Monday morning UK news briefing: Today's top headlines from The Telegraph

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Monday morning UK news briefing: Today's top headlines from The Telegraph
Monday morning UK news briefing: Today's top headlines from The Telegraph

Welcome to your early morning news briefing from The Telegraph - a round-up of the top stories we are covering today. To receive twice-daily briefings by email, sign up to our Front Page newsletter for free.

1. Prepare for disappointment, A-level pupils told

A-level pupils should be prepared for “disappointment” when results are announced this week, the higher education watchdog has warned.

The Office for Students predicted a significant surge in applicants being rejected from their preferred universities after exam boards were ordered to crack down on spiralling grade inflation. Read the full story.

2. Thunder and lightning to end UK heatwave

The heatwave is expected to be broken on Monday by thunderstorms as the Met Office warned they could bring flash floods and even spark fresh wildfires.

The storms, forecast for all of the UK, arrive as the latest summer heatwave finally broke. Read the full story.

3. Keir Starmer plan for energy price freeze based on 'illusion'

Sir Keir Starmer’s plan for a fully funded energy price freeze for UK households is based on an "illusion", the Institute for Fiscal Studies warned on Sunday night.

The Labour leader will on Monday say the cap on electricity and gas prices should be frozen at its current level of £1,971 for six months from October, in order to protect householders from the planned rise of up to £3,600 this autumn. Read the full story.

4. No room for nanny as Cambridges downsize

Most couples with young children dream of upsizing to give their growing brood more space to spread their wings.

But in the coming two or three weeks, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will do the opposite, swapping their grand Kensington Palace home for a relatively modest four-bedroomed cottage on the Windsor estate, a move that will see them navigate life without a live-in nanny for their first time in their children’s lives. Read the full story.

5. Salman Rushdie’s alleged attacker had ‘contact with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard’

Hadi Matar, who is accused of repeatedly stabbing Sir Salman Rushdie on Friday, turned into a religious zealot after a month-long trip to Lebanon, his mother has revealed.

Silvana Fardos said her outgoing American-raised son became moody and introverted following a visit to see his father in 2018. Read the full story.

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