Rishi Sunak has quit as Chancellor and Sajid Javid has resigned as health secretary as Boris Johnson's leadership faced a fresh crisis following the Chris Pincher scandal.
Mr Sunak said "the public rightly expect government to be conducted properly, competently and seriously", adding "I believe these standards are worth fighting for and that is why I am resigning."
In an incendiary letter, Mr Javid said the British people "expect integrity from their government" but voters now believed Mr Johnson's administration was neither competent nor "acting in the national interest".
Mr Johnson had tonight admitted "it was a mistake" to give Mr Pincher his job as deputy chief whip and said: "I apologise for it".
Mr Sunak and Mr Javid's resignations come after Downing Street was accused of lying over the Chris Pincher scandal this morning, as Lord McDonald said Mr Johnson was briefed "in person" about concerns relating to the then Foreign Office minister.
The publication of the letter appeared to wrong foot Dominic Raab as he conducted interviews.
Later Downing Street suggested Mr Johnson forgot he had been briefed, with Cabinet Office minister Michael Ellis telling the Commons Mr Johnson was "made aware" in "late 2019" and "did not immediately recall" it.
These are the ministers wheeled out to respond to the scandal and what they said.
If you are struggling to keep up, read how No 10's story has changed over the Chris Pincher scandal.
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Britain faces first national rail strike in 25 years
Meanwhile, five Labour metro mayors have backed workers' right to strike as they warned the cost-of-living crisis is "forcing an increasing number of people into industrial disputes".
In a statement, the mayors said striking is at times the only remaining means for people to "defend their livelihoods", with those compelled to take a stand recently including rail workers, barristers and airport staff.
More than 90pc of train services across Britain could be cancelled later this summer as drivers threaten their first national walkout since 1995.
Aslef, the drivers' union, will ballot on industrial action at 10 train companies to coincide with similar action by the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA), which represents station and ticket office workers. Read on for details.
Supermarkets add security tag to Lurpak as price rises
The cost of living crisis fueling these walkouts is most evident at the petrol station and in the supermarket.
After this week's go-slow fuel protests on the motorways divided opinion among Telegraph readers, the shocking impact of inflation is now rearing its head… on packs of butter.
Supermarkets have resorted to adding security tags to packs of Lurpak as the price of 1kg of butter reaches more than £9 in some shops.
The average price of a 500g pack of Lurpak butter has increased by 33pc compared with June last year, according to the data analyst Trolley.co.uk, far ahead of the current rate of inflation at 9.1pc.
As the high prices bite, here are the "recession-proof" jobs that are immune to a downturn.
Evening briefing: Today's essential headlines
Ukraine war | Russian forces have struck a market in "massive shelling" of the eastern Ukrainian city of Sloviansk. The Ukraine-controlled city of around 100,000 people has become Moscow's next target in its campaign to conquer the Donbas region. Reporters saw yellow smoke billowing up from an auto supplies shop today, while flames engulfed rows of market stalls as firefighters battled to extinguish the blaze. It comes as Russian prisoners are being offered freedom if they agree to serve alongside the Wagner Group in Ukraine - and come back alive.
Shot at close range | Jermaine Baker 'lawfully killed by police'
'Distressed' | Ex-BBC radio DJ stalked Jeremy Vine, court hears
Speed limiters | Now mandatory in new cars in Europe – and the UK
'Too expensive to maintain' | Iconic Euro sculpture up for sale
Comment and analysis
Jeremy Warner | We must not follow China's lockdown nightmare
Ben Wright | Germany's economic foundations are collapsing
Mark Almond | Shallow optimism will be the death knell for Ukraine
Michael Deacon | The Railway Children shows the culture war is lost
Celia Walden | Sorry Adele, but we can buy you and we just did
Around the world: 'I was shot in the face' says victim
A survivor of a mass shooting targeting July 4 celebrations has told how she has lost faith in her country as she shared images of a deep laceration in her cheek where a bullet grazed her skin. "Nothing will change in America," the young woman named Lili lamented online. Her words came as there have already been more than 209 mass shootings in the US this year, averaging out at 11 per week. It emerged the 22-year-old suspect in the Independence Day parade mass shooting is an aspiring rapper who uploaded disturbing videos to social media, including a rudimentary animation of a gunman being shot dead by police.
'We could buy a house or a dinosaur – we bought the dinosaur'
Artists and prankstsers The Connor Brothers have gained notoriety and celebrity fans. Mick Brown meets them as they make a radical return
Sport briefing: Kyrgios charged with domestic abuse
A day of drama in tennis as Nick Kyrgios has been given the Wimbledon green light to play his quarter-final despite facing court in Australia next month accused of assaulting a former girlfriend. The 27-year-old was summonsed in Dec 2021, but it appears All England Club organisers were unaware he is now due to appear before judges in Canberra. Meanwhile, defending champion Novak Djokovic fought back from two sets down to beat Jannik Sinner. Follow Cameron Norrie in action here. There was also drama in the cricket as England chased down their highest ever target to win a Test match and levelled the series with India with a thumping seven wicket win spearheaded by the reborn Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root. As coach Brendon McCullum's revolution continues, Ben Bloom reveals the key ingredients in a 'Bazball' run chase.
Fact from fiction | 11 of the most common diet myths, busted by Professor Tim Spector
Great sex after the menopause | The truth about mid-life orgasms
Extraordinary life | The trans model who romanced Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif
Business briefing: Banks prepare for downturn ahead
The Bank of England has ordered banks to rein in lending by forcing them to hold billions of pounds more in their "rainy day" fund after the economic outlook "deteriorated materially". Its Financial Policy Committee warned of "tentative signs" of a clampdown by banks on mortgage lending and borrowing by businesses most squeezed by the cost of living crunch and supply chain woes. It comes as it emerged UBS is subletting two floors of its London headquarters after remote working left the bank with an excess of empty desks. Meanwhile, a Chinese firm backed by Warren Buffett has stolen Tesla's crown after selling more electric cars in the first half of this year than Elon Musk's company.
Tonight starts now
Best al fresco restaurants | Summer has truly arrived in the UK and many of us are blissfully basking in the warm weather. Many pubs and restaurants are fortunate to have always had outdoor seating areas – while others adopted theirs more recently – either way, it is a great opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal al fresco. Whether you are looking for a fun rooftop atmosphere or a quaint pub garden, there are many ways to relax and enjoy good food and drink in the summer sunshine. From bustling eateries in the capital to more quaint quiet spots across the UK, here are the UK's best al fresco dining restaurants to book now.
Three things for you
And finally... for this evening's downtime
Inside the floating hospital | Cruising thousands of miles to plug gaps in healthcare, the $200 million Global Mercy boasts state-of-the art facilities that are in short supply across Africa. Tom Collins takes a look inside the world's largest civilian floating hospital.