Today’s Telegraph headlines

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1. Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt call for massive tax cuts

Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt have put tax cuts at the heart of the battle for Downing Street, as both MPs declared their candidacies in The Telegraph with promises to cut corporation tax.

In separate interviews with this newspaper, the Tory leadership candidates both said they would reverse Rishi Sunak’s planned corporation tax hike and instead cut the rate from 25% to 15%. Read the full story.

2. Grant Shapps and Nadhim Zahawi promise to increase defense spending in leadership bids

Conservative leadership rivals Grant Shapps and Nadhim Zahawi pledged to increase defense spending as they launched their bids to become the next prime minister.

Mr Shapps, the Transport Secretary, has said he will increase military spending to 3% of GDP, with the money earmarked for new fighter squadrons and battleships. Read the full story.

3. Former Stonewall chief aims to rewrite Oxford University’s free speech rules

The former Stonewall chief and a Rhodes Must Fall leader are aiming to rewrite the University of Oxford’s free speech principles, The Telegraph can reveal.

Five Oxford colleges have come together to create a ‘framework’ to ‘effectively and respectfully address difficult discussions’ on issues such as race and gender. Read the full story.

4. Charities are ‘using Covid as an excuse to bombard people with emails’

Charities are bombarding people with fundraising letters and emails even after they’ve been told to stop, the fundraising regulator has said.

In a blog post, the body said it was writing to organizations that were ignoring the comments and warned they could breach fundraising regulations and data protection law. Read the full story.

5. Defense Ministry compares latest Russian kit to tractors as it slams Putin’s claim it’s just getting started

The UK Ministry of Defense compared the latest Russian vehicles to be deployed to tractors as it challenged Vladimir Putin’s claim that he had ‘not even started’ his efforts in Ukraine.

The Russian military has run out of decent equipment and is deploying its reserve infantry in outdated personnel carriers, according to an intelligence update released on Saturday. Read the full story.

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Edward L. Robinett