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As the contest to replace Boris Johnson enters its last hours, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak have made their final pitches to Tory members. 
And Ms Truss, the frontrunner, used a hustings in Wembley last night to suggest that she could abolish motorway speed limits
In an eye-catching last-minute move, she said that she is "prepared to look at" introducing a German-style system of abolishing limits and allowing drivers to choose their own safe speed – and pledged to ban smart motorways if she wins the keys to No 10. 
Ms Truss also claimed there would be no new taxes or energy rationing if she became prime minister, as she dropped further hints about cost-of-living support this winter. 
It emerged that she is considering a cut to business rates and looking at a proposal to expand relief from the tax to far more companies than are currently eligible. 
Tony Diver and Dominic Penna have our full report from the hustings and Madeline Grant compares the event to a panto in her sketch.
Russia yesterday stopped the flow of gas from its Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Europe, in a move which has provoked concerns over the reliability of winter energy supplies. 
In one of his final acts before leaving Downing Street, Boris Johnson will today pledge a massive expansion of nuclear power to enhance Britain’s energy security. 
The Prime Minister will confirm he is poised to agree a deal to buy a significant stake, thought to be around 20 per cent, of a new nuclear power station planned for Sizewell in Suffolk. 
As deputy political editor Daniel Martin reports, he will also highlight plans to build eight nuclear reactors in the UK.

PS: A man whose house was stormed by police shouted "how the f— did I get raided and Boris Johnson is there" as the Prime Minister appeared. Watch the video.
Gary Neville has been referred to the Attorney General by the judge in the Ryan Giggs case for potential contempt of court over a social media post
Mr Neville, Mr Giggs’s former teammate at Manchester United and now business partner, was brought to the attention of the judge on the third morning of the trial. 
Judge Hilary Manley has now referred the issue after the jury failed to reach a verdict and were dismissed on day 17. 
A source close to Mr Neville told The Telegraph that he denies any contempt. 
As Gareth Davies reports, by the time the judge had been made aware of Mr Neville’s social media post by lawyers tipped off by a member of the press, thousands of people had already "liked" it.
In the Russia of Vladimir Putin, only the tiniest percentage of people will now admit to admiring Mikhail Gorbachev. Yet over the past three decades, few politicians have been more celebrated in the wider world. 
In films, TV shows and adverts, that unmistakable birthmark popped up – signalling not only the admiration of the West for a courageous idealist, but marking the triumph of "freedom". 
From The Simpsons to Louis Vuitton, Chris Harvey looks at how Gorbachev became a cultural icon.
Matt sees the funny side of claims that police forces are "too woke" in his latest cartoon. Go behind the scenes of Matt’s work by signing up for his newsletter.
Happy families | Governments have been too "squeamish" about standing up for the family, the Children’s Commissioner has said, as she called on the next prime minister to do more to support couples to stay together. Dame Rachel de Souza told The Telegraph that data she had collected showed that stable families had a great "protective" effect.
Russia is attempting to reinforce its southern front after Ukraine claimed its troops had broken through enemy lines in "three" places. 
As fighting waged for a third consecutive day across the 100-mile front line in the south, Ukrainian officials said their long-awaited counter-offensive had shown early signs of success. 
Columns of Ukrainian tanks and soldiers were seen travelling across unharvested fields, while the sound of air raid sirens rang out above Kherson. Follow the latest in our live blog.
Premier League clubs are running out of time to strengthen their squads in the transfer window that closes tonight. With a mid-season World Cup, the pressure on squads is intense, so clubs are desperate to ensure they have reinforcements. Here is all you need to know about today’s likely activity. Overnight, Serena Williams delivered another miraculous victory at the US Open and then credited golfer Tiger Woods – who was sitting in her player box – as "one of the main reasons I’m still playing".
The cost-of-living crisis will drag average earnings back to the same level as 2003 as Britain faces the biggest slump in living standards for a century, economists warned. Real disposable incomes will decline by 10pc over the next two years in a blow to household finances, according to the Resolution Foundation – which predicted an extra 3m people will fall into absolute poverty. Meanwhile, tax authorities have begun collecting data on the number of people working from abroad, sparking fears of a crackdown on post-pandemic "workcations".
Italians have a time-honoured (and expert) tradition of "dolce far niente" – the sweetness of doing absolutely nothing. Surrounded by beautiful architecture, food and music, it is easy to take your time, forget the pressure and savour each moment as it comes. So why not try holidaying like an Italian? Anna Selby explains the best places to get started.
Lemon-crumb fish | This easy weeknight supper by Megan Davies can be on the table in under half an hour.
Master of the ready-meal | In the 25 years since Cook was founded, its superior frozen ready meals have steadily become one of the stars of the middle-class British kitchen. Yet despite its quiet ubiquity, the company, and its staff, are little known. Ed Cumming meets the duo behind the firm that revolutionised the way we eat.
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