Tuesday evening UK news briefing: Setback for Rishi Sunak as Liz Truss given poll boost

Your evening briefing from The Telegraph
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Evening briefing: Today's essential headlines

Killed by helicopter blade | Friends of a young British man who was killed after being hit by the tail rotor blade of a helicopter in Greece have dismissed claims that he was talking on his phone when the accident happened. Jack Fenton, 22, from Kent, died after walking into the still-spinning rotor blade of the Bell 407 after it landed at a helipad in Athens on Monday. Read the strongly disputed accounts of what happened.

The big story: New poll boost for Truss after TV debate

They will do battle head-to-head once again within the hour in the second televised leadership debate of a long campaign.

Yet Rishi Sunak may feel like it is already do-or-die time after suffering a setback in his bid for the Tory leadership.

A snap poll of Conservative Party members found Liz Truss won last night's televised debate.

A YouGov survey of 507 Tory members who watched last night's event revealed almost two thirds believed Ms Truss came across as being more in touch while Mr Sunak was picked by just 19pc.

Mr Sunak's team was also forced to bat off claims he had been "mansplaining" after he interrupted Ms Truss about 20 times in the first 12 minutes of Monday's television debate.

The former chancellor broke into her answers on numerous occasions - prompting many to have sympathy for the Foreign Secretary, who was unable to get her views across.

She has insisted that she is not going to criticise him over the accusations. Watch his series of interruptions here.

The former chancellor goes up against his old Cabinet colleague at 6pm in a debate hosted by the Sun and TalkTV.

Ross Clark suggests that however ill-tempered they become, the leadership debates are boosting the Conservatives.

Ahead of the event, Ms Truss has attacked Mr Sunak's plan to press ahead with a planned hike to corporation tax.

Yet Jeremy Warner warns that the frontrunner is playing to the gallery of Tory party activists, and fears that kicking away Britain's economic cornerstones will trigger a dash to the exit from foreign capital.

Eligible Tory Party members are invited to join Camilla Tominey at our unmissable hustings event on 11 August. Here are the details.

Scrapping 'woke' posts

A hint at another of the focal points of tonight's debate has come from a leaked document about Ms Truss when she was international trade secretary in 2020.

She urged Dominic Cummings to scrap hundreds of "woke" civil service posts, it has emerged, as she vowed to stand up to Whitehall "groupthink".

Her office called for the end of diversity and inclusion roles in the civil service, alongside strategic communications teams.

Daniel Martin has the exclusive here while Steven Edginton suggests that Britain must follow America's example and cut back the woke Blob.

Compare what both candidates stand for here.

Labour pledges scrapped

The Tories are not the only party in a tussle over their future direction.

Sir Keir Starmer has ditched the promises he made when standing for Labour leader two years ago, vowing to enter the next election on a "clean slate" of new policies.

In another move which risks angering left-wing MPs he said the economic impact of Covid meant commitments entered into before the pandemic might not be honoured.

He won the contest to replace Jeremy Corbyn, which took place in early 2020, by espousing a Socialist platform and setting out a series of 10 pledges he would pursue.

He has now said that all those pledges have been formally scrapped, along with the commitments in Mr Corbyn's 2019 manifesto.

Comment and analysis

Around the world: EU agrees to ration Russian gas

The EU has reached a weakened deal to cut gas consumption by 15pc amid fears Vladimir Putin could turn off the taps. But swathes of member states have been offered exemptions after the European Commission's original proposals for mandatory cuts triggered mass outrage. It comes after Russian state-controlled energy giant Gazprom said it would slash gas deliveries to Europe by 80pc in order to carry out maintenance on its Nord Stream 1 pipeline in a move that saw gas prices jump 10pc. Dalibor Rohac argues Germany going cold turkey on Russian gas is the only option. Meanwhile, the British taxpayer will become a shareholder in a French satellite business accused of broadcasting Russian propaganda as part of the multi-billion pound merger of OneWeb and Eutelsat.

Tuesday big-read

Harry Styles has youth, style and talent – but he won't win the Mercury Prize

'Sexy and hopeful and caring': Mercury nominee Harry Styles - Anthony Pham
'Sexy and hopeful and caring': Mercury nominee Harry Styles - Anthony Pham

The boyband escapee more than deserves his place on the strongest Mercury shortlist in years but Neil McCormick reveals why will he lose

Read the full story

Sport briefing: City's transfer secret - Fury to return

Follow the Lionesses' big match tonight here and read more analysis below. In the men's game, Manchester City have become the benchmark against which other leading European clubs are being judged in the transfer market. You only need to look at what has happened at the likes of Barcelona and Manchester United to know money alone offers no guarantee of success. Read how the club has managed to splash the cash but stay millions in profit. Meanwhile, Manchester United insist that Cristiano Ronaldo remains in their plans for the upcoming Premier League season as the forward returned to Carrington with his agent Jorge Mendes. In boxing, Tyson Fury is in talks over a return to the ring in an exhibition bout with the former world's strongest man Hafthor Bjornsson, who played the Mountain in Game of Thrones.

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Business briefing: US housing market is in chaos

Mortgage affordability in the US has been in freefall this year against a backdrop of soaring interest rates. The Federal Reserve has scrambled to get ahead of rampant inflation by raising interest rates at the fastest pace in decades. The average rate of a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage in the US, the most popular length of loan in the country, has doubled in the past year. Read why that should worry anyone with a mortgage in Britain. It comes as dreams of luxurious holidays in retirement will be dashed for most Britons, as Government figures show the average pensioner has just a third of what they need for cruises or annual trips to the Med.

Tonight starts now

Euro 2022 semi-final | Sarina Wiegman says England want to "inspire the nation" when they face Sweden in the Euro 2022 semi-finals - and has stressed the need to "be in the now". The Lionesses, having last week beaten Spain in a thrilling last-eight contest, take on the Swedes at Bramall Lane tonight for a place in the Wembley final five days later. Kick off is at 8pm. Follow the action in our live blog. Emma Hayes analyses where England vs Sweden will be won and lost while Luke Edwards suggests the four changes England must make for the semi-final. Tom Garry sets out how the Lionesses next challenge is to win on penalties.

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And finally... for this evening's downtime

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