Wednesday evening news briefing: Christian Horner cleared of allegations of inappropriate behaviour

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Good evening. Christian Horner has been cleared of wrongdoing following allegations of inappropriate behaviour by a female colleague.

Red Bull chief cleared of allegations of inappropriate behaviour

Red Bull’s parent company in Austria said that it was satisfied that their investigation was “fair, rigorous and impartial”. The Red Bull team principal is due to land in Bahrain on Wednesday evening and will be in the paddock on Thursday ahead of the opening race of the season on Saturday.

Our first duty is to protect Britain, Penny Mordaunt tells Chancellor

Penny Mordaunt has told Jeremy Hunt that the Government’s “first duty” is to protect Britain, amid a backlash over the lack of extra funding for the Ministry of Defence in the Budget.

Prince Harry to appeal police protection ruling

Prince Harry will seek to appeal a High Court ruling over his right to automatic police protection in the UK after his claim was dismissed by a judge. The Duke of Sussex is preparing to take his case to the Court of Appeal after it was rejected by Sir Peter Lane in a written ruling on Tuesday.

Evening Briefing: Today’s essential headlines

Foreign | Pope Francis was hospitalised with flu after his weekly audience at the Vatican.

Post Office scandal | Rishi Sunak refuses to back Post Office boss Nick Read after it emerged he tried to double pay

Business | Churchill owner targeted in £3.1bn Belgian takeover bid

Crime | Murder investigation launched 10 days after dog walker found shot dead in Perthshire

Royals | Prince and Princess Michael of Kent keep calm and carry on after death of Tom Kingston

Election | Six graphs showing how Reform UK could be kingmakers at the election

Comment and analysis

Allison Pearson | A new sport is upon us – competing over whose bit of Britain is most broken

Sam Bidwell | It’s no wonder Britain’s young want a dictatorship

Antony Beevor | Putin has repeated Stalin’s mistakes

Madeline Grant | The Tories have one shot at fixing our housing crisis

Telegraph readers | ‘Lee Anderson speaks for everyone who loves England’

World news: Hamas fires ‘Soviet rockets’ at Israel from southern Lebanon

The military wing of Palestinian group Hamas said it fired a volley of rockets towards northern Israel from south Lebanon.


Feature of the day

Faux fur coats and no bras: Saint Laurent’s outfits are not for Waitrose, but they are exquisite

The vast majority of outfits were as sheer as mist – a wonder of engineering and less-is-more styling.


Business news: Drivers don’t want electric cars, Aston Martin admits

Aston Martin has delayed the launch of its first electric car as the luxury marque’s chairman admitted that drivers still want “the sports car smell, feel and noise” of a petrol engine.

Live markets news: Bitcoin soars close to record high - latest updates

Editor’s choice

Health | The real reasons you’re not losing weight

Money | Find out how much the Tories’ stealth tax raid has cost you

Culture | ‘Have you ever been shot at?’: how James Clavell battled his Shogun critics

Sport briefing: Today’s essential headlines

Oliver Brown | ‘Rugby’s eligibility laws have gone too far – nationality no longer matters’

Stoke City FC | Inside team’s slide to Championship trapdoor

Tennis | Saudia Arabia’s PIF announces multi-million dollar ATP deal

Football | Michael Edwards wants more control at Liverpool before considering shock return

Rugby | World Rugby defends smart mouthguards amid rising criticism

Three things for you

Money | The jobs that pay the best ‘golden hello’ bonuses – and why they’re getting rarer

Style | How Kate Winslet mastered the long bob in her 40s

Travel | How to spend an artistic weekend in Florence