crime, the impact is


felt not just by the victim but entire communities. Greater


Manchester Police take hate crime seriously and investigate all


reports and there will be extra patrols in the community to reassure


residents. Worshippers say they will not be forced out by a minority.


Their faith is strong but so is the fear they feel.


England's cricketers have been thrashed by South Africa,


Set a world record total of 474 to win, the hosts


collapsed to 133 all out, losing by 340 runs with more


It was new captain Joe Root's first taste of defeat.


There's been more success for British athletes


on the fourth day of the World Para-athletics


Championships at London's Olympic Stadium.


They've added three more gold medals, and among


those in action tonight were the double-amputee sprinter


Richard Whitehead and the wheelchair racer Hannah Cockcroft.


Our correspondent Andy Swiss reports.


Hannah Cockroft has every title, every record at every


And while the 800 metres was not quite a victory procession,


once she had surged past her team-mate, the outcome was


A second gold here for Cockcroft, remarkably still yet to lose a race


It was nice going out in front of a home crowd to help each other


and get across the line as quickly as we could.


Really glad the race is out of the way.


But it was also a night for a new kid on the blocks.


Sophie Kamlish finished an agonising fourth at last year's Paralympics.


After breaking the world record in the heat this morning the


20-year-old rose to the occasion and grabbed the gold medal. She always


runs with a flower in her hair. This was the night her talent blossomed.


Shocked and also like to thank goodness that is over. This whole


day I have felt nervous. I do not normally feel nervous that races. I


am now a nervous person, which is annoying. Britain found another


star, Olivia Breen took a gold medal in the long jump. Disappointment for


Richard Whitehead, the 200 metres champion settling for bronze in the


100 and later describing his run as rubbish, but the good news is he


says he is not retiring yet. Not quite the perfect night for home


fans but Britain is still second in the table, 11th old medals, 20


medals in total, it has been an impressive start to the


championships. Andy Swiss live at the Olympic Stadium.


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been given


a warm welcome in Warsaw as they began their official visit


Three-year-old George and two-year-old Charlotte


From Warsaw, our royal correspondent Peter Hunt reports.


At three, he's far too young to know if he's a reluctant royal,


but Prince George definitely wasn't keen to embrace Warsaw


One future king did persuade another one to follow in his footsteps.


On the tarmac, George struck a nonchalant pose and practised


A fidgeting toddler with a lifetime under an intense


Princess Charlotte faces a similar future.


A reality aged two she can remain blissfully unaware of for now.


The language divide isn't the only challenge.


Here, a country that relatively recently embraced the EU


is welcoming royals from one on the way out of the institution.


The nitty-gritty of Brexit will not feature here.


Rather, William and Kate are in Warsaw to remind people


of the depth of past links and the potential for future ones


Warsaw's past on display on a memorial wall to those murdered


when, during the Second World War, the Poles tried and failed


You wore this all the time during the uprising?


Marjenna Schejbal, aged 20, joined the Warsaw uprising.


Now 92, she said they had to fight for independence.


We couldn't stand any longer the misbehaving of Germany.


Tonight in Warsaw, Prince William talked about the two countries'


close relationship and the fact Polish is the second most


Such links, diplomatic, military, cultural, offer much promise


He did not utter the word Brexit, but it influenced his speech,


as it will the time William and Kate spend first in Poland,


News from Hull, the Humber Bridge has been given grade I listed


status. It's one of the longest single-span


suspension bridges in the world, now listed with nine other local


landmarks, in celebration of Hull's The other sites include the flat


where the poet Philip Larkin He did most of his writing in the


front room. And these public toilets,


unique in the 1920s because they had