Wednesday morning news briefing: Prime Minister warns of more 'disruption'

Liz Truss; Tory Party Conference; Suella Braverman; Mini Budget; Russia-Ukraine war; Education
Liz Truss; Tory Party Conference; Suella Braverman; Mini Budget; Russia-Ukraine war; Education

After days of division and turbulence, Liz Truss will today give her first Tory conference speech as party leader. In her much-anticipated address, she will warn of further "disruption" as she fights to deliver economic growth.

The Prime Minister will acknowledge that not everyone will be in favour of her reforms, but will insist an end to "drift and delay" is necessary to protect jobs and public services.

Following opposition to her tax-cutting agenda, she will attack what she will call the "anti-growth coalition", adding: “Whenever there is change, there is disruption."

As well as being forced to U-turn on scrapping the 45p tax rate, Ms Truss has faced open rebellion from two Cabinet colleagues over the suggestion that benefits could be linked to the rise in earnings rather than inflation.

Daniel Martin and Ben Riley-Smith understand that Tory party leaders are planning to enforce "brutal" party discipline when MPs return to Parliament next week to shore up Ms Truss’s position – with crunch votes to implement last week's mini-Budget not taking place until next spring, putting off potential rebellions until 2023.

Amid claims the Conservative Party has become ungovernable, Ms Truss must somehow unite a disparate group of factions among her own MPs if she is to win crucial votes on her key policies.

Liz Truss in Birmingham, where she will deliver her Tory party conference speech as leader today - HANNAH MCKAY /Reuters
Liz Truss in Birmingham, where she will deliver her Tory party conference speech as leader today - HANNAH MCKAY /Reuters

The rapid turnover of Tory leaders in recent years has left a legacy of former ministers kicking their heels on the backbenchers.

Associate editor Gordon Rayner examines six of the groups that will be key to Ms Truss's political survival and where their loyalties lie.

And Philip Johnston concludes that, after 12 years in power, the exhausted Tories have thrown in the towel.

Your View | How can the Tories bounce back from the tax rate U-turn? Send a short comment and your name, with Front Page as the subject, to and you might feature in an article.

Russian troops forced to retreat as Kyiv advances

Russian forces in southern Ukraine are on the brink of collapse after they retreated in the face of one of the fastest Ukrainian advances of the war so far. Ukrainian troops who initially broke through Russian lines on the western bank of the Dnipro river on Monday have now rolled into several more strategic villages.

Prominent Russian military bloggers said a "regrouping" order had been given to avoid encirclement.

Reporting from Kharkiv, senior foreign correspondent Roland Oliphant says significant territorial losses suffered by Russian forces appeared to be confirmed in maps used in the background of Moscow's ministry of defence.

And, after a Russian convoy was pictured transporting equipment for Russia's nuclear programme, Hamish de Bretton-Gordon argues it is time for the West to call Vladmir Putin's bluff.

Chess champion 'likely cheated' 100 times

It is the latest twist in a dramatic chess cheating scandal. A teenage American grandmaster is likely to have had illegal assistance in more than 100 online games, an investigation has found.

The report accused Hans Niemann, 19, of "blatant" and "rampant" cheating to improve his rating.

Washington editor Rozina Sabur reports on the suspicious moves that suggested the teenager had used an online chess engine.

Daily dose of Matt

Matt finds a joke in the Prime Minister's U-turns for today's cartoon. And view Blower's cartoon on Vladimir Putin's nuclear ambitions.

Also in the news: This morning's other headlines

Good rail news – and bad | Ticket offices at railway stations should not be scrapped completely, the Transport Secretary has said, as she offered unions an olive branch ahead of fresh rail strikes. In a conciliatory speech, Anne-Marie Trevelyan insisted that plans to modernise the railways were "not about cutting jobs" but reflecting the fact more passengers now buy online. But rail unions are staging two strikes this week – including one today impacting 12 train operating companies.

Around the world: Iranian pupils give a rude lesson

Iranian youngsters are removing their hijabs and giving portraits of their clerical leaders in classrooms the middle finger as a massive uprising against the regime in Tehran spreads to schools. Video footage posted online showed schoolgirls making the gesture and turning portraits of Iran's leaders to face against the wall in classrooms. Middle east correspondent James Rothwell reports how they are protesting against rules enforced by the regime's morality police.

Comment and analysis

Sport briefing: Rugby players' brain risk

Former international rugby union players are 15 times more likely to suffer from motor neurone disease than the public, according to research which has led to calls for drastic changes to the sport. The University of Glasgow study compared the health outcomes of more than 400 Scottish ex-internationals, largely from the amateur era, and also found they were twice as likely to develop dementia and three times more likely to suffer Parkinson's disease. Meanwhile, Trent Alexander-Arnold took the acclaim of the Anfield crowd after putting Liverpool ahead against Rangers in their Champions League group game last night

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Business briefing: Musk revives Twitter bid

Elon Musk has caved to Twitter's legal demands and revived an offer to buy the social media network for $44 billion just days before a court battle over the deal was due to begin. Twitter's shares were suspended from trading last night after its price rocketed 18pc following reports that Mr Musk had offered to proceed with the takeover. In today's live blog, James Warrington reports that the European Union is reportedly nearing a deal to impose a price cap on Russian oil.

Travel: Holiday favourites that went from naff to chic

From Madeira to the Costa del Sol, Britain’s favourite 1970s package holiday destinations have reinvented themselves with swanky resorts and high-end hotels. Amanda Hyde has your guide to four of Europe's most retro locations that have been given a modern makeover.

Tonight's dinner

Chicken Provençal | A succulent one-pan dish by Diana Henry that is flavoured with roasted garlic and dry vermouth.

And finally... for this morning's downtime

Meet the Matildas | It has been almost 12 years since Matilda the Musical made a generation of theatregoers fall in love with a little girl who stands up to injustice with her brilliant mind. From Game of Thrones to Harvard University, four former child stars talk to Poppie Platt about what comes after bagging the role of a lifetime.

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