UK Friday morning press briefing: top Telegraph headlines of the day

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1. A million to be drawn towards a higher tax rate

More than a million people are expected to fall in the top tax bracket by 2026, economists warning Britain of the biggest cost-of-living crisis in a generation.

The Treasury plan to freeze income tax thresholds – which comes at a time of rapid wage and price inflation – will push more than 1.2 million workers’ incomes above the 40 pence threshold over the next four years, according to a House of Commons analysis. Library. Read the full story.

2. Colston Four case could be reconsidered to avoid setting a dangerous legal precedent

Protesters cleared of the toppling of the statue of Edward Colston could have their case re-examined under measures being considered by ministers, according to the Telegraph.

Suella Braverman, the attorney general, has the power to ask the Court of Appeal to determine whether the law has been properly applied, in order to avoid setting a dangerous precedent for future cases. Read the full story.

3. Mystery of a book thief as a publisher arrested in an alleged scam to steal the manuscripts of famous authors

It was a mystery that had gripped the publishing world – who was the secret fraudster behind a scheme to steal unpublished manuscripts?

The con artist has targeted hundreds of victims by impersonating publishers, agents and literary scouts, as part of a five-year global fraud. Read the full story.

4. Novak Djokovic’s father accuses Australia of having “crucified” his son following Covid vaccines

Novak Djokovic’s father accused Australia of ‘crucifying’ son as dispute over world number one tennis player detained in Melbourne over Covid restrictions turned into full-fledged diplomatic dispute between Canberra and Belgrade.

Srdjan Djokovic, who previously compared his son to Spartacus – the gladiator who led a slave revolt against Rome – accused Scott Morrison, the Australian Prime Minister, of “trampling on Serbia”. Read the full story.

5. Boris Johnson in row for ‘access wallpaper’ on Lord Brownlow’s exhibition plans

Boris Johnson has agreed to discuss proposals for a new festival in private messages with a Tory donor who has helped fund the redecoration of his Downing Street apartment, he revealed.

Lord Brownlow of Shurlock Row, who initially provided funds as part of the £ 112,000 refurbishment of the apartment, has discussed with the Prime Minister his plans to host a new Great Exhibition festival. Read the full story.

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