Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Saturday 26 Mar 2016

1. Labour MPs openly call for Corbyn to go

Labour MPs openly called on Jeremy Corbyn to quit for the first time yesterday. Over a dozen MPs said they will move against the party leader in June. John Woodock, one of the MPs at the heart of the efforts, wrote in the Daily Mirror: “For the sake of people being bled dry by a government that thinks it has a divine right to rule, we simply cannot go on like this.”

2. Brexit is backed by 250 business chiefs

The Vote Leave group has released a list of 250 business leaders who support Britain leaving the EU. Among the Brexit backers are former HSBC chief executive Michael Geoghegan, the founder of Phones 4u John Caudwell and the hotelier Sir Rocco Forte. However, the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign pointed out that the figures were listed in a merely "personal capacity".

3. Minister plotting to scrap animal welfare guidelines

Animal rights groups are in uproar after it was reported that the government is planning to repeal animal welfare codes. Ministers want to repeal official guidance on animal well-being standards, starting with a move to put the code on chicken-farming into the hands of the poultry industry. Labour said the plans were “endangering Britain’s proud tradition as a country that stands up for animal welfare”.

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4. Regulator: Sun's jihadi story 'significantly misleading'

A report in the Sun newspaper that claimed nearly one in five UK Muslims had "sympathy for Jihadis" was misleading, the press regulator has ruled. The story, published in November, reported the results of a survey of UK Muslims, generating more than 3,000 complaints. IPSO said the paper's presentation of the survey results had been "significantly misleading".

5. Experts slam government's 'baffling' dairy advice

People should halve the amount of dairy foods they eat to cut obesity, says the government’s dietary adviser. Public Health England says men should have only 200 calories of dairy per day while women should have just 160. However, The move was rubbished by nutritionists, MPs and the dairy industry, who accused PHE of putting public health at risk with its “baffling” advice.

6. Muslim shopkeeper murdered after Easter message

A much-loved shopkeeper was stabbed to death in a "religiously prejudiced" attack hours after posting an Easter message on Facebook to "my beloved Christian nation". Devout Muslim Asad Shah, originally from Pakistan, had his head stamped on during a savage attack, according to one eyewitness. A 32-year-old Muslim man has been arrested in connection with Shah's death.

7. Storm Katie set to wreak Easter havoc

The Easter weekend is set to be wet and windy for many Brits as severe weather warnings are issued for today and Easter Monday. Up to 2in of rain is expected as Storm Katie is forecast to bring down trees and power cables and make travel difficult over the Bank Holiday weekend. The break got off to a sunny start yesterday with temperatures as high as 60F (15C) in central London.

8. Man charged over double Redcar murders

A 34-year-old man has been charged with murder of two women in separate attacks in Redcar on Wednesday. He will appear before Teesside Magistrates' Court today. The suspect has been charged with the murder of Lynne Freeman, 46, and 30-year-old Jodie Betteridge. Cleveland Police said: "A 34-year-old man… has now been charged with two counts of murder."

9. Brussels police shoot backpack-clad suspect

A terror suspect has been shot and wounded by police in Brussels. Officers say the man, wearing a backpack, did not respond to police demands to raise his arms and was shot in the leg. However, Belgian media suggested the man may have been shot in error. It is understood he failed to respond to police because he did not understand French or Flemish.

10. Four cockerels line-up for Three Lions

Harry Kane and Dele Alli are among the four Tottenham players who will start for England against Germany today. Danny Rose and Eric Dier will also line up in Berlin. Last night, the Netherlands' home friendly against France was stopped after 14 minutes for a minute's applause to remember Dutch great Johan Cruyff, who died of cancer aged 68 on Thursday.

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