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Tuesday evening UK news briefing: Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid resign from the Cabinet

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.

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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.

Tuesday interview

‘We could buy a house or a dinosaur – we bought the dinosaur’

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