Boris Johnson’s authority crushed as he wins confidence vote

It came after a bloody day (here reconstructed from Gordon Rayner), in which the Prime Minister had asked Tory MPs to keep him in 10th place by promising tax cuts and insisting he was still a vote-winner.

Mr Johnson now faces a series of hurdles – including two by-elections before the end of the month and a report from MPs on whether he broke Ministers’ code over Partygate in the autumn.

He will try to draw a line under the saga today as he addresses his Cabinet and prepares to announce an extension of Margaret Thatcher’s ‘Right to Buy’ policy. Follow the latest updates and analysis on our live blog.

‘Fuel Crisis’ as price at the pump hits a new high

The UK is facing a “national fuel crisis”, the RAC has warned, as rising petrol costs accelerate the switch to electric cars.

It now costs almost £98 to fill a petrol tank and almost £102 to fill a diesel tank, with crude oil prices still rising as Russian attacks on Ukraine continue.

Since the end of May, the price of petrol has risen by almost 4p a liter to an average of 177.88p, while the price of diesel has risen by 2p a liter to an average of 185p.

Simon Williams, fuel spokesman for the RAC, said further government intervention was “urgently needed”, such as another fuel tax cut or a VAT cut.

Howard Mussoe reports how some drivers are taking drastic measures. And check out our team of drivers’ beginner’s guide to buying an electric car.

Lilibet gets a belated public introduction

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex last night released the first full portrait of their daughter Lilibet to celebrate her first birthday on Saturday.

The couple shared a picture of the girl, who is named after the Queen, taken in the grounds of her Windsor home as they returned to the UK for the Platinum Jubilee.

The timing surprised royal watchers – not least because Harry and Meghan had kept a low profile and the public hadn’t seen Lilibet or her brother Archie, three.

The pictures were released hours after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posted unseen photos of the anniversary – including of Prince Louis stealing the show, Christine Hopkinson writes about the joy of being a third-born.

Today’s political cartoon

In his latest cartoon fan imagines Boris Johnson’s position at the shipping box. Frosted is absent, but check out his latest work.

Also in the news: Today’s other headlines

SNP’s “failed experiment”. | The SNP’s price floor policy on alcohol has failed to curb problem drinking, but has forced alcoholics to forgo food, a major study has found. Scotland became the first country in the world to introduce minimum unit prices for alcohol in May 2018, but researchers from the Universities of Sheffield and Newcastle found “no strong evidence” that alcoholics were discouraged from drinking. In some cases, heavy drinkers spent up to 29 percent less on grocery and utility bills.

Around the world: Russia sells stolen grain

The United States has warned African nations that Russia is trying to sell them stolen grain, giving them a choice between not feeding their people or condoning war crimes in Ukraine. Officials in Washington alerted 14 countries that Russian cargo ships were leaving ports filled with looted Ukrainian food. In today’s live blog, Russia has started handing over the bodies of Ukrainian militants killed in Mariupol. Boris Johnson’s authority crushed as he wins confidence vote

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