Wednesday morning UK news briefing: today’s top headlines from The Telegraph

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Welcome to your morning news briefing from The Telegraph – an overview of the key stories we cover today. To receive email briefings twice a day, sign up for our Front Page newsletter for free.

1. We can weather the storm, Truss says as she freezes utility bills

Liz Truss declared on Tuesday that Britain could overcome the cost of living storm as she prepared to freeze annual household energy bills at around £2,500.

Speaking from the steps of number 10 under gray clouds, the new prime minister used her maiden speech to reassure the country that financial aid was coming. Read the full story.

2. Truss forms the most diverse cabinet in history

Therese Coffey was promoted to Deputy Prime Minister on Tuesday evening as part of the most diverse cabinet ever assembled.

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Liz Truss also appointed her health secretary and she pledged to get to work right away tackling her four top priorities to change the NHS.

For the first time in history, none of the major offices — prime minister, chancellor, interior minister, and foreign minister — are held by a white person. Read the full story.

3. Period dignity officer role canceled after furore when job went to a man

A position as an officer of dignity has been scrapped by a group that claimed they faced “threats and abuse” after controversially handing the job to a man.

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The appointment of Jason Grant as Chief Regional Officer with Dignity in Tayside sparked worldwide controversy and fierce opposition from those who felt the job should have gone to a woman. Read the full story.

4. Olivia Pratt-Korbel: Mom tells her daughter’s killers to “be in charge”

Olivia Pratt-Korbel’s heartbroken mother has released an emotional video app urging her daughter’s killers to “take the blame”, saying that “no one at all should go through this.”

Cheryl Korbel burst into tears, describing Olivia as her “little shadow” and saying she shouldn’t hear her voice every day. Read the full story.

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5. Ukraine carries out a surprise attack near Kharkov to push back the Russians

Ukrainian forces launched a surprise offensive against Russian positions in the east of the country in an apparent extension of their efforts to reverse the invasion.

Reports of a Ukrainian attack on Balakliya, a Russian-occupied town about 70 miles southeast of Kharkov, surfaced on the unofficial Ukrainian and Russian Telegram on Wednesday afternoon. Read the full story.

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