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The Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, has defended the Government's pay

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policy, saying public sector workers get a 10% premium over the private

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sector once pensions are taken into account.

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Mr Hammond would not comment on reports today that he said public

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workers were "overpaid", but pointed out ministers

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should not be discussing private cabinet meetings.

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Our political correspondent Jonathan Blake reports.

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The man of the moment, for perhaps the wrong reasons. Philip Hammond

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has, for the second time in a week, found himself defending private

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comments in public. The Sunday Times reports that Junior cabinet meeting

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on Tuesday, the Chancellor used language that the paper says left

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colleagues thunderstruck. Mr Hammond reportedly said public sector

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workers are overpaid when you take into account pensions. Would he deny

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that? I've told you, I'm not going to talk about what comes out of a

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private cabinet meeting. Five of your colleagues have. They shouldn't

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because cabinet meetings are supposed to be a private space in

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which we have a serious discussion. On the Chancellor. You would expect

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me to put a discussion about public sector pay in the context of the

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fiscal and economic situation that we face. Prison officers, teachers

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and nurses are among 5 million public sector workers whose annual

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pay rises are capped at 1%. That is below inflation, meaning in real

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terms many have seen their pay cut. At the general election, Labour

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promised to scrap the pay cap but to public sector workers deserve a pay

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rise above inflation? I think they do but that will be up to the

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bodies. What I won't be doing, which this Government has done, is right

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to the review bodies and say, yes, you can review the paper you can

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only go to 1%, which effectively means a pay cut for most people. The

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Chancellor's position on public sector pay is being used by some of

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his colleagues to paint him as out of touch, and according to the man

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himself, by those who disagree with him about Brexit. If you want my

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opinion, some of the noise is generated by people who are not

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happy with the agenda that I have over the last few weeks tried to

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advance of ensuring that we achieve a Brexit which is focused on

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protecting our economy, protecting our jobs and making sure that we can

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have continued rising living standards in the future. As protests

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over public sector pay continue, the Chancellor says ministers should be

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getting on with the job but the Prime Minister's authority is

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damaged after the election result and ministers do not seem to be

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invalid for doing as they are told. -- do not seem to be in the mood for

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doing as they are told. The Chancellor also said

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it was "absolutely clear" that businesses were holding off

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investment, when possible, because of uncertainty over the UK's

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Brexit negotiations. Mr Hammond said companies wanted

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more clarity about Britain's future relationship with Europe -

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and that needed to happen as early as possible to boost business

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and consumer confidence. Tougher sentences for people

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convicted of acid attacks are to be considered as part

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of a Government review. The latest official figures suggest

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there were more than 400 assaults involving corrosive substances

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in England and Wales Here's our home affairs

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correspondent, Danny Shaw. This is 21-year-old Resham Khan

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after acid was thrown at her through a car window

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while she waited at traffic lights. Her cousin Jameel Muhktar also

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suffered severe burns in the attack in east

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London last month. A man has been charged with grievous

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bodily harm with intent. Attacks like this appear

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to be on the increase. Police provided data for acid

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attacks between last November 408 incidents were recorded

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by police in 39 forces. The most commonly used substances

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were bleach, ammonia and acid. One in five offenders

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was younger than 18, where the age of the

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suspect was known. The Home Secretary, Amber Rudd,

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has now ordered a review to ensure that everything

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possible is being done Life sentences in the most serious

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cases are already available. The Home Office wants perpetrators

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to feel the full force of the law. A lot of victims have said that

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really their life has been ruined, so why aren't

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there life sentences? So to really make sure

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that the whole system really responds urgently and thoroughly

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to this appalling crime, and at the heart of everything we do

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must be the victim. The review will also examine

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whether the 1972 Poisons Act should Retailers will be consulted

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about measures to restrict sales of Customers may have to provide

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proof of their age. In the latest attacks on Thursday

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night, five moped riders in London were allegedly targeted

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in the space of 90 minutes. A 16-year-old boy has been

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charged and will appear in Roger Federer will attempt to become

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the first man to win eight Wimbledon titles when he takes

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on Croatia's Marin Cilic The 35-year-old from Switzerland

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will be in his 11th Live to our sports correspondent,

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David Ornstein, Seven wins that edged Roger

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Federer's name into Wimbledon folklore but he wants to go where no

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man has gone before, number eight. In the modern era, Pete Sampras is

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the only men's player to have matched Federer's tally of seven.

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You conceive that are going through his preparations earlier. If he gets

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the eighth title he will set himself into a league of his own and also

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become the oldest men's singles champion in the open era. He is up

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against Marin Cilic, the correction with such chilling power. He should

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have beaten Federer in the quarterfinals last year and

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squandered a two set lead and three match points but Federer is expected

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to win this one. There will also be some British success in the mixed

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doubles, with Heather Watson going up against Jamie Murray, but you

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suspect that the day will be dominated by Federer.

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It's being called New York's summer of hell - the delays for tens

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of thousands of commuters as urgent repairs are carried out

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at Penn Station, the busiest transport hub in America.

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Donald Trump has promised to be an infrastructure president,

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but New Yorkers are complaining he's not doing enough for them,

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It's a city of shimmering skyscrapers and evermore

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Where commuter trains move in slow motion,

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lines that power them are more than 100 years old.

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The country's busiest rail route in the Northeast corridor relies

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on bridges based on designs popularised in Britain

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And this is America's fastest train, which slows to an embarrassing five

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miles per hour on the approach to New York.

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Routinely, they come to a complete halt because track closures reduce

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this network to a single usable line.

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It is horribly embarrassing, especially when I have

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It is almost a third world country when it comes to infrastructure.

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The rail tunnels into New York are in such a bad state of repair

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it is feared they may be forced to close before new ones are built.

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We got a rare glimpse inside the nerve centre of the rail

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network underneath Penn Station and it felt like

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The tunnel was opened to service when the Wright Brothers switched

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from their model A flyer to the model B flyer.

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It is definitely time to build a new tunnel.

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New York's Penn Station has been hit by a series of derailments,

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earning it the nickname Pain Station, and that has prompted

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the urgent repair programme of the so-called summer of hell.

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There was absolutely a crisis of infrastructure here.

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Everything behind me relies on tunnels that

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They flooded during Superstorm Sandy and they are starting to go

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There is really a possibility that we are going to lose

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the connection under the Hudson river for the Northeast corridor,

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and then see what happens when almost 100,000 people every day

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have to find a new way to get to and from work.

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Donald Trump has promised to be the infrastructure president,

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but the recent spending bill that he pushed through Congress

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actually reduced funding for two major transportation projects -

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the tunnels and improvements to the subway system -

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More than 55,000 bridges across the country are

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Making America great again requires modernising

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You can see more on all of today's stories on the BBC News Channel.

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Good afternoon. Yesterday was quite a grey day across the UK with some

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rain but today things are brightening up from the North and

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that is where the best of the sunny spells are this afternoon. In the

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southern half of the UK, we have thicker cloud and that is bringing

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