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The Telegraph Frontpage for Monday 2022 December 05

England v Senegal
Danny Boyle By Danny Boyle
England fans are celebrating after Gareth Southgate’s side cruised into the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Qatar. There is less good news at home, with the RMT rail union pressing on with walkouts that threaten to wreck the holiday plans of millions.

Rail bosses accused of ‘holding country to ransom’

It threatens to be the transport nightmare before Christmas. Rail union bosses have rejected an 8pc pay offer that would have averted debilitating train strikes next week. National walkouts now threaten to wreck the holiday travel plans of millions of people. The rail unions are accused of “holding the country to ransom” by rejecting the offer, which is bigger than the pay deal offered to nurses and other public sector workers. As well as the salary boost over two years, it guaranteed no compulsory redundancies until April 2024. It comes amid a flurry of industrial action, with nurses set to walk out for two days and Royal Mail workers planning strikes in the busiest period for Christmas deliveries. This is our comprehensive guide to all the strikes in December.

England primed for heavyweight duel with France

England have set up a heavyweight World Cup quarter-final against reigning champions France. Gareth Southgate’s side eased through to the last eight of the tournament with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Senegal last night. Sam Wallace believes that, for a third successive tournament, England look again like they are contenders at the business end of it all. Read his match report from the Al Bayt Stadium and these are our player ratings. France await on Saturday, with the defending side armed with the tournament’s most potent player, Kylian Mbappe – or at least he is for now. French newspaper Le Monde described England’s display as “solid” and Le Figaro called the upcoming match “explosive and enticing”. See how the French media reacted to England’s thumping win. Chief sports writer Oliver Brown says that Southgate’s latest masterclass proves he is a true tournament animal. The Three Lions have some huge fixtures on the horizon. This is their route to the final. It is also not too late to pick your most likely winner with The Telegraph‘s World Cup predictor.

Meanwhile, it emerged that Raheem Sterling missed the match after armed intruders broke into his London home the night before the game. Sources close to the Chelsea star described him as being “shaken” by the burglary while some of his family were present. Southgate confirmed Sterling was returning to the UK last night and, although the forward hopes to rejoin the squad in Qatar, the manager said he was unsure if the forward will play any further part in the tournament.

Harry and Meghan’s Archewell chief steps down

After one of their most senior aides left her role, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to take “full lead” of their company ahead of a pivotal few weeks in the public eye. Mandana Dayani, who has run Archewell for less than 18 months, stepped down from her role by mutual agreement and will not be replaced. Royal editor Hannah Furness reports that it comes ahead of a critical period in the Sussexes’ new lives, in which they will launch their Netflix documentary – while the royal family’s reaction to any bombshell will be to “keep calm and carry on”.

PS: Frank Skinner revealed an “awkward” exchange in which the Countess of Wessex criticised his performance of Three Lions.

Also in the news this morning

Migration | A ban on Albanians claiming protection under the Modern Slavery Act could be used to tackle the Channel migrant crisis. Suella Braverman, the Home Secretary, is said to back plans outlined in a report by Nick Timothy, Theresa May’s former aide, published this morning. It states that modern slavery laws are being “unscrupulously abused” by Albanians. Mr Timothy argues that Britain needs a complete reversal.

Around the world: Macron angers Kyiv

Vladimir Putin needs “security guarantees” from the West in order for a peace deal to be negotiated in Ukraine, Emmanuel Macron has said, provoking outrage from Kyiv. In an interview following his state visit to the United States, president Macron said his Russian counterpart remains worried about Nato expansion and this needs to be addressed as part of talks to end the war in Ukraine. Kyiv immediately criticised the French president for advocating making concessions to the Kremlin.
Police inspect a huge pile of spent rocket casings from missiles used by the Kremlin in Kharkiv.

Police inspect a huge pile of spent rocket casings from missiles used by the Kremlin in Kharkiv

Comment and analysis

  • Roger Bootle | Still all to play for on Brexit boosting economy
    The EU referendum has always been not so much an event as long drawn-out process
    Those who believe that Brexit has been an “unmitigated disaster” usually compare the UK’s relative performance since the Brexit vote with the years leading up to 2016. And it is true that on most key variables, there is a distinct deterioration. On GDP, for instance, during the period from 1992 to 2016’s Brexit vote, the UK substantially outperformed its continental neighbours. After 2016 this hasn’t been true.
  • Richard Kemp | European unity on Ukraine is under threat
    Winter has barely begun and there are already signs major European countries – and the EU – are playing into Russian hands
  • Bryony Gordon | Lockdown black comedy not funny any more
    There is a sense that we have moved on from the pandemic, and yet again and again we are reminded that for our children, this is just not true. Last week it was also revealed that one in four young people who spent their adolescence in the shadow of Covid now has a mental health disorder. NHS Digital showed that before the pandemic, one in ten young people aged 17 to 19 was classed as having a “probable mental disorder”. Last year it rose to one in six, with the latest data for 2022 showing a figure of one in four.
  • Telegraph View | Tories need a better answer to month of strikes
  • Reader letters | The private school debate not being considered

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Business briefing: Firms wound up over unpaid gas

British Gas has applied to shut down dozens of its business customers this year over unpaid bills, as the energy crisis leaves companies battling to meet soaring costs. The supplier, owned by Centrica, issued 37 winding-up petitions this year, 13 of which have led to the business being wound up, according to analysis of court records by The Telegraph. Meanwhile, retirees will have more disposable income than working households by 2024 as increases to the state pension outstrip wage rises.

Here is a selection of articles we think you’ll be interested in today.
Alison Thewliss launches bid to become SNP Westminster leader
Angela Rayner’s DJ set compared with Matt Hancock’s I’m A Celebrity appearance
Matt Hancock points ‘chatty rat’ finger squarely at Dominic Cummings
Pharmacies drafted in to break NHS strike
English may say good riddance to Scots if indyref calls persist, says Arlene Foster
George & Tammy, Paramount+ review: this corny country biopic may not win over the Brits
Sky’s Richard Branson documentary doesn’t let the Virgin billionaire off with an easy ride
Think graphic novels aren’t for you? These books will change your mind
Kate Winslet: ‘In our sexualised society, it’s horrifying what children can access online’
Simon Callow: ‘When Thatcher came to watch Amadeus nobody looked at the stage; just at her’
Rail unions refuse to save Christmas from ‘catastrophe’ after rejecting 8pc pay rise
Mark Drakeford spends £13,000 of taxpayers’ money on World Cup trip
Couple face huge energy bill as Christmas tree planted 44-years ago reaches 50ft – and becomes festive icon
Frank Skinner reveals Countess of Wessex criticised his singing performance in ‘awkward’ exchange
UK weather: Britain bracing itself for snow as arctic winds trigger yellow warning

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