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Front Page: Purge of the Cabinet
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Thursday February 13 2020

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Good morning. With the Defence Secretary believed to be in the line of fire in the PM's Cabinet purge, Danny Boyle has your Telegraph briefing

Cabinet reshuffle: Ben Wallace fights for survival

Will Ben Wallace have a job by the end of the day? The Defence Secretary is fighting to remain in post as Boris Johnson prepares to reshuffle his Cabinet today. Mr Wallace, who had clashed with Downing Street over defence spending and Huawei, even cast doubt on his own future. Asked by The Telegraph if he would get the sack, he replied: "Who knows?" It emerged that he has cancelled plans to attend an international security conference in Munich tomorrow and that his deputy would be promoted as part of a shake-up at the ministry. Government sources have revealed the names of two junior ministers and two back-bench MPs in line for promotion. Anna Mikhailova and Christopher Hope have full details of the expected reshuffle winners.

Meanwhile, Priti Patel has pledged that as online regulator, Ofcom will "have the teeth" to enforce a statutory duty of care on tech giants amid concerns at a Government delay over sanctions. Writing exclusively for us, the Home Secretary promises Ofcom will have "tough enforcement rules" to penalise social media and internet firms that fail to protect children and users. Read her piece. She goes on to praise The Telegraph's "trailblazing" campaign for a duty of care, saying the era of self-regulation of the internet is "coming to an end". And Matt finds humour in the new regulations for today's cartoon.


Russia scandal professor speaks for first time


Joseph Mifsud, the mysterious professor at the heart of the Trump-Russia scandal, can be heard talking about his involvement for the first time in Crossfire, the brilliant new Telegraph podcast. Prof Mifsud, whose alleged remark triggered the investigation into ties between Donald Trump's campaign and the Kremlin, disputes the central claim and denies links to the Russia government. Crossfire is a six-episode podcast in which US Editor Ben Riley-Smith reveals the untold story of spies, lies and an election like no other. Listen and subscribe here.


Faked MCC pass that crossed the boundary


With a 29-year waiting list, joining the exclusive ranks of the Marylebone Cricket Club is no easy feat. But a cleaning firm boss is facing jail after buying a dead man's membership card on eBay. Lawyers for James Lattimer, 51, a married father from Bournemouth, accused the MCC of having a "very laissez faire attitude to security" after claiming fake membership cards were readily available online for as little as £4.99. Crime Correspondent Martin Evans has the full extraordinary story.



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Grin up north | The Duchess of Cambridge appeared to be in fine spirits as she visited Northern Ireland and Scotland yesterday. Read more and view our picture editor's choice of more of the day's best images.

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Business and money briefing

Green pledge | BP has vowed to slash its carbon emissions from oil and gas production to "net zero" by 2050 as part of the most ambitious overhaul in the firm's 110-year history. Ed Clowes reports how the £96 billion oil titan is launching a restructuring operation under new boss Bernard Looney to put more focus on green energy.


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Sport briefing

Badminton row | The Falkland Islands badminton team are facing possible expulsion from an international tournament after Argentina demanded they play as "Islas Malvinas". Organisers of the Pan America badminton tournament received an extraordinary series of letters from Argentine and Brazilian officials regarding the British territory's players.



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Savoy cabbage with preserved lemon, dill and pine nut pesto | Serve this easy dish by Claire Thomson with grilled pork or chicken. Click here for the recipe.


And finally...


Many passions | A teenage Richard Burton saw being a teacher, preacher, rugby player or cricketer as a way out of his mining town upbringing - but never showed any interest in acting, his teenage diaries have revealed. The first exhibition of his recently unearthed personal journals and effects will open in Wales in April - revealing the star to also be a teenager with an indifference to chasing girls.


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