Today’s top headlines from The Telegraph

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1. Liz Truss is the hopeful candidate, explains Penny Mordaunt

Penny Mordaunt has backed Liz Truss’ bid for PM, hailing her as a ‘hopeful candidate’.

At a husting in Exeter, the former defense secretary – who finished third in the Conservative leadership competition – said the decision between Ms Truss and Rishi Sunak had been “difficult” but she had “seen enough”. Read the full story.

2. Dangerous prisoners to be prevented from being released under new ministerial powers

Dangerous prisoners are blocked from automatic release by ministers with new powers to protect the public.

Ministers have assumed unprecedented powers to force criminals to serve prison sentences beyond their normal release date if they are deemed to pose a “significant risk of serious harm” to the public. Read the full story.

3. Nicola Sturgeon officials called for Queen Elizabeth II and Brexit to be removed from the platinum jubilee book

Nicola Sturgeon’s government has refused to support a book for primary school children to commemorate the platinum jubilee, despite demanding that mentions of Queen Elizabeth II, Brexit and England’s 1966 World Cup win be removed.

Official emails revealed the Scottish Government had asked for 52 draft text changes to the book, intended as a gift for children across the UK, only to distance itself from the project. Read the full story.

4. Elon Musk’s father admits he’s not proud of his billionaire son

Elon Musk may be the richest man alive, but it seems he still comes second in his father’s affections after Errol Musk revealed his younger son Kimbal is his “pride and joy”.

In a wide-ranging interview on Australian radio on Monday, the elderly Mr Musk claimed he’s not proud of Tesla’s CEO and doesn’t drive any of his coveted electric cars. Read the full story.

5. Anglers warn fish will die if Southern Water uses more river intakes during drought

Anglers have warned fish are likely to die if Southern Water is allowed to take more water from the river test because of the region’s drought.

Activists say Southern’s failure to patch leaks in its network has undermined water companies’ demands for households to cut their own demand ahead of a hosepipe ban this week. Read the full story.

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