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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Sunday 12 Jun 2016


Cameron claims Brexit would harm pensioners

David Cameron and George Osborne say they might not be able to protect spending on pensions, the NHS and defence if the UK votes to leave the EU. However the pro-Brexit camp said the claim was "a frantic attempt to rescue a failing campaign". Meanwhile, the LSE says a third of voters won’t make up their minds until a week before poll.


McDonnell calls for Sir Philip to lose his knighthood

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has said Sir Philip Green should be stripped of his knighthood if he won't face MPs over BHS collapse. The Labour MP attacked the “ugly face of British capitalism” as he called for the billionaire tycoon to be punished. MPs are due to question Sir Philip this week over his handling of the sale of BHS at a parliamentary committee.


Uefa launches inquiry into Marseille fan violence

UEFA is launching an investigation into the violence that broke out following the final whistle of last night’s England v Russia match. Russian supporters were seen attacking English fans, bringing three days of fighting in Marseille to a climax. Some reports claim England fans are fighting for their lives, with a further 20 in hospital.


Britain 'secretly planned to open door to 1m Turks'

British diplomats secretly discussed granting visa-free travel to the UK for more than a million Turks, according to leaked telegrams. Officials have been trying to keep any visa deal with Turkey secret until after the in/out referendum. Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith says David Cameron is “in cahoots” with the European Commission to perpetuate “an appalling deceit” on the British public.


State schools will allow boys to wear skirts

Dozens of state schools have introduced “gender neutral” uniform policies that allow boys to wear skirts and girls to wear trousers. The 80 schools, including 40 primaries, have either dropped distinctions between girls and boys in their dress codes or have actively rewritten their uniform code to say that pupils as young as five can dress in the uniform in which they feel most comfortable.


Islamic State defectors describe 'crumbling caliphate'

Islamic State defectors have revealed how militants are flocking to leave the crumbling “caliphate” as it turns on itself after bitter military defeats. “Life was miserable in the caliphate,” said one defector. “The people were not happy, and many want to leave. They steal from people and kill their own fighters, sometimes for no reason.”


Led Zeppelin due in court over plagiarism claim

Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Robert Plant will appear in court this week to defend Stairway to Heaven from accusations of plagiarism. A psychedelic band from Los Angeles called Spirit claims the iconic guitar that opens the song was lifted from its instrumental track Taurus. “I’d say it was a rip-off,” said Spirit’s late guitarist Randy Wolfe.


Can Libertarian candidate derail Donald Trump?

Gary Johnson, the former Republican Governor of New Mexico, has emerged as a possible “spoiler” who could cost Donald Trump the White House. Support for the Libertarian candidate has suddenly surged above 10 per cent. The Libertarian Party is the only group, apart from the Republicans and Democrats, to secure a place on the ballot in all 50 states.


Queen to attend Mall birthday street party

The Queen will attend a huge street party on the Mall in London today, the final event of the three-day celebration to mark her official 90th birthday. On Saturday, thousands turned out to watch the annual Trooping the Colour parade. The Queen, dressed in a vivid lime green coat and matching hat, was escorted down the Mall in a horse-drawn carriage.


England held but Wales savour historic win

England could only draw the opening tie of their Euro 2016 campaign after conceding a stoppage-time equaliser from Vasili Berezutski. Tottenham's Eric Dier had put Roy Hodgson’s men ahead. Earlier, Wales had marked their first appearance in a major tournament since 1958 with a 2-1 victory over Slovakia in Bordeaux, thanks to goals from Gareth Bale and substitute Hal Robson-Kanu.

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