Plastic straws and cotton buds could be banned in effort to save wildlife

The sale of plastic straws, drinks stirrers and cotton buds could be banned in England in a bid to save what's left of the marine life living in the seas surrounding the country.

Environment Secretary, Michael Gove announced the reforms on Monday as part of the government's fight to removing pollutants and waste plastic from the rivers and seas in and surrounding the UK. It has committed to a 25-year plan to remove the pollutants in a last-ditch bid to save marine species that live in the waters surrounding the UK.

Islamist hate preacher Anjem Choudary released from prison - leaving taxpayer with £30m bill

Islamist hate preacher Anjem Choudary has this morning been released from prison. The former Solicitor will now be tracked through a multi-million-pound surveillance operation - with the taxpayer footing the bill.

Choudary was incarcerated at HMP Belmarsh after spreading hate message promoting so-called Islamic State. He vowed to continue spreading the messages upon his release. He'll now be the subject of a £2million surveillance operation to monitor his activities, ensuring he does not come into contact with those vulnerable to radicalisation.

Extension to Brexit transition period 'probably will happen', EU says

It looks increasingly likely that the UK will stay in the EU for longer than originally proposed.

In a speech, Prime Minister Theresa May said that contingency plans were being put into place in case the UK cannot reach an agreement with the European Union ahead of the 29th March 2019.

Stickling points including the Irish border are causing headaches for negotiators in Westminster, Stormont and Brussels tussle over trade agreements.

On Thursday afternoon, President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker told journalists that an extension of the transition period: "probably will happen,"

50,000 children living in toxic households

It has emerged that around 50,000 young children are living in toxic households.

Described as a “toxic trio” of domestic abuse, drug or alcohol addiction, and mental health problems. 15,800 babies are also considered by local authorities to be vulnerable or highly vulnerable, and at risk of harm.

The report from the Children’s Commissioner for England has warned thousands of these vulnerable youngsters could be unknown to social services. Services for high-risk children are under threat, due to council budget cuts which could create a “dangerous shortfall”, they predict.

Piers is PIED by Harry Hill over 'Papoose-Gate'

The Piers Morgan 'papoose-gate' reached a rather messy ending on today's Good Morning Britain. Harry Hill decided it was about time to slam Piers in the face with a custard pie in defence of all the proud papoose wearing dads out there.

Piers then chose to throw a pie in Susanna's face, but we're not so sure why.

Our Good Morning Britain host stirred-up a bit of a Twitter storm earlier in the week when he labelled the papoose (also commonly known-as a baby carrier) emasculating. He even went as far to say that Daniel Craig was an 'emasculated Bond' after the 007 star was seen carrying his baby daughter in a papoose.

Kay Burley: 'I never get upset on telly'

Sky News presenter Kay Burley spoke about the very personal reasons she is taking on her latest charity challenge for Stand Up for Cancer.

Kay, who has reportedly hosted more hours of live television than any other presenter started her career at ITV's TV-AM, explained: “My mum died when she was my age and my little boy was eight months old. I remember her saying to me at the time, ‘I’m going to die’ and I said, ‘I can’t live without you’. And she said, ‘you are going to have to darling and look after your daddy’.

Welling up, she apologised, and said: “I never get upset on the telly.”

Watch the full interview above.

Petition to feature Margaret Thatcher on new £50 note faces opposition

A petition that is calling on Margaret Thatcher to be the face of the new £50 note has received over 8,000 signatures. But as news spreads of the campaign, opinions are split, with some critics going as far to say they won’t use the banknote if Thatcher is on it.

The campaign was launched in response to an announcement from The Bank of England. They’re offering the public the opportunity to nominate British figures to appear on the new £50 note ahead of its redesign in plastic.

Meanwhile, the petition titled: "Margaret Thatcher for the Face of the New £50 Note" is calling for the former PM to be featured, it says, "in the interest of gender equality".