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July 15: Sunak and Mordaunt still on top in Tory battle; Further rail strikes announced; MG 5 electric estate is priced up

  • Here are the headlines on Friday, July 15

Time 6:50 am, July 15, 2022

Tory leadership: Truss gains right-wing votes as Sunak and Mordaunt are on top

Liz Truss was picking up support from the Tory right after Suella Braverman was eliminated from an increasingly bitter leadership race that saw Rishi Sunak and Penny Mordaunt bolster their positions as frontrunners.

Sunak, the former chancellor, came out on top of Thursday’s voting, and in second was Mordaunt, who was bearing the brunt of the attacks from rival camps as she gained the most momentum.

Braverman, the attorney general, fared the worst in the second round and was eliminated to leave five contenders who will take part in the first televised debate on Friday evening. She came out in support of Truss, describing the foreign secretary as the ‘best person to unleash the opportunities of Brexit’ and deliver tax cuts, as the right of the party seeks to rally round a single candidate.


Hospital and train services to face pressure due to ‘extreme heat’

Temperatures are set to rise by another 10C in much of England over the coming days, increasing the strain on hospital and train services.

On average, the mercury will remain in the mid-20s for the last working day of the week, before rising to around 35C (95F) in southern, central and eastern areas of England by Tuesday.

Hospital and train services are already under pressure from the heat, with the NHS facing a ‘surge’ in demand from heat-related admissions, and Avanti West Coast has warned their services may be cancelled at the last minute.

RMT announces further rail strikes in August

The biggest rail workers’ union has announced two further strikes this summer in the worsening dispute over jobs, pay and conditions.


Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) at Network Rail and 14 train operators will walk out on August 18 and 20. The union previously announced a strike for July 27, the day before the Commonwealth Games opens in Birmingham.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: ‘The rail industry and the government need to understand that this dispute will not simply vanish.’ He added: ‘Now Grant Shapps (transport secretary) has abandoned his forlorn hopes for the job of prime minister, he can now get back to his day job and help sort this mess out.’

Rise in Covid-19 hospital patients in England ‘slowing down’

The month-long rise in the number of hospital patients in England testing positive for Covid-19 appears to be slowing down, figures show.

A total of 13,807 people were in hospital as of 8am on July 14, up 16 per cent on the previous week. Seven days ago, on July 7, the week-on-week increase stood at 33 per cent – while it was running as high as 39 per cent at the start of July.

The number of patients with Covid-19 is creeping closer to the levels reached during the two waves of infection earlier this year. But if the rate of increase continues to slow, the current wave may end up peaking below the 16,600 seen at the height of the Omicron BA.2 wave in April.

Tory leadership candidates urged to halt Channel 4 privatisation plans

Independent production companies are urging Conservative Party leadership candidates to commit to halting the sale of Channel 4.

Firms including those behind popular TV programmes such as Peaky Blinders, The Crown, and Ackley Bridge, have written an open letter to the candidates, adding their support to a campaign launched last month, co-ordinated by We Own It.

The 16 independent production companies are asking the candidates to commit to dropping the privatisation plan. They believe the election of a new prime minister offers an opportunity to keep Channel 4 in public hands.

New MG 5 goes on sale priced from £30,995

The MG 5 has gone on sale with the latest incarnation of the firm’s electric estate car bringing a variety of upgrades to the exterior and interior.


Available to order now, the MG 5 is priced from £30,995 and features a range of up to 249 miles from a single charge. It’s also equipped with vehicle-to-load (V2L) technology, which means that the car can be used to power other devices with its battery.

Just two specifications are being offered with the MG 5 – SE and Trophy. The former brings 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, roof rails, adaptive cruise control, a rear parking camera and a 10.25-inch infotainment screen. Trophy, at £33,495, adds 17-inch wheels alongside a full leather interior with heated front seats, automatic climate control and a 360-degree parking camera.

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Amazon announces 4,000 new UK jobs

Amazon is creating more than 4,000 new permanent jobs across the UK this year, the online giant has announced.

The company said the recruitment drive would bring its permanent workforce to 75,000, having created 40,000 new jobs in the past three years.

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Amazon said it had invested £1bn across the UK and was set to be one of the 10 largest private sector employers in the country. The new roles are spread across the UK and include new fulfilment centres set to open in Wakefield and Knowsley.

Weather

Cloud and rain in northern areas will push southwards during the day, reports BBC Weather, however in the south-east it’ll be very warm with plenty of sunshine.

A clear and dry night for most of the country. There may be the odd patch of cloud in the far north and spells of rain.

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer. In October 2021 he became Car Dealer's associate editor.

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