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Good evening. Tory MPs are privately discussing what could happen next with the party leadership amid dire polling and market turmoil, as Downing Street is understood to be working on a mini-Budget U-turn.
Lucy Letby trial | A nurse accused of murdering seven babies and attempting to murder 10 others wrote "I AM EVIL I DID THIS" on a post-it note found by police at her home, a court was told. Lucy Letby, 32, was arrested after clinicians at the Countess of Chester Hospital became suspicious about a spike in the number of infant deaths under her watch.
Downing Street officials are working on plans to potentially drop further parts of Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini-Budget, it has been claimed. 
No 10 insisted this morning that its position "has not changed" as it repeated its promise that there would not be any more U-turns. 
But reports this afternoon suggested that there are now active conversations in No 10 about which measures could be dropped in a bid to stabilise the markets. 
Mr Kwarteng insisted his "total focus is on delivering on the mini-Budget and making sure that we get growth back into our economy". 
Yet the pound surged as much as 2pc earlier and UK bond yields tumbled following the suggestions that the Government is preparing to reverse its huge unfunded tax cuts.
Former chancellor George Osborne urged Mr Kwarteng to make another "inevitable" U-turn on his mini-Budget rather than waiting until the end of the month to change course.
It comes as Conservative MPs mull over a Lord Howard-style coronation of a successor to Liz Truss that would cut out Tory members as they once again debate a leadership switch.
There is yet to emerge a single push to topple the Prime Minister, according to a host of Tory MPs who talked to the Telegraph
One former MP said some backbenchers are considering pushing for Rishi Sunak and Penny Mordaunt to replace her. 
Here is a reminder of the rules to remove Ms Truss from the top job. 
Today the Foreign Secretary said replacing Ms Truss would be politically and economically disastrous for Britain. 
James Cleverly insisted Ms Truss would deliver economic growth after a difficult first few weeks in office but he refused to rule out more U-turns on the mini-Budget’s tax cuts. 
Tom Harris reflects that Ms Truss has nobody to blame for this chaos.
Meanwhile, Andrew Bailey is "likely" to backtrack on his pledge not to extend the Bank of England’s emergency intervention in financial markets, one of the world’s biggest pension advisers has told its clients. 
Aon, the British-American consultancy that advises clients managing $3.5 trillion (£3.1trn) of assets, said the Bank will have a duty to step in again despite Mr Bailey’s insistence that help for pension funds will end. 
The Governor sparked panic on Tuesday by saying the Bank would not prop up pension funds caught out by spiralling gilt yields. 
Tom Rees outlines how gaffe-prone Mr Bailey sent markets into another tailspin.
The result of this may be the wipe out of a decade of house price growth as the Bank of England more aggressively increases interest rates. 
Simon French, chief economist at Panmure, predicted average house prices will fall 14pc over the next three years, a 29pc slump in real terms. 
The number of sales has fallen for five months in a row, and are expected to keep sliding over the next year due to rising mortgage rates, according to a survey of members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. 
Read how London compares with the world’s most dangerous house price bubbles and how second home owners could save £240,000.
Russian forces fired Iranian-made kamikaze drones at Kyiv early today. Rescuers rushed to the scene as air raid sirens sounded in the Ukrainian capital for the fourth consecutive morning. It comes as Russia prepares to evacuate civilians from Kherson amid fears Ukraine could soon reach the southern city, according to British intelligence. Russia’s FSB intelligence agency claims to have carried out a sweeping crackdown on Ukrainian "terrorist" cells, following a devastating explosion on the Kerch Strait Bridge to Crimea that laid bare its failings. But the evidence the FSB provided to back up its claim immediately aroused suspicions.
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Wasps have already received enquiries from rival Premiership clubs for England internationals Joe Launchbury and Jack Willis after the club announced it will enter administration in the coming days. The club was suspended from the Premiership on Wednesday after it was forced to withdraw from Saturday’s match against Exeter Chiefs, and it is understood they will have that sanction made permanent if they cannot fulfil the fixture with Newcastle Falcons at the end of the month. Ben Coles tells the story of Wasps’ sad demise and Sir Ian McGeechan says English rugby must learn lessons from the Coventry-based club’s plight.
A senior partner at Deloitte is leaving the firm after allegations he went on a 30-minute drunken rant at Royal Ascot. Stephen Cahill, who heads the firm’s executive compensation practice in the UK, will retire in December after 14 years at the company, staff were told this week. He had reportedly been subject to an internal investigation over the event on June 14 which a group of 30 Deloitte employees attended. Mr Cahill is said to have arrived at the festival with a separate group of friends, but joined the Deloitte team towards the end of the day. Anonymous eyewitnesses reportedly claimed that Mr Cahill was heavily inebriated.
A real-life feel-good movie | In a marvellous memoir that will resonate with many women of her generation, Geena Davis becomes the poster girl for "fake it til you make it". Only by playing "badasses" in feminist classics such as Thelma & Louise (1991) did she learn to stop bending over backwards to accommodate everyone around her (parents, teachers, husbands, directors, co-stars, extras, catering staff, casual passers-by) and stand up for all six foot of herself. Helen Brown is usually bored by the second half of celebrity memoirs, but this book from the 66-year-old actor only gets better as its downtrodden heroine finds her power.
The grieving brothers rescuing black kites | From a bird hospital in their cramped basement, Nadeem Shehzad and Mohammad Saud save 2,000 birds a year from Delhi’s deathly skies. Joe Shute spoke to them as an acclaimed film follows their Sisyphean task.
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