Today’s Telegraph headlines

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1. Penny Mordaunt exclusive: I’m worthy of being Prime Minister

Penny Mordaunt has insisted her record in government shows she is ready to become prime minister, in response to attacks on her in the Tory leadership race.

Speaking to the Telegraph in her first newspaper interview since voting began in the contest, the trade minister said she was being smeared as part of a “black ops” campaign. “. Read the full story.

2. UK weather: The Met Office warns it won’t be safe to go out and ‘play in the sun’ next week

The public have been warned that it will not be safe next week to go out and ‘play in the sun’ as the Met Office issued an unprecedented warning about the impending heat wave.

A ‘red warning’ has been declared across England, with the forecaster saying national temperature records are likely to be broken on Monday or Tuesday next week. Read the full story.

3. Heathrow flights could leave partially empty as passengers kick in

Heathrow has told airlines to consider kicking holidaymakers off flights to avoid travel chaos.

Airport bosses have told carriers they should consider reducing the number of seats on individual flights rather than canceling them altogether. Read the full story.

4. The Queen said ‘Thank God Meghan won’t come’ ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral, book says

The Queen expressed her relief that the Duchess of Sussex did not attend the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, saying “thank God Meghan is not coming,” a biographer said on Friday evening.

Tom Bower, who has written a new book about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex titled ‘Revenge’, has alleged the Queen communicated her feelings to her aides in a ‘clear voice’ at Windsor Castle ahead of the funeral from her husband. Read the full story.

5. JK Rowling claims parents said their disabled daughter was not entitled to female-only care

The family of a disabled girl who was told she had no right to female-only care in school toilets has been supported by JK Rowling.

They had accused the school of putting their child at risk of assault in order to “celebrate staff diversity”. Read the full story.

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