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Jeremy Hunt has rejected calls from Tory backbenchers for pre-election tax cuts, insisting there are “no shortcuts” while inflation remains high. The Chancellor, who was speaking on day two of the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, also pushed back on Home Secretary Suella Braverman’s remarks on multiculturalism last week, saying he “wouldn’t use her words”. NHS bosses have warned patients to expect “extreme disruption” at hospitals in England, as junior doctors and consultants begin an unprecedented three-day joint walkout. NHS England says that with medics providing only “Christmas Day” cover, non-emergency care will be at a “near standstill”. Participants at the World Conker Championships may be allowed to harden their nuts by baking them, says the Daily Star. According to organisers of the event, which takes place in Northamptonshire on Sunday, unseasonable weather has left this year’s crop of horse chestnuts “soft and mushy”.