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

Welcome to your early-morning news briefing from The Telegraph – a round-up of the top stories we are covering on Thursday. To receive twice-daily briefings by email, sign up to our Front Page newsletter for free.
1. Exclusive: 150 Oxford dons refuse to teach in Rhodes statue row

More than 150 Oxford dons are boycotting Oriel College and refusing to teach its students in protest at its decision to keep the Cecil Rhodes statue, The Telegraph can reveal.

It is the latest incident in the culture wars engulfing British universities and comes amid a growing fallout over a decision to remove the Queen’s portrait at neighbouring Magdalen College. Read the full story.

2. Palace frustration over Lilibet name choice is part of wider annoyance over Sussexes’ departure

Amid the briefing war that has broken out between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Buckingham Palace and the BBC, what the Queen actually thinks about Harry and Meghan naming their newborn daughter Lilibet has become rather a secondary issue.

The palace’s refusal to deny BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond’s report that Her Majesty was "never asked" her opinion on the couple’s decision to name the baby after her childhood nickname speaks volumes about the ongoing disconnect between the institution and the Sussexes’ stateside operation. Read the full story.

3. Return of transatlantic tourism: Boris Johnson and Joe Biden pledge to restart air travel

Boris Johnson and Joe Biden will on Thursday pledge to restart air travel between their countries as soon as possible as world leaders gather in Cornwall seeking to get people flying again.

In their first ever face-to-face meeting, the UK and US leaders will announce a new joint travel task force in a concerted effort to see the return of transatlantic tourism.  Read the full story.

4. People with mental illness and learning disabilities given ‘do not resuscitate’ orders during pandemic

Patients with mental illness and learning disabilities were given “do not resuscitate” orders during the pandemic, The Telegraph can disclose.

Families, carers and doctors have said that medics decided that patients with these conditions should not be resuscitated if their heart stopped – a decision which in one case appears to have led to the patient’s death.  Read the full story.

5. Earl Spencer helps find shipwreck that changed the course of British history

The wreck of a ship which changed the course of English history – after it sank 900 years ago with the heir to the throne on board – it believed to have been located as part of a project backed by Earl Spencer.

The drowning of 17-year-old William Adelin, the only legitimate son of Henry I and grandson of William the Conqueror, cast a shadow that led to generations of unrest known as the Anarchy, according to the historian Charles Spencer, who has written a best-selling book on the White Ship. Read the full story.

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