Saturday morning UK news briefing: Today's top headlines from The Telegraph

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Welcome to your early morning news briefing from The Telegraph - a round-up of the top stories we are covering today. To receive twice-daily briefings by email, sign up to our Front Page newsletter for free.

1. Jacob Rees-Mogg declares war on ‘three-day week’ for the Civil Service

Jacob Rees-Mogg has told of his “suspicions” that civil servants are only working a three-day week, as the Government went to war with Whitehall mandarins.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Mr Rees-Mogg – the Cabinet minister in charge of government efficiency – accused civil servants of working from home on Mondays and Fridays because they “think that the working week is shorter than it really is”. Read the full story.

2. Exclusive: ‘Victim’ breaks silence to reveal alleged sexual harassment at hands of Christ Church dean

A woman who has claimed to have been sexually harassed by the former dean of Christ Church, Oxford, has spoken about her experience for the first time, saying “it is insulting he is trying to claim being the victim”.

Previously known only as “Miss X”, Alannah Jeune has waived her right to anonymity to reveal how reporting the Very Rev Prof Martyn Percy for allegedly stroking her hair in the sacristy in Oct 2020 cost her her thesis. Read the full story.

3. Prince William visits Deborah James at home to deliver her damehood

The Duke of Cambridge has personally delivered a damehood to the home of Deborah James, visiting with her family to honour her campaign to raise awareness of bowel cancer.

The Duke, who is president of the Royal Marsden hospital where Dame Deborah received treatment, spent time with her husband and children for tea, champagne and personal congratulations. Read the full story.

4. Finland and Sweden should not be allowed to join Nato, says Turkey

The Turkish president spoke out on Friday night opposing Finland and Sweden’s attempts to join Nato, in a blow to their hopes for rapid accession to the military alliance

In a televised address, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he could not take a “positive view” of the Nordic countries’ bids for membership because of what he claimed was their support for terrorists. Read the full story.

5. Second-hand cars are now £26,000 more expensive than brand new models

Drivers face paying a £26,000 "used car premium" as manufacturers warn of year-long waits for new vehicles.

Consumers have to hand over thousands more for older cars compared with buying them brand new. A combination of pent-up demand from drivers unwilling to wait for new models, and higher interest rates forcing up debt repayments, has created a huge gulf in the cost of vehicles. Read the full story.

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