Tuesday morning news briefing: Liz Truss takes on rebels over benefits – The Telegraph

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A benefits battle is on course to be the new front in Tory infighting. After being forced to abandon the abolition of the 45p top rate of tax, Liz Truss is facing a row with Tory MPs over reducing Universal Credit in real terms
Downing Street is considering not increasing payments in line with inflation, but instead using a lower metric such as the increase in average earnings to encourage recipients into work. 
Tory rebels who forced the Prime Minister into her top tax rate about-turn are already breaking ranks and warning against the change. 
Political editor Ben Riley-Smith can reveal that there is also unease at the top of Government, with some Cabinet ministers understood to believe that refusing to increase benefits by inflation is a "non-starter". 
Writing for The Telegraph today, Ms Truss makes her first public comments on the 45p reversal, saying the policy had become an "unnecessary distraction".
Meanwhile, the Treasury last night said Mr Kwarteng was considering publishing his debt-reduction proposals by the end of this month. 
The medium-term fiscal plan was due to be unveiled on November 23, but a Treasury spokesman said that work had been sped up and it was set to be published earlier. 
In his speech to the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, Mr Kwarteng acknowledged it had been a "tough" day.
 In his sketch, Tim Stanley says that – despite the screeching U-turn – the Chancellor’s Budget actually adds up to nothing
After yesterday’s about-turn over the top rate of tax, there was a short-lived rally in the value of the pound. Follow the latest market movements in our live blog.
A convoy has been seen transporting equipment for the Kremlin’s nuclear weapons programme, prompting fears Vladimir Putin could be preparing a test to send a "signal to the West". 
A train operated by the nuclear division was seen crossing Russia towards the front line in Ukraine. 
As US correspondent Josie Ensor reports, footage showed the large freight convoy hauling armoured personnel carriers and other equipment. 
Meanwhile, a Royal Navy frigate was last night sent to the North Sea in a show of force after a suspected Russian attack on the Nord Stream pipeline. 
And Elon Musk is in a row with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky after the billionaire suggested his own controversial peace plan to end the war. Follow live updates.
The Duke of Sussex "looks utterly miserable", according to an official biographer, who claims the royals are happiest when they live a life of duty. 
Hugo Vickers, the biographer of the Duke of Kent, said that members of the Royal family do not tend to find happiness when they choose their own path. 
The author likened Harry’s decision to step away from responsibilities to that of his great-granduncle, Edward VIII. 
It came as the Sussexes cut a tender pose in newly released photographs.
Matt is back with today’s cartoon that pokes fun at Liz Truss’s leadership. For behind-the-scenes insight, sign up to his newsletter.
Migration | Suella Braverman, the Home Secretary, will today pledge to stop human rights laws "interfering" with the UK’s ability to deport illegal migrants by introducing a Bill barring anyone who crosses the Channel from claiming asylum in Britain. Ms Braverman accuses the European Court in Strasbourg of "grossly expanding" the remit of the European Convention on Human Rights. Read her article. Meanwhile, in an interview with The Telegraph, Health Secretary Therese Coffey opens the door to more foreign nurses to plug an NHS staff shortage.
Japan has reacted furiously after North Korea launched a ballistic missile over northern parts of the country early today, triggering a system to warn residents to take cover. Fumio Kishida, the Japanese prime minister, said firing a missile across Japanese territory was "outrageous" and "barbaric". Reporting from Tokyo, Julian Ryall explains what we know about the weapon, which analysts suggest may have been a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile.
Cristiano Ronaldo is eyeing a January exit from Manchester United and Erik ten Hag will not stand in his way if a suitable offer arrives. As Ten Hag held an inquest after Sunday’s shambolic 6-3 defeat by Manchester City, Ronaldo’s future was again in the spotlight after he was left on the bench. James Ducker and Jason Burt have our exclusive report. At Nottingham Forest, Rafael Benitez is in the frame to become head coach.
Vodafone is preparing the biggest test yet of takeover laws meant to protect national security with plans to merge its British operation with a Chinese-owned rival. The FTSE 100 telecoms empire confirmed it is in talks to combine Vodafone UK with Three, the challenger network owned by CK Hutchison of Hong Kong. Meanwhile, Legal & General has made hundreds of millions of pounds selling the pension products that forced the Bank of England into a £65bn bailout last week.
Big is beautiful when it comes to the Italian Lakes. But small is perhaps even more beautiful and, certainly, intimate. So forgo the major lakes and try Orta, which has picturesque shores, a mountain backdrop and pretty main town. Tim Jepson describes the perfect autumn escape.
Smoky baked beans | A feel-good classic gets a healthy makeover in this recipe by Olivia Andrews. Serve with crusty bread.
Best foot forward | When it comes to clothing and footwear, comfort is the most important thing for many people, but are trainers really suitable office attire? Alyson Walsh says they are – and the bolder, the better. She explains the neon-splashed footwear to take out of the gym and into the workplace.
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