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Wednesday morning UK news briefing: Today’s top headlines from The Telegraph

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1. Truss may abandon pensions triple lock, leaving millions out of pocket

Pensions could rise in line with earnings instead of inflation next year after Liz Truss reneged on her commitment to the triple lock.

Downing Street on Tuesday made clear that the promise, which was contained in the 2019 Conservative election manifesto, may be abandoned. Read the full story.

2. Michael Gove says Liz Truss will be toppled and live up to her ‘human hand grenade’ nickname

Michael Gove on Tuesday said it was a matter of when not if Liz Truss will be toppled and joked she had lived up to her “human hand grenade” nickname.

In a series of scathing remarks about the Prime Minister, Mr Gove said the role of Ms Truss’s boss was “now a job share between Jeremy Hunt and the bond market”. Read the full story.

3. UK and US hold urgent talks over Russia’s use of Iranian kamikaze drones

Ben Wallace flew to Washington for an urgent meeting with his US counterpart on Tuesday to discuss Russia’s use of drones to attack Kyiv.

The meeting came ahead of a delivery of new Nato systems to shore up Ukraine’s air defences, after two attacks on the Ukrainian capital in a week, killing at least three people. Read the full story.

4. NHS faces £90bn bill for ‘staggering’ maternity blunders

The NHS faces a record £90 billion maternity bill, The Telegraph can reveal ahead of a “harrowing” report into failings at East Kent Hospitals Trust.

Official figures show the number of claims has risen by almost one quarter in just two years following a series of scandals. Read the full story.

5. Exactly how long over-50s should sleep to help avoid chronic illness

Middle-aged people should get at least seven hours of sleep a night to reduce their risk of developing chronic health conditions such as cancer, diabetes and arthritis.

Data on almost 8,000 Britons followed for 25 years show that healthy 50-year-olds are more likely to go on to develop multimorbidity if they get only five hours of sleep a night. Read the full story.

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