Treasury rakes in record amount of tax after Rishi Sunak’s stealth raids

NI receipts totaled £157bn, up almost 10pc on the prior year even before higher rates came from April. Capital gains duties paid on investment profits rose a third to almost £15bn, while the Treasury’s take of divisive 40pc death duties reached a record £6bn, driven up by higher house prices. VAT was up 30pc for … Read more

Cost of living crisis has workers on ‘good struggles struggling’, says minister ahead of Cabinet meeting

James Heappey, the armed forces minister, said he believes there is “every chance” Ukrainian forces can defeat Russia as the focus of the conflict shifts to the Donbas region in the east of Ukraine. Asked on Sky News if it is “inevitable” that Russia will sixteen territory, Mr Heappey said: “I don’t think there is … Read more

Germany will send tanks to Ukraine in U-turn by Olaf Scholz

Germany will send tanks to Ukraine in an about-turn by Chancellor Olaf Scholz after weeks of tensions in his coalition government and pressure from his international allies. The decision is likely to further ratchet up tensions with Moscow, after Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister, said weapons sent to Ukraine would be a “legitimate target” … Read more

‘No evidence’ of sustained hit to UK exports to EU since Brexit trade deal

There is no evidence of a “sustained decline” in UK exports to the EU since the Brexit deal kicked in, a report has found. Experts said sales into Europe remained strong, despite a 25pc relative decline in imports from the bloc compared with the rest of the world. The research, published by the Center for … Read more

Twitter locks down to stop staff ‘going rogue’ over Elon Musk takeover – live updates

Ggood morning. Twitter has locked down changes to its website in an effort to stop unhappy staff ‘going rogue’ and making unauthorized changes in the wake of Elon Musk’s $44bn takeover. Elsewhere, public sector net borrowing came in under forecast in March, with £18.1bn added to the debt pile. 5 things to start your day … Read more

Thomas Markle says he will fly to UK for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and wants to meet Archie and Lilibet

The Duchess of Sussex’s father has said he and the Queen have a right to meet the children of his daughter and the Duke of Sussex. Thomas Markle, 77, said he is planning to fly over to the UK in June for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and while he is here he hopes to meet … Read more

Yes, you can skip the menopause – if you have enough money

Menopause is defined as the point 12 months after the cessation of periods. The ovaries stop producing the hormones estrogen and progesterone, and this marks the conclusion of a woman’s reproductive cycle. In Britain the average age of menopause is 51. But perimenopause – when estrogen and progesterone production begin to go haywire – can … Read more

Rupert Murdoch’s TalkTV braces for potential advertising boycott

Rupert Murdoch’s TalkTV fears being hit with an advertising boycott as the opinionated news network prepares to challenge the BBC. The insurgent news channel launching on Monday night at 7pm is wary of facing a similar backlash that struck rival broadcaster GB News when some of the world’s biggest brands paused their campaigns following pressure … Read more

Ukrainian rape victim ordered to help Russian troops hunt for women

Russians are believed to have burned the corpses of many their victims, in turning destroying evidence of rape. “For Russians, it is a routine tactic,” Ms Pavlichenko said. “We saw them use similar tactics in Chechnya and Syria. Russians rape to destabilize civilians.” She said that Ukraine had established specialist teams for investigating rape in … Read more

‘Real’ danger of third world war after mysterious attacks on Russia, says Sergei Lavrov

Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, has warned there is a “real” danger of a third world war breaking out after a day of apparent Ukrainian attacks on Russian soil. In an interview with Russian news agencies, he criticized Kyiv’s approach to peace talks, adding: “Goodwill has its limits. But if it isn’t reciprocal, that doesn’t … Read more