Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Thursday 10 Mar 2016

1

Leaked files list 22,000 Islamic State members

Documents listing 22,000 names, addresses, telephone numbers and family contacts of Islamic State (IS) jihadists have been leaked to Sky News by a disillusioned convert. Sky says the files reveal the names of previously unknown IS members from the UK and elsewhere and will be used to prevent terrorist attacks.

2

Cameron outlines dangers of EU exit

In a speech to car workers in Chester today, the Prime Minister outlined the dangers of Britain leaving the EU, claiming that it would put jobs and trade at risk. Meanwhile, in a letter to The Times, Professor Stephen Hawking and 150 other Royal Society scientists have warned that Brexit would be a disaster for UK research.

3

Energy bill price cap for low income households

Around four million low-income households in the UK need a price cap on their energy bills, says the Competition and Markets Authority. The watchdog has proposed a maximum price for all households using pre-pay meters until smart meters are rolled out nationally in 2020. It also wants to increase competition among providers.

4

'Goldfinger' killing was a 'professional hit'

Police say the shooting of convicted conman John "Goldfinger" Palmer last June "bears all the hallmarks of a professional hit". The 65-year-old, who was due to stand trial in Spain for real estate fraud, was shot six times in the chest at his sprawling Essex estate, in an area not covered by his security CCTV. He was jailed in 2001 for a timeshare fraud.

5

800,000 people now on zero-hour contracts

More than 800,000 people in the UK are working on zero-hour contracts, with figures from the Office of National Statistics showing an increase of more than 100,000 in the past year. Zero-hours employees now make up 2.5% of the workforce, up from 2.3% last year and 1.9% in 2013. Those on contracts commit to being available but are not guaranteed hours.

6

Jarvis lays out his vision as leadership talk mounts

Labour backbencher Dan Jarvis, a potential challenger to party leader Jeremy Corbyn, is to lay out his vision for the economy today, says The Guardian. His speech, in which he will pledge to be "tough on the causes of inequality", will be seen as "firing the starting gun on a bid for the leadership", the paper adds.

7

Suu Kyi will not be Myanmar president

Former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi will not become president of Myanmar, despite her NLD party's massive election victory last year. Legislation bans her from the job because her sons have British nationality. Instead, Suu Kyi has chosen 69-year-old Htin Kyaw, a long-time advisor and fellow Oxford graduate, for the role.

8

A&E delays at record levels in England

NHS England figures show that A&E delays have reached record levels. In January only 88.7% of patients were dealt with in four hours, against a target of 95%. The figure is the worst since the introduction of targets in 2004 and A&E attendance is up 10% on last year. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland also fell short of their A&E targets, while other key targets on waiting times and discharges were also missed.

9

Ikea billionaire wears second-hand clothes

Ikea's billionaire founder buys all his clothes second-hand at flea markets, a new documentary reveals. Ingvar Kamprad, 89, says his penny-pinching ways helped the furniture chain become one of the biggest brands in the world and that wearing pre-owned clothes shows he wants "to set a good example".

10

Briefing: the Hinkley Point power station

Plans to build an £18bn nuclear plant in Somerset look set to go ahead,
even as opposition mounts at home and abroad. The Hinkley Point deal is
expected to be finalised in April after being delayed for several years,
most recently since October, while the reactor's builder, EDF, deliberated
over its funding position. The resignation of the EDF finance chief Thomas
Piquemal at the weekend has further undermined the case for building the
reactor

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