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Today’s top headlines from The Telegraph

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1. Boris Johnson demands pay rise for lorry drivers

Boris Johnson has warned firms to increase lorry drivers’ wages, as ministers urged 40,000 retired HGV licence holders to return to work to help refill petrol stations and deliver supplies to supermarkets.

A senior government source said that a temporary relaxation of rules allowing more EU workers to help replenish a shortage of drivers in Britain would only “run up to Christmas” because “we need to be paying these people more rather than just flooding the market with cheap labour”. Read the full story.

2. Parliament ‘misled’ over cost of net zero target, say Conservative MPs

Parliament was “misled” over the cost of reaching the net zero target, Conservative MPs have said, as internal documents reveal that most small electric cars cost thousands of pounds more than officials claimed they would by 2021.

Data obtained from the Climate Change Committee (CCC), the official advisory body, following a legal battle shows that ministers based their estimates of the overall cost of the policy on assumptions that included a claim that the cost of small electric cars would plummet to £13,000 by 2021. In fact, most cost at least £20,000. Read the full story.

3. Duke and Duchess of Sussex hit out at ‘ultra-wealthy pharmaceutical companies’

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex hit out at “ultra-wealthy pharmaceutical companies” for not sharing the recipes for their coronavirus vaccines on Saturday night in a highly political speech at a music concert in New York

In their final appearance of a three-day tour of the Big Apple, the couple took to the stage in Central Park and decried the “misinformation, bureaucracy, lack of transparency and access” around vaccines. Read the full story.

4. Detectives asking for dashcam footage in hunt for suspect in Sabina Nessa case

Motorists who drove near where Sabina Nessa was kil-led are being urged to check dashcam footage because her kil-ler was likely to have been repeatedly caught in the glare of car headlights.

Detectives are hoping to piece together their prime suspect’s movements before he was captured on CCTV outside an apartment block as he fled the crime scene in Kidbrooke, south-east London, on September 17. Read the full story.

5. Mother dies while waiting on phone for GP appointment

A mother-of-two died suddenly while “waiting on the phone for nearly two hours for a doctor’s appointment”, her family has claimed.

Relatives allege that the popular baker Helena Maffei – described as “the soul of Kidderminster” – was trying to get a GP appointment for breathing difficulties when she collapsed at home in front of her 28-year-old son. Read the full story.

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