Chancellor Sajid Javid has announced plans to make £600m available to help a project building 50,000 new homes by investing in the necessary infrastructure.
It is the latest spending pledge by the government ahead of a budget in the autumn in which Javid will set out the government’s spending and taxation plans for the next financial year.
Javid said on Saturday that the money would go to the Housing Infrastructure Fund, which helps to build road, rail links and schools, thus allowing an area more viable to accommodate more housing.
The chancellor added that the spending would help deliver five new projects in London and neighbouring counties of Essex and Bedfordshire.
“We need the roads, rail links, and schools to support the families living in those homes, which is why I set up a fund to put in place the infrastructure to unlock new homes in these areas,” he said in a statement.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has already made a number of pledges since being elected as the new Tory leader.
It has sparked speculation he will call a general election in the wake of the UK leaving the EU on 31 October, which he has pledged to regardless of a new withdrawal agreement being agreed or not.
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Sir Oliver Letwin has ruled out supporting Jeremy Corbyn to become a caretaker Prime Minister in order to avoid no-deal Brexit.
The senior Tory MP said having Corbyn in charge would do more damage than leaving the EU without a deal would.
He did, however, back discussions across the Commons to prevent the UK leaving the bloc with no agreement.
Corbyn had suggested he could win a no-confidence vote in the government and become an interim Prime Minister, preventing Boris Johnson’s pledge to leave the EU by 31 October with or without a deal.
The Labour leader would then delay Brexit and call a snap election, campaigning for another referendum.
Letwin, who is among the senior Tories to have been approached by Corbyn about the plan, said he could not back the opposition leader’s bid to take over for any length of time.
“That appears to be his agenda. I have to say it is not one I personally share,” Letwin told the BBC.
“I don’t think it’s at all likely that a majority would be formed for that and I personally wouldn’t want to vote for it. I wouldn’t be able to support that, no.”
The former cabinet minister has led several attempts to break the Brexit deadlock and prevent a no-deal Brexit, but said he was “not very inclined” to back a no-confidence and would “rule it out” if it meant Corbyn takes over.
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Further protests are under way in Hong Kong as thousands gather to march through the city’s streets for a tenth consecutive week.
On Saturday morning, teachers gathered dressed all in black in the city’s central district before marching toward the home of Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam in protest at the police brutality shown against protesting students.
They carried signs that read “protect the next generation” and shouted “don’t shoot our children,” in a show of solidarity, while demanding police halt the violence.
It comes after police fired tear gas and rubber bullets, as well as using “snatch squads” hidden among the crowd to detain people, in order to disperse crowds at previous protests.
One teacher, Winnie Lei, told Sky News she had joined to say “we want to protect our children”.
She added: “We’re quite angry. As teachers, we want to protect children, we want to save our children, and letting them know it’s okay to tell [the government] what is right.”
There will be another anti-government march in Hung Hom afterwards, before a pro-government rally at Tamar Park in Admiralty.
It comes just days after Hong Kong’s international airport cancelled all outbound flights after a mass sit-in, and a day after chief executive of Cathay Pacific Airways resigned amid pressure from China to suspend any staff protesting.
The Chinese government has warned the situation is showing “sprouts of terrorism”.
Protestors have been calling for the shelved extradition bill to be scrapped completely, an increase in democracy, Lam to resign, and an investigation into the use of police force.
UN commissioner for human rights Michelle Bachelet has called for the authorities to show restraint in dealing with protestors.
She said: “Officials can be seen firing tear gas canisters into crowded, enclosed areas and directly at individual protesters on multiple occasions, creating a considerable risk of death or serious injury.”
Further concerns have been raised at the possibility of a forceful response after Chinese military held training drills in Shenzhen, with dozens of army trucks spotted across the border.
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Officers would like to speak to these two men (pictured) in connection with a robbery in Nottingham.
The incident took place at around 10.40pm on the canal path entrance off Carrington Street on 12 July 2019.
It was reported that two men carrying a fishing rod and a plank of wood used verbal threats and physical violence in order to steal bags from a man and a woman.
If you recognise these men please call 101 quoting incident number 1113 of 12 July 2019.