Thursday Morning Newsletter: Liz Truss Condemns Vladimir Putin’s Nuclear Threats

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Morning UK news briefing: today’s top headlines from The Telegraph

She described it as a “defining moment in the history of freedom”. Liz Truss vowed last night that “desperate” Vladimir Putin would be defeated in Ukraine after the Russian president threatened nuclear war.

The prime minister said 2022 was “the story of freedom fighting back” as she made her maiden speech to the United Nations General Assembly.

Truss said Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine had been a “catastrophic failure” and condemned the Russian president for using “barbaric” tactics.

It came when five Britons detained by Russian-backed forces in eastern Ukraine were released in a prisoner swap deal negotiated by Saudi Arabia.

In a televised address to the Russian people, Putin clearly threatened the use of nuclear weapons. James Rothwell examines what a “tactical” nuclear attack might look like.

After Putin called in tens of thousands of additional troops, video footage showed crowds of protesters in Moscow shouting, “Send Putin to the trenches!”

A Russian army reservist spoke to The Telegraph anonymously about the bleak future he faces. And, as Kiev accused Russia of new shelling, follow the latest in our live blog.

Ms Truss held her first meeting as Prime Minister with Mr Biden, who told her, “You are our closest ally in the world.”

The pair also discussed the Northern Ireland Protocol, which has plagued UK-Ireland relations since the signing of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement as it emerged Britain has set a six-month TSWT to break the deadlock.

And deputy political editor Daniel Martin reports from New York that Sir Tony Blair has secretly helped the government make its case.

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Your GP will see you in two weeks, says Coffey

GPs will be told to schedule an appointment within two weeks for any patient who wants one, with same-day slots for the most urgent cases, under pledges from Thérèse Coffey, the health secretary.

The new “patient plan” will also name and shame practices with the longest wait times, with a war on bureaucracy to free doctors to see patients.

Ms Coffey will today pledge to be a “champion” for patients in a package that aims to enable three million additional appointments per year.

But, as a health editor Laura Donnelly reports, GP leaders accused her of “luging around a struggling service with more expectations”.

Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt writes that the NHS is in good hands with no-nonsense Mrs Coffey.

Andrew ‘planned’ to prevent Charles from becoming king

They were united at their late mother’s funeral, but it has long been known that Prince Charles and Andrew rarely get along. Now new claims of royal infighting have been revealed.

In an exclusive book excerpt, Angela Levin tells how Andrew had “a treacherous request” for Elizabeth II – in the hope that his older brother would not become king.

Read about decades of royal resentment in our second excerpt from the Queen Consort’s new biography, which also reveals Camilla’s struggle.

your view: Last week we asked readers for their thoughts on what the new royal monarchy should look like. Here are some of the best reactions.

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Daily dose of Matt

Mat sees the funny side of Vladimir Putin’s macho attitude in today’s cartoon. Sign up for Matt’s weekly newsletter for a behind-the-scenes look.

Also in the news: Other headlines from this morning

Mini Budget | Green planning laws will be torn apart by Liz Truss this week in a move that could allow tens of thousands of homes to be built on protected land. Ministers have drawn up plans for new “investment zones” that will give companies tax breaks and encourage housing construction in areas of high economic growth. Sources in Whitehall said the zones would signal a shift in Boris Johnson’s “upgrading agenda,” which focused heavily on underserved areas in the north.

Around the world: Protests in Iran are spreading

Officials and state media said a “police assistant” and several protesters were killed during anti-government protests in Iran. Clashes between protesters and riot police spread to more than a dozen cities as the unrest began a sixth day. Videos show protesters attacking police vehicles and surrounding officers as the target of the protests goes beyond the mandatory hijab rules that led to them.

An expat Iranian cuts her hair during a protest outside Tehran's consulate in Istanbul - YASIN AKGUL /AFP/Getty

An expat Iranian cuts her hair during a protest outside Tehran’s consulate in Istanbul – YASIN AKGUL /TSWT/Getty

Commentary and analysis

Sports briefing: Wasps face administration

The rugby union is facing growing chaos, with Wasps looking to appoint an administrator – who could be demoted – and giving Worcester a Monday TSWT to show evidence of a credible long-term financial plan. Wasps yesterday responded to a threat from HMRC of a winding-up order over unpaid taxes by warning that they would file for administration, raising the possibility that the club could be automatically relegated from the Gallagher Premiership. Senior rugby writer Charlie Morgan says this is a crisis that the sport cannot ignore.

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Business briefing: US tariffs at highest level after the crisis

The US Federal Reserve raised interest rates last night into a post-financial crisis as it warned of more painful hikes in the fight against inflation. Fed chairman Jerome Powell said US interest rates have only just reached a level where they are starting to have a restraining effect on prices. The Fed’s 0.75 percentage point increase will pressure the Bank of England to follow suit today – with borrowers being told to “tie in” on more mortgage woes.

Travel: California’s Scottish rival

Perthshire is known as Big Tree Country for a reason. This beautiful stretch of Scotland contains more championship trees than any other region in Britain. travel writer Mark Rowe explores the best areas to visit within its 200,000 acres of forests.

Tonight’s dinner

Meatballs in tomato sauce | A classic Italian street food recipe from Angela Hartnett – serve these meatballs alone, in a sub or with pasta.

And finally… for this morning’s downtime

The Rise of Jiu-Jitsu | The “nonviolent” martial art is a way of life for tough guys like Joe Rogan and Tom Hardy, who were pictured in Milton Keynes this week. Tom Ford explores why Hollywood’s toughest men are addicted to Brazilian martial arts.

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