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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