Steve Backshall calls Piers 'a little bit sexist' for views on women's boxing

Wildlife presenter Steve Backshall and his new wife, Olympic rower Helen Glover, joined us this morning to talk about their planned 125 mile kayak to help save the rainforest.

After talking about their impressive training, the conversation turned to women's boxing, with Piers Morgan admitting he finds watching it uncomfortable.

Both Steve and Helen disagreed that women's boxing is any more difficult to watch than men's, with Steve telling Piers "it probably makes you a little bit sexist".

Piers was then brave enough to broach the subject with gold-winning boxer Nicola Adams...

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Didn't get your school place of choice?

Today thousands of pupils across the country find out which secondary school they've been admitted to.

Parents in many areas of England are finding it tougher to get their child into a favoured secondary school than they were a year ago, with 90,000 missing out on their first choice, the Good School Guide predicted.

In just 12 months, more than half of the nation's towns and counties have seen a fall in the proportion of Year Six pupils winning a place at their first choice school.

Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. From today, newly qualified drivers could lose their licence if they're caught using their phones behind the wheel. The penalty for using a phone while driving has now doubled to six points with a £200 fine. It's part of a Government crackdown on the offence, with Transport Minister Chris Grayling saying it's as unacceptable as drink-driving. Meanwhile a GMB investigation has found that a number of celebrities, including premier league footballers, have appeared to be using their phones at the wheel on social media...

  2. Today thousands of pupils across the country find out which secondary school they've been admitted to as the Sutton Trust publishes a report which shows how disadvantaged children often find themselves excluded from top performing state schools. Many of the top schools select pupils from within a catchment area, where the parents of many disadvantaged children cannot afford to live.

  3. A survey by a leading cancer charity shows that a third of women don't know the symptoms of ovarian cancer and that women generally put their health behind others - even pets. A blood test every four months could help women at high-risk of ovarian cancer find tumours early, say doctors.

  4. The Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, has written to every Peer in the House of Lords urging them not to hand the Government its first defeat over the Brexit bill. In the letter she says she fully appreciates the concerns of peers about the rights of EU migrants after Brexit ahead of a vote today.

  5. Double-Olympic gold medal winner Nicola Adams made history at London 2012 when she became the first ever British female boxing champion. She then went on to make history by winning gold again in Rio. She's now turned professional and is being promoted by Frank Warren, who changed his mind about women's boxing. She joins us in the studio today.

What was happening backstage when THAT Oscars blunder happened...

Chaos ensued on the headset, as you can imagine

– Debbie Williams

She was stage manager at the ceremony where THAT blunder happened and today GMB spoke to Debbie Williams about how and why the wrong movie for Best Picture was read out at the Oscars.

"It happened very fast", she said before explaining how an accountant waiting in the wings handed the wrong envelope to presenter Warren Beatty. Is it true that he was distracted tweeting pictures of the big stars backstage?

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Have our NHS hospitals reached 'breaking point'?

NHS doctors experience "grave pressure" in our health services according to a new report. The Royal College of Physicians said its document shows that doctors are facing "bed shortages, staff shortages and a lack of resources" while working on the NHS frontline.

Earlier we were joined by Dr Zeshan Qureshi who stressed that the NHS is under funded, under resourced and under staffed. He also made the shocking revelation that at the height of winter, hospitals were at "breaking point" resulting in "no intensive care beds for children".

Watch the full discussion here.

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  1. The Government targets a six percent spending cut as a plan to save £3.5 billion by 2020. It is believed that the NHS and core school budgets will not be included in the cut. Treasury minister David Gauke said the new plans will help meet the pressures in the social care services.

  2. Education spending must be increased to prevent staff cuts because of a "funding crisis", two teaching groups have said. An open letter to the Chancellor, the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and the National Governors' Association (NGA) warned that schools were running out of things to cut. We'll be discussing this further during today's show.

  3. NHS doctors experiences of "grave pressure" they face while working in the health service have been laid bare in a new report. The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) said its document shows that doctors are facing "bed shortages, staff shortages and a lack of resources" while working on the NHS frontline. One medic described how patients are dying because hospitals are "jam-full".

  4. Jeremy Corbyn has insisted he is "very happy" and Labour is moving forward, as a key ally warned a "soft coup" was under way against his leadership of the party. Mr Corbyn insisted the party was moving forwards under his leadership and would "learn the lessons" of the historic by-election defeat in Copeland, which saw a Labour seat snatched by the Tories.

  5. Are we going to see a Brexit delay? Brexit should be delayed if a trade deal cannot be struck by the end of the two-year negotiation process, business chiefs have said. The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) also called for firms to be allowed freedom to continue recruiting skilled and low-skilled workers from the European Union even after the UK has broken away from Brussels.

Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. Moonlight has been awarded the Best Picture Oscar - after La La Land was handed the top award in error. The awards ceremony was plunged into chaos after presenter Warren Beatty was given the wrong envelope and announced the musical as the winner.

  2. The NHS is said to have lost more than half a million pieces of confidential medical correspondence, including blood test results, cancer clinic appointments and entire treatment plans. Sensitive patient data sent between GPs and hospitals went undelivered over the five years from 2011 to 2016.

  3. Theresa May faces a fresh rebellion in the House of Lords today over her Brexit plans. Peers from all parties say they will demand the proposed new law is re-written to include safeguards for EU citizens already living in the UK and also a veto on the final deal.

  4. There's calls today for GPs to receive better training on how to treat patients with eating disorders. Beat, the UK’s primary eating disorder charity, found that half of people with some experience of the condition rated GP care as “poor” or “very poor” and 30% were not referred to mental health services after their appointment.

  5. Use-by dates on milk should be scrapped to stop more than 100 million pints being wasted every year. Campaigners at Wrap, the waste reduction charity, are holding talks with the dairy industry to persuade them to use a best-before date instead. They say people should trust their noses to tell them when milk has gone off.