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Thursday morning UK news briefing: Today's top headlines from The Telegraph

May 19, 2022

Welcome to your early morning news briefing from The Telegraph - a round-up of the top stories we are covering today. To receive twice-daily briefings by email, sign up to our Front Page newsletter for free .

1. Vladimir Putin 'weaponising' world's food supplies

Vladimir Putin is “weaponising” global food supplies by stealing grain and destroying agricultural equipment as part of his war in Ukraine, Western officials have said.

The Kremlin is believed to be dismantling infrastructure needed for food production and blocking ports that are vital in shipping cereals out of the country, which is known as the “breadbasket of Europe”. Read the full story.

2. Rishi Sunak faces Tory mutiny over tax cuts as Cabinet colleagues call for action

Cabinet ministers publicly pressed Rishi Sunak to lower taxes on Wednesday as the Chancellor used a speech to promise a tax cut for businesses in the autumn.

Liz Truss, the Foreign Secretary, and Alister Jack, the Scottish Secretary, both argued for new reductions in tax as they discussed the cost of living crisis. Read the full story.

3. Exclusive: Rape arrest Tory MP’s alleged victim is male politician who was teenager when they met

An allegation of rape against a Tory MP was made by a male politician who was a teenager when they first met, The Telegraph understands, amid growing pressure on the Conservative Party to name him.

The MP was released on police bail on Wednesday. Read the full story.

4. It’s lovely out ... so be sure to stay inside, says nannying Met Office

Many of us have been enjoying the sunshine as Britain was treated to the hottest day of the year this week.

However, people sunbathing in their gardens have been told to avoid the hottest hours of the day by the Met Office, in advice branded “simplistic”. Read the full story.

5. Commemorative Queen’s Platinum Jubilee gifts target those with more regal budgets

A humble tin of Quality Street was what many royal fans bought to celebrate the Queen’s first quarter-century on the throne.

Complete with a portrait of Her Majesty on the lid and garish red crowns on a purple background around the bowl, the sweets were the highlight of souvenirs produced to mark the Silver Jubilee in 1977. Read the full story.

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