Wednesday morning news briefing: Lord Steel faces expulsion

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Lib Dems to throw out Steel over Cyril Smith sex abuse

Lord Steel faces expulsion from the Liberal Democrats. The Telegraph can disclose that he is expected to be the first politician singled out for censure by the national child sex abuse inquiry. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) is due to publish the conclusion of its investigation into Westminster allegations next week. Chief Reporter Robert Mendick has exclusively learnt that it will castigate the former Liberal leader. Friends of the peer, a leading political figure of the Seventies and Eighties, fear he will be made a scapegoat over his own admission that he failed to pass on his suspicions about the late ex-Liberal MP Cyril Smith's abuse of boys. They have accused IICSA of targeting him to justify the huge cost of the inquiry. Crime Correspondent Martin Evans has this profile of Smith, the serial paedophile to whom the establishment turned a blind eye.

Points-based migration to end era of cheap labour

Changes to the UK's immigration rules have been announced. Businesses will have to end their reliance on cheap low-skilled migrants and hire more British workers under a new points-based system. Boris Johnson will introduce laws in March limiting migration to skilled workers (from the EU and elsewhere) who have a job offer, speak English and command a minimum £25,600 salary. As Home Affairs Editor Charles Hymas reports, businesses have 10 months to prepare for the points system. This chart shows UK net migration by nationality over the past decade.

Meanwhile, the EU has added an "Elgin Marbles clause" to its demands for a post-Brexit trade deal with Britain, raising fears that it would bolster Greek calls for their repatriation to Athens. The demand was revealed in Brussels after the EU inter-governmental talks and as Michel Barnier rejected demands by David Frost, the UK's chief negotiator, for a Canada-style trade agreement. These are the other possible UK-EU trade deal options. And Matt finds humour in the talks for today's cartoon.

Queen 'ready to ban Sussexes from royal branding'

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex face being banned from using their self-anointed "Sussex Royal" label after stepping down as senior royals. The Queen and senior officials are expected to conclude that it is no longer appropriate for the couple - who have relocated to North America with their son Archie - to continue using the term "royal" in their branding. Separately, the National Theatre's artistic director has told Hannah Furness that Meghan will remain one of its patrons as it searches for projects that can capitalise on her "star reach".

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