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1. Tory MP arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault
A Conservative MP has been arrested on suspicion of rape and a string of other sexual offences spanning seven years.
The sitting politician was being questioned by Metropolitan Police officers on Tuesday after being accused of rape, indecent assault, sexual assault, abuse of a position of trust and misconduct in a public office. Read the full story.
2. Ministers warm to energy windfall tax after polling finds it ‘wildly popular’ with public
A windfall tax on oil and gas companies is “wildly popular” with the public, internal government polling has discovered, as ministers warm to the idea.
Voter research conducted in Whitehall has found that as many as eight in 10 people back the tax raid on energy companies with increased profits, The Telegraph can reveal. Read the full story.
3. Black Lives Matter paid $1.8m to companies owned by founder’s relatives
The Black Lives Matter foundation (BLM) paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to its co-founder’s brother and the father of her child for security and “creative services”, tax filings show.
The leaders of the racial justice movement received $90 million in donations amid the 2020 protests triggered by the police murder of George Floyd. Read the full story.
4. Wagatha Christie trial: Jamie Vardy says ‘confused’ Wayne Rooney ‘talking nonsense’ in court
The “Wagatha Christie” libel trial has been a showdown between two footballer’s wives. On day six, it was the turn of the footballers themselves.
Wayne Rooney and Jamie Vardy, former England teammates, came face-to-face in the High Court for the first time since the case began, as the evidence turned to the team’s Euro 2016 performance. Read the full story.
5. New boats scrambled to pick up Channel migrants as Rwanda one-way ticket fails to stop surge
Border Force has deployed “ferry-style” vessels to pick up Channel migrants, as the new Rwanda policy failed to deter a surge in crossings.
Two crew transfer vessels (CTVs), which can each carry 92 migrants, are now operating in the Channel as the number of migrants reaching the UK approaches 9,000 in less than five months – more than double last year’s rate. Read the full story.