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Eight out of 10 academies in deficit, say accountants

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Academies are faring badly financially, new figures suggest Academy budgets are in an even worse state than those of council-run schools with eight out of 10 in deficit, suggest figures from their accountants. Two more years like this and the entire sector could face insolvency, says a report […]

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Call to raid HS2 budget to fix potholes in roads

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Potholes are a menace to cyclists and drivers alike Some of the £42bn earmarked for the HS2 high speed rail link should be spent on fixing potholes in roads to prevent cycling deaths, a Labour MP has said. Catherine West said the government had got its priorities wrong […]

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MPs back bill to reunite child refugees with relatives

[ad_1] Image copyright Gabriele Francois Casini/Save the Children Changes to asylum rules that would reunite hundreds of child refugees with their families are a step closer after MPs gave their backing to the plans. Proposed legislation which would enable people who arrived in Britain as a child to sponsor applications for close relatives to settle […]

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Rise of Martin Selmayr, Juncker's ex-chief of staff

[ad_1] It’s been described as a coup – Martin Selmayr, who used to be Jean-Claude Juncker’s chief of staff, has been promoted to be the head of the EU’s civil service. The EU Commission has argued Mr Selmayr’s appointment as secretary general was all above board, but some MEPs are furious. For Politics Europe, Adam […]

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Northamptonshire Council: MPs back unitary authority call

[ad_1] Image copyright PA, UK Parliament and BBC Image caption All seven of Northamptonshire’s MPs have previously called for commissioners to be brought into Northamptonshire County Council A troubled council “needs to be abolished while the iron is hot” in the wake of a “hard-hitting” inspector’s report, a group of MPs has said. Northamptonshire’s seven […]

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Norfolk council leader could be ousted over MP tirade

[ad_1] Image copyright Norfolk County Council Image caption County council leader Cliff Jordan has responded to the fallout from an interview he gave, when he said Norfolk’s MPs needed to “earn their corn” A Conservative council leader said he had a “30% chance” of remaining in his post after launching into a tirade of criticism […]

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Spy poisoning: Russia 'underestimates UK allies' – Nato

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“Our quarrel is with Putin’s Kremlin,” Boris Johnson says. Russian President Vladimir Putin is “overwhelmingly likely” to have ordered the nerve agent attack on an ex-spy and his daughter, Boris Johnson has said. The foreign secretary said “our quarrel is with Putin’s Kremlin, and with his […]