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1. Booster jabs rollout in care homes falling short as deaths begin to rise
Two thirds of care home residents are still waiting for a booster jab, figures show, as it emerged that some GPs have stopped vaccinations to prioritise clearing treatment backlogs.
Data seen by The Telegraph show that 27.8 per cent of care home residents and just 14.1 per cent of staff have had their third jab. The Government has set a deadline of Nov 1 for all care home residents and staff to have had the offer of a booster. Read the full story.
2. More taxes needed on cars and gas bills to reach net zero, warns Treasury
New taxes will be needed to make Britain “net zero” in carbon emissions by 2050, the Treasury warned on Tuesday as it opened the door to extra levies on motorists and gas bills.
The £37 billion a year raised in taxes linked to the driving of polluting vehicles will disappear over that time, meaning other “motoring taxes” must help fill the black hole in public finances. Read the full story.
3. ‘We would not take patients’ lives’ – hundreds of doctors take stand against assisted suicide law
Nearly 1,700 doctors have written to Sajid Javid to oppose weakening assisted suicide laws, saying they will refuse to help patients take their own lives.
The intervention comes ahead of Friday, when peers are expected to pass a Private Members’ Bill through to the next stage in the Lords which would allow doctors to provide lethal drugs to terminally ill people who want to end their lives. Read the full story.
4. Amess suspect allegedly made Islamist declaration after attack
The man arrested on suspicion of murdering Sir David Amess is understood to have made an alleged Islamist declaration in the aftermath of the attack.
The Telegraph has learned that the suspect was using his phone when armed police detained him in the minutes after the MP was attacked. Read the full story.
5. Donald Trump calls tributes to Colin Powell ‘fake news’, barely a day after the general’s death
Donald Trump waited little more than 24 hours after Colin Powell’s death to rip into his record and dismiss praise for the former secretary of state as “fake news”.
Mr Trump, who is known for continuing feuds even after a rival is no longer alive, also criticised Mr Powell for making “big mistakes”, particularly in relation to the Iraq war. Read the full story.
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