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Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the nation in the wake of the Wagner group’s move (Russian Presidential Press Service via AP)

Wagner group rebellion call marks ‘most significant challenge’ to Russia – MoD

UK defence officials said the loyalty of Russia’s security forces ‘will be key to how the crisis plays out’.
More than 2.5 million illegal and potentially harmful vapes have been seized over the last three years (Nicholas T Ansell/PA)

2.5 million illicit vapes seized in three years ‘tip of the iceberg’

More than 1,350,000 vapes were seized by trading standards at Hillingdon council in west London alone


Independence can bring transformational change, Yousaf to tell SNP convention

The event will see the party discuss the way forward in its push to leave the UK.

Starmer indicates he will not raise income tax for top earners

The Labour leader said he is not looking to the ‘lever of taxation’ but to that of growth.

James Cleverly denies ‘nonsense’ claims he might stand down at next election

The Foreign Secretary said he will run again as the MP for Braintree in Essex.

Fresh pressure on Sunak as small boat crossings up on last June

The number of Channel crossings by people in small boats so far this month is now higher than the number for the whole of June last year, figures show


Lee Anderson launches GB News show by spoon-feeding fellow MP baked beans

The controversial Ashfield MP’s show also featured as a ‘token lefty’ an ex-Labour MP suspended over allegations he sent lewd texts to a teenage girl.

Minister asks Ofsted to inspect college over ‘pupil identifying as cat’ incident

Women and Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch said the incident ‘raises issues about safeguarding at the school’.

Small boat arrivals this month higher than June 2022

Total arrivals in 2023 stands at just under 11,000


Starmer had ‘ice-creams confiscated by police during unlawful summer work’

A friend who was at university with the Labour leader said they discovered their summer job of selling ice creams on the beach was ‘not legal’.

Hunt to meet with lenders as mortgage crisis worsens with rates hike

The Chancellor will meet with banks including HSBC and Santander


At least 20% of Brexit supporters would now vote differently - poll

The poll was carried out as part of a special episode of BBC Question Time


MPs warn audit backlog threatens transparency over £100 billion spend

The Public Accounts Committee said the Government must act to prevent further financial failure in local government.

Flynn: General election must be used to secure independence

The SNP Westminster leader was speaking ahead of the party’s independence convention this weekend.

Politicians and members of the media rub shoulders at Murdoch annual party

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer were among those attending the event at Spencer House in London on Thursday.

Tories select councillor for by-election to replace David Warburton as MP

Mr Warburton quit the Commons after an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and cocaine use.

Winnie Ewing remembered as ‘shining light of SNP’ following death aged 93

First Minister Humza Yousaf led the tributes to the trailblazing SNP politician.

Sir Keir Starmer open to consulting former PMs Tony Blair and Gordon Brown

The Labour leader did not rule out a move to the Lords for the former premiers despite his intention to abolish the upper house.

Mortgage lenders ‘ready to support customers’ as rates jump again

Taking all 13 base rate rises into account, the average monthly tracker mortgage payment will have increased by £464.79, according to UK Finance.

‘Focus on future’ not Boris Johnson, says PM

Rishi Sunak said he wanted to “focus on the future”, as he sought to draw a line under the partygate saga following Boris Johnson’s exit as an MP.

What is Nato? Ben Wallace says he will not be next chief

The defence secretary had been rumoured as a contender for the job thanks to his support for Ukraine after Russia’s invasion


UK no ability to ‘scale up quickly’ to deal with Covid - Whitty

Sir Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance are giving evidence to the Covid inquiry on Thursday


New powers will stop tech firms from stonewalling bereaved families, peers told

Ministers promised coroners would be able to request information from social media firms if children have died after accessing harmful online content.

Flu-associated deaths in England highest for five years

Deaths linked to cold weather last winter were the highest since 2012/13.

Ben Wallace rules himself out of contention to be Nato chief

Earlier in the month US President Joe Biden said he would support a Nato leader from the UK when he met with Rishi Sunak at the White House.

Ministers urged to embrace ‘Twat-ism’ as a flexible work approach

A ‘Twat’ is somebody who works from the office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – a stance backed by Tory MP Sir Michael Fabricant.

‘Financial catastrophe HS2 proves need for private sector interest’ – MP

Tory MP Greg Smith said the ‘total lack of interest’ from the private sector in HS2 should have been a ‘flashing red beacon’ about the rail project.

Minister wants nuclear test veterans to have medals by Remembrance Day

The Government announced in November last year that those who took part in the UK’s atomic bomb test operations would receive medals.

Three in five people think the UK is already in recession – poll

Expectations for the economy are low, with widespread pessimism about inflation, interest rates and growth, according to an Ipsos poll.

‘Bittersweet’ Windrush 75th anniversary marked

Events will be held at the Port of Tilbury where the Empire Windrush ship arrived on June 22 1948.

Government under fire over mortgage crisis as Bank set to hike rates again

The Bank of England is seen hiking rates to 4.75% from 4.5% at the noon rates decision, but some experts believe a rise to 5% may be on the cards.

Brexit an ‘economic disaster’ for trade between UK and Germany

But UK ministers still refusing to acknowledge any economic harm from quitting the EU


Scottish ministers urged to ‘resist’ Illegal Migration Bill and mitigate impact

A legal opinion by Kay Springham KC concluded the legislation will encroach on devolved areas.

Zahawi given green light by anti-corruption watchdog to take up paid second job

The former chancellor’s appointment comes with conditions applied by the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments.

Second SNP MP to stand down at next election

Peter Grant MP for Glenrothes and Central Fife has announced that he will not seek re-election.