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CBI: Miliband risks 'playing with jobs' with zero-hours plan

Ed Miliband could be creating more instability for workers with his plans to effectively ban zero-hours contracts, a leading business group has said.

John Cridland, the director-general of the CBI, said Britain's flexible jobs market had helped deliver an employment rate "that is the envy of other nations", accusing Mr Miliband of "playing with jobs".

Of course action should be taken to tackle abuses, but demonising flexible contracts is playing with the jobs that many firms and many workers value and need.

These proposals run the risk of a return to day-to-day hiring in parts of the economy, with lower stability for workers and fewer opportunities for people to break out of low pay.

– John Cridland


Goodluck Jonathan warns supporters against violence

Outgoing Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has urged his supporters to vent their frustrations peacefully following his election loss.

Goodluck Jonathan failed to win another term in office after losing to Muhammadu Buhari. Credit: Reuters

Mr Jonathan reportedly conceded defeat to 72-year-old Muhammadu Buhari earlier today following a tightly-fought election contest.

"Nobody's ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian," he said in a statement after his defeat.

"The unity, stability and progress of our dear country is more important than anything else."


More details of final moments before plane crash revealed

The co-pilot believed to have deliberately crashed a Germanwings flight, killing all 150 people on board, put an oxygen mask on as he watched the plane plummet from the sky, new evidence suggests.

More details have emerged of the final moments of the ill-fated flight, including suggestions that Captain Patrick Sondheimer first tried to break back into the cockpit using an oxygen tank before asking for a crowbar from the back of the plane, as co-pilot Andreas Lubitz is heard breathing normally.

ITV News correspondent Neil Connery reports:

There were also conflicting reports that mobile phone footage has been recovered from the wreckage of the plane, filmed by one of the passengers, recording the panic on board the flight in the minutes before the crash.

While newspapers in France and Germany claim to have seen the video, the Gendarmerie in France told ITV News that they knew of the reports but were not aware of the existence of the video.

Plane fault forces England squad to stay in Italy

Roy Hodgson and his players will be sticking around. Credit: PA

The England football team will need to stay in Italy for an extra night after their plane suffered a technical issue.

It is now hoped that the team will be able to return to England on Wednesday morning, which could annoy a few club managers.

Nigel Farage fears a 'shouting match' at ITV Leaders' Debate

Nigel Farage has admitted he is nervous about Thursday's ITV Leaders' Debate, telling reporters at a pub in Dover he has concerns over how host Julie Etchingham will "control" the seven leaders.

Ukip Leader Nigel Farage unveiled his party's latest general election campaign poster in Dover, Kent, today Credit: ITV News

Had it been a panel of four, or maybe five, I would have looked forward to it much more, but I think with seven - how on earth she's going to control it I just don't know.

I fear it will generate into a bit of a shouting match as everyone's desperate to make their mark.

– Nigel Farage

He told ITV News UK Editor Rohit Kacharoo that he thought his position in the podium line-up is "Pretty good".

"Tucked inbetween Cleggers and Miliband, that's alright," he said. "It'd be nice to be next to David but I don't think he'd like it very much."

The Ukip leader said that he thought the Prime Minister would be "delighted" with his position at the far end of the seven leaders "far away...from maybe Ed," who he praised as standing up to Jeremy Paxman "remarkably well" in last week's Q&A show.

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