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Tuesday morning UK news briefing: Today’s top headlines from The Telegraph

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1. Boris Johnson to tell Ukraine: This is your ‘finest hour’

Boris Johnson will tell Ukrainian MPs that this is their “finest hour” when he becomes the first foreign leader to address Kyiv’s parliament on Tuesday.

In a video speech echoing Sir Winston Churchill, Mr Johnson will praise Ukraine’s resistance in containing the Russian invasion as he announces £300 million of new military aid. Read the full story.

2. Tories ‘set to lose 550 seats’ in worst local election performance in a generation

The Conservatives are on track to lose nearly 550 seats in the local elections in the worst performance since Sir Tony Blair led Labour in the 1990s, a survey has predicted.

Labour will hold 3,500 council seats – a gain of more than 800 – whilst the Tories will retain just under 980, a fall of 548, according to the survey of 1,749 adults in the 201 councils going to the polls on Thursday. Read the full story.

3. Record number of Channel migrants reaching UK as crossings ‘fuelled by Rwanda delays’

The number of Channel migrants reaching the UK hit a new record over the Bank Holiday weekend amid claims that delays in plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda has fuelled the crossings.

The arrival of more than 580 migrants in small boats over Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday took the total this year past 7,000 – treble last year’s rate for the same period of time. Read the full story.

4. Sir Keir Starmer refuses to say he will cooperate if police reopen ‘beergate’ inquiry

Sir Keir Starmer has refused to say whether he would cooperate with police if they reopen the inquiry into “beergate”, dismissing Tory claims as “mudslinging”.

During a visit to West Sussex ahead of the local elections on May 5, the Labour leader did not answer directly when asked whether he would cooperate with a police investigation. Read the full story.

5. US Supreme Court votes to overturn abortion rights, according to leaked draft decision

The US Supreme Court has reportedly voted to overturn the landmark Roe v Wade decision that legalised abortion in America half a century ago.

The draft document was reportedly leaked to Politico in what was described as the first leak of its kind ever from inside the Supreme Court. Read the full story.

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