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us presidentjoe biden has arrived in the uk on his first trip abroad since taking office. he's due to attend the g7 summit of world leaders in cornwall, where the agenda will include, covid recovery, climate change and trade. the eu has doubled down on its threat to take action against the uk after talks about the implementation of post—brexit trading arrangements in northern ireland ended without a breakthrough. delayed border checks are due to start at the end of this month. lawyers for the russian opposition activist alexei navalny say they will appeal against a court ruling that in effect bans his political movement. supporters face being barred from running for public office, with parliamentary elections due to take place in september. the ruling has been condemned by britain and the united states.
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it is just past 2:30am. now on bbc news, wednesday in parliament. hello again and welcome to wednesday in parliament. is britain on the brink of a sausage war with the eu? borisjohnson is boris johnson is backing borisjohnson is backing his brexit minister. david frost, lord frost is doing an outstanding job and i say he is the greatest frost since the great frost of 1709. labour say help for school children to bounce back from the pandemic isn't enough. only £50 per pupil into the education recovery fund.
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and this is scandalous. and why charging your electric car on the street can cost more than you think. roughly, i would say i paid four to five times as muchl as what it would cost if i had a driveway and could - charge at home. but first, talks between the eu and the uk to head off a trade war over northern ireland ended without a breakthrough. border checks and an effective ban on cooked meat produce like sausages are due to start at the end of the month when a brexit grace period comes to an end. according to the brexit minister, lord frost, the talks may have ended without agreement but have not broken down. and at prime minister's questions, one former cabinet minister offered support for the man who negotiated that brexit deal. according to newspaper reports the european union are unhappy with the negotiating style of the right honourable lord frost. but does my right honourable a friend agree that in fact lord frost is doing a superb job negotiating in the national interest?
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and he does he further agree with lord frost's assessment that the northern ireland protocol as currently applied is unsustainable and that matters will be considerably easier if the european union were to adopt a more pragmatic approach rather than the purest approach they are adopting at the moment? i thank my right honourable friend, and i agree with him completely. because i think that david frost is doing an outstanding job and i venture to say he is the greatest frost since the great frost of 1709. but the sdlp thought the uk should be pragmatic, and agree to eu standards on food produce to avoid checks. so far he's decided not to do that. - so why is he prioritising cheap dodgy beef from i australia over the concerns of| the people of northern ireland and checks in the irish sea?
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mr speaker, what we are prioritising is the right and ability of northern ireland to have access, as they should, freely with uninterrupted leader with goods and services of the whole of the uk and we're working to ensure that we protect a territorial and economic integrity of our country. that's what matters. after question time, borisjohnson headed to cornwall for the g7 summit of the world's richest countries. he left with the advice of opposition leaders ringing in his ears. both the labour leader, sir keir starmer and the snp�*s ian blackford pointed out that borisjohnson was the only leader in the g7 cutting development aid. this is a government on the run from their own moral and legal responsibilities. and on the run, mr speaker, from their own backbenchers. hear, hear. but the prime minister can't hide from this issue any longer.
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and he can't run from democracy in this house. will he stand up today and committed to a straight vote in this house on his inhumane cuts as demanded by the speaker? prime minister, it is a very simple question: yes or no? we are in very, very difficult financial times. but you should not believe that the leftist propaganda that you hear from people over there. we are spending £10 billion overseas, we have actually increased... all they want to do is run this country down, mr speaker. run this country down. interjections when we have increased spending on girls education alone to £500 million. almost half a billion. that's a fantastic sum of money to be spending in difficult times, we should be proud. i have to say i don't think
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i've ever heard the previous prime minister call us leftist propagandists, the simple fact of the matter is, the simple fact is that every single party every so member of this house stood on a manifesto commitment to 0.7%, the prime minister has reneged on that. in the week of the g7 what kind of leader washes hands of the responsibility by cutting water and hygiene projects by more than 80%, in middle of a pandemic? mr speaker, i may say that the last contribution was absolutely disgraceful. because the people of this country have gone through a very difficult time coming with had to spend £407 billion supporting jobs, families, livelihoods, throughout the country. and yet we are continuing to support international vaccination. and let me just remind him of the statistic i mentioned earlier, one in three, one in three of the vaccines being distributed around the world to the poorest
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and neediest come from the oxford—astrazeneca supply. thanks to the deal this government did. or does the name 0xfor—astrazeneca continue to stick in his craw, mr speaker? keir starmer, focused most of his questions on plans to help children in england who've fallen behind at school during the pandemic. the government's so—called "catch—up tsar", sir kevan collins, resigned after ministers refused to fund in full his plan. keir starmer said the government response offered much less per pupil than was available to children in the us or the netherlands. so can the prime minister explained when he was told by his expert that he appointed that only an ambitious fully funded catch—up plan would do, only an ambitious, fully—funded catch—up plan would do, why did he come up with something
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which in the words of that same expert is "too small, too narrow and too slow?" mr speaker, i think the right honourable gentleman needs to do the maths, catch—up on his own mathematics, because to do some catch up on his own mathematics. because in addition to the 14 billion i have already referred to only {1.5 billion catch—up plan, this is a £3 billion just for starters. it was the biggest programme of tuition of one—to—one, one to three tutorials anywhere in the world. who does the prime mr think he is kidding? he asked collins tell them what was necessary, collins told him and he said no. who does he think he is kidding? the chancellor's decision, and i assume it was the chancellor decision, it always is, to hold back the advancement needed is a completely false economy. the long—term costs are likely to be at least £100 billion, probably more, and who would be hardest hit? kids from disadvantaged backgrounds. mr speaker, if the government doesn't change course,
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this will hold britain back for a generation... he wanted borisjohnson to back labour's own plan. the prime minister wanted to focus on labour's past. i can tell you the difference between us and the party up there, it's that we put in the tough measures that are needed to give kids a better education across the country. when we rolled out the academies programme which have driven up standards, who opposed it? they did. when we put in tough measures to ensure discipline in schools, mr speaker, they opposed it. the last election, mr speaker, they even campaign to get rid of 0fsted which is so vital. the speaker didn't like that answer. just to reminder prime - minister, it's prime minister's questions, it is not- the agenda of the election. the prime minister, 0fsted, i'm | not interested in what they put|
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on the agenda, i'm more . interested in you answering the question. sir lindsay hoyle. keir starmer�*s questions about the school catch—up plan for england offered a preview of a labour led debate later in the commons. labour set out what it would do differently spending more on the pupil premium for vulnerable children and extending free school meals to the summer holidays. honourable members opposite must understand notjust my dismay, but the dismay of every teacher and every parent i have spoken to in the past week, and to be wholly inadequate announcement from the secretary of state providing just 10% of the funding from the government's own highly respected education adviser, sir collins said was needed to enable children and young people to bounce back from the pandemic. the chair of the education committee defended the government's support for schools but he did call for assurances of where
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the cash would go. my worry about the catch—up funds, as it is, is that it appears not enough is reaching disadvantaged pupils. recent figures suggest that 44% of the pupils receiving the premium were missed. there is also significant regional disparity, so for example there's huge take—up of the south—west but just 58% in the north—east. if the catch—up programme is going to be the success i believe it could be, ministers must ensure that funds are directed towards the most at the vulnerable pupils who have fallen behind in the pandemic. others had more damning comparisons of the funding itself. the recovery plan place the value ofjust £50 i per child, this is 32 times - less than the us and 50 times less than the netherlands. is this really build back better? - because, to me, it seems like a build back cheaper. | the last year, this government
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has chosen to spend more on one month of the disastrous eat out to help 0ut scheme then on the entire year plus budget for schools catch—up, and only £50 per pupil into the education recovery fund and this is scandalous. but one tory mp said it was right to keep one eye on the books during a time of crisis. this is a government that has spent over £400 billion, protected the lives and jobs of the people of this country. we have borrowed £300 billion in the last fiscal year, and the last time we exceeded 10% of gdp was in the financial crisis in 2008 and then world war ii, so forgive me that there is a common theme that actually we do have a degree of fiscal prudence and that the treasury should have the right to challenge what is asked to spend. in these very committed very difficult times. there was also a lot of support behind one of sir kevan�*s proposals to lengthen the school day, with one former teacher going even further. if we think about reducing the length of the school summer
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holiday from six weeks to four weeks, estimates have shown in a report i did in collaboration, that this would save the average family £266. that was a huge financial impact in the pockets of those parents were also hoping to tackle the plight of children not being able to get fed over a long summer break, but more importantly also means those children who are from disadvantaged backgrounds with the table gap widens during the six—week summer break, means that we can continue to be narrowed and when they return they are not spring the first seven weeks on average of their term having to catch up to where they were at the previous academic year. the schools minister promised a review into the longer school day if not shorter holidays before the end of the year. and insisted the government was taking the right approach to fixing education post the pandemic. behind the opposition's warm words and hot indignation, there is no substance and no real plan. hear, hear! but the government is
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getting on with the job, this challenging job of tackling a pandemic, keeping our economy alive, supporting people public incomes, supporting the nhs and our doctors and nurses, vaccinating the nation and providing education and support to 8 million children and young people. nick gibb. you're watching wednesday in parliament with me, david cornock. still to come: how the speaker confused prime minister's questions with a tv sitcom. in a second debate called by labour on justice for victims, the shadow justice secretary railed against what he said were the government's mistakes. closing the courts, cutting police, cutting the prosecution service and the de—prioritization of crime, it led to a back lot that's unprecedented, delays that are forcing victims of crime to drop out, inefficiencies that are letting dangerous criminals get away with murder. but the presentjustice secretaries failures are more of inaction than wrong actions. thejustice secretary hit back. his was a record
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of action, he said. 0utlawing upskirting, creating the criminal offence of stalking which many were involved with. revenge porn and the threat of revenge porn. 0utlawing the rough sex defence dealing with the appalling defence of nonfatal strangulation are all achievements of this conservative government. robert buckland. the government's been accused of being "mean spirited" by tightening up the immigration rules for children on school trips from other european countries. at the moment, children from the continent can use an id card to enter the uk. from october this year, they'll need a passport. what a depressing advert for global britain. thousands of schoolchildren from europe will not now be visiting our country since they'll longer be able to use an eu or eea id card and the requirement for passports in some cases
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visas will put such trips beyond the capacity of many schools. my lords, it's short—sighted, it is petty and mean spirited and it means that cultural exchange with young people in europe, will not have the valuable long—term economic and cultural links we have enjoyed for so long. the minister said the home office wouldn't be reconsidering the matter. that assertion that thousands of children won't be visiting. ijust don't agree with it. what about the children from the rest of the world to visit this country? are they in a different category? we're treating everybody in exactly the same way and of course, there's always, there is always the option to get a collective passport for groups of children issued under the 1961 council of europe treaty. the united kingdom is getting a reputation for doing everything to annoy europe. the minister speaks about other countries, but all of the nearby countries
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are in the european union and all we're doing is making people feel that they are unwelcome. we are tearing up something which does not need to be torn up. the minister says they won't reconsider, so i will not ask her to reconsider but i will ask her to reflect on the damage that she is doing to britain's reputation outside of this country. although i have much respect for my noble friend but one could actually flip that the other way and say that the long—standing issue of children outside of the eu, have we for years made them feel unwelcome? i don't think we have. there was no let up in the criticism. i will argue that this _ is short—sighted and will cause damage to our economy, and it will cause damage|
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to our educational- institutions, and put an end to short—term school trips and i agree that the point| that it is affecting the rest. of the world is not important, it's the question about our relationship with europe . and it is important- that we do not in any way dent our self power. this attempt to align european school students with the rest of the world really won't wash, because it is talked about being ambitious to global britain, the other favourite slogan of the brexit government is that we may have left the eu, but we have not left europe. is she not in the slightest bit concerned of the barriers for visiting and learning in the uk will give a negative impression of our country to those young people, to their families and one that might in time be to the detriment, both not only of our economy but our cultural and global reputation? i know many schools have arrangements whereby children and i remember when my children were in school, children
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who cannot be sent on school trips of which there were many. perhaps to go to another country, there are generally provisions for schools to help out in situations like that. this is not about a matter of upsetting the european union, this is a matter of geography, history, of educational connectivity and about the reputation of our country. you can get into this country if you have £2 million whatever your circumstance is, never mind whether will really want you or not. and he hoped the minister would take their concerns back to the home office. lady williams was also taken to task over the progress being made on disregarding offences relating to homosexual conduct, which have since been abolished. the government's promised to widen the scheme to cover further offences, enabling more people to have convictions set aside. is it not something of an affront to gay people that four and a half years have elapsed since they gave
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a commitment to extend the scheme, notjust because the home office has long been in possession of draft regulations prepared by professor pauljohnson, york university, one of the greatest experts on the matter which should appeal strongly to the government and the sword so frequently to secondary legislation, particularly at the time when scotland and northern ireland have wider disregard schemes than england and wales. we remain committed to do all we can to write this historic wrong and could i pay this point, tribute to pauljohnson and others like my noble friend who have been so committed to put professorjohnson for his expertise and i think it is important to note that any additional offences must meet the suitable legal criteria to be eligible to be disregarded. not only does the government seem be dragging its feet on this issue, but there seems to been a policy shift since liz trust became minister of equality.
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0n the noble baroness the minister was the minister for qualities, did she ever feel the uk was focused too heavily on so—called fashionable race, sexuality and gender issues? could this explain the governments reluctance to take action on this important issue? our commitment to this is not diminished despite the fact that it has taken time even as of now, i remain committed to equality, the government remains committed to equality and i am very proud of what the conservative government has brought forward to advance equality. lady williams. with the sale of petrol and diesel cars to be banned from 2030, many people will be looking to buy an electric car. but a new type of vehicle prompts many questions, not least, will there be enough
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places to charge them up? the commons transport committee is looking into some of the implications of this shift away from fossil fuels. the mps asked a panel of experts, how confident they were that all drivers would be able to charge their vehicles, wherever they were, by that date of 2030. we do have confidence that we will be able to manage and create the level of charging required by 2030 when all cars and vans are electric. however, there are some barriers that do need to be overcome in order for us to get there. we need the availability of charging, especially in rural areas also needs to improve. but then, the kind of incentives and support that the government offers needs to become more sustainable to really support the large number of vehicles that are going to come to stream in the next nine years 01’ so. the other witnesses said they were relatively confident, too.
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how many charge points are we going to need by 2030? at this point, but the numbers are relatively low in scotland leads the way, do you have views on how many will be needed by 2030? there is no magic bullet for the right answer of charging, which needs the right speed of charge or at the right location at the time you're going to be there. so that's two hours, then you probably need a 50 kilowatts charger. if your driveway overnight part is the date, seven charge is absolutely fine. if you're going outside the normal range of the car, you're going to need something really rapid. each of those charges will have different demands on the system and so you can have a lot of low rated charges and have the same requirement as a single rapid. but what you actually need is the right charger for the right duration of people and parking. so it's notjust clear in saying what is the number of charges. if you were to look on an app like this that maps all the charges in the country, you could be lulled into the of security
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that there are millions. there more in the uk than other stations, but the right location is important. the most that we are - installing today is in homes and workplaces, that is - what we see the most volume and so my view by 2030, millions it's going to be i in the millions in homes- and workplaces in their focused on charging their cars- and parking at work and they're focused on charging their cars overnight, in their homes - and i think by 2030, - you've got to that number. it's got to be above - the half—million, it's a lot of on street charges for people who do not have a driveway. i can i ask about prince? is there a danger that we could be facing a situation from those people who are lucky to have a driveway where they can charge cheaply overnight. and be able to do it more cheaply than those who are on street
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and charging points? that situation you describe is my current situation and currently i do not have a driveway at my house at a park it on the street where i find a space and certainly, on the times was able to come back to the office and use workplace charging, i was reliant on the public on street network and roughly i would say i paid four to five times as much as what it would cost if i had a driveway and could charge at home with a good tariff and so on. and because it is a public charging network, i pay 20% on every charging event where as had a charged at home, i would pay 5% that as is the case with any home electricity. so, there is a disparity there and it does, in our view,
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need to be addressed. we saw earlier the speaker got rather cross with the prime minister and sir lindsay hoyle got tough with the prime minister again later, cutting him off in full flow by calling the next questioner. they pontificate, they pontificate and procrastinate! felicity kendal! come on! thank you, mr speaker! you've made me slightly older, yes! felicity buchan. not to be confused except by the speaker with the good life actress. felicity kendal. that was wednesday in parliament but i hope you can join me at the same time tomorrow for the week in parliament with highlights from westminster and the uk's other parliaments. until then, from me, david cornock, bye for now.
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hello. the real sense that summer is properly here in the next five days or so. high levels of pollen, uv, but very little in the way of rainfall and heat really building on into the weekend. we have the azores hi, our typical summertime seasonal visitor to thank for this stable weather, there will be more cloud around first thing on thursday, could be quite misty and murky for some southern and western coasts throughout the day with some drizzly outbreaks of rain but in the sunshine, committee which is above average again, back to the north—east of gotland in particularly for central and eastern england. friday we do see a weather front working its way south across the uk but it will be a very weak feature, introducing perhaps a few sharper showers across england throughout the day, a lot of sunshine in the south, temperatures in the mid—20s is a little pressure to the north of that front, but
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the north of that front, but the high pressure builds again into the weekend, a lot more dry weather to come and temperatures on the up.
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welcome to bbc news, i'm mark lobel. our top stories: president biden arrives in the uk for the g7 summit — it's his first foreign tour since taking office injanuary. he promises a multilateral america with a warning to russia and an appeal to support democracies around the world. the united states is back and democracies of the world are standing together to tackle the toughest challenges. the eu says its patience is "wearing very thin" with the uk, in talks aimed at avoiding a trade war over border checks with northern ireland. political organisations linked to the jailed kremlin critic alexei navalny are banned by the russian government.

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