EXCLUSIVE: Judge Kushner defends her view that rapists 'gravitate' towards drunk girls

Why shouldn’t you say, ‘Be aware ladies’?

– Judge Lindsey Kushner

Judge Lindsey Kushner QC, who said rapists “gravitate” towards drunk girls, today spoke exclusively on Good Morning Britain to defend her comments.

Joined by rape survivor Megan Clark, who has waived her right to anonymity, Judge Kushner QC said: “My comments have been criticised in relation to perhaps putting off people from coming forward if they have been raped - my intention was to stop them getting raped in the first place.”

Top five headlines you’re waking up to

  1. Sir Elton John suffered from a "potentially deadly" bacterial infection during a tour, forcing him to spend two nights in intensive care and cancel concerts in the US, his management says. The singer became violently ill at the end of a tour of South America last week, requiring him to return to the UK for urgent treatment.

  2. Labour will scrap the Tories' Brexit White Paper and replace it with fresh negotiating priorities that have a strong emphasis on retaining the benefits of the Single Market and the Customs Union. A Labour Government will unilaterally guarantee existing rights for all EU nationals.

  3. A judge who was accused of "victim blaming" after using a rape trial to urge women to take more care of themselves on drunken nights out has defended her comments on GMB. Judge Lindsey Kushner QC made headlines last month when she said that people are entitled to drink as much as they like, but warned that rapists gravitate towards drunk women.

  4. Serena Williams says Ilie Nastase's recent comments about her unborn child are "racist" and has given her backing to a full investigation. Nastase, a former world number one, was heard speculating whether Williams' child would be "chocolate with milk?" "It disappoints me to know we live in a society where people like Ilie Nastase can make such racist comments," Williams said in a statement. Williams, 35, is due to give birth to her first child in the autumn.

  5. Six years ago Alissa Parker lived every parents worst nightmare. She sent her six-year-old daughter Emilie off to school - Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Later that morning, she was told there had been a shooting there. Emilie was one of 20 six and seven year olds who were killed, along with six of their teachers. Alissa joins us in the studio this morning.

The stars turn out to pay tribute to GMB's Health Stars

Good Morning Britain’s second Health Star Awards took place on Tuesday, rewarding those people who have gone the extra mile to help someone’s health or save a life.

Pixie Lott, who presented an award

Set up to recognise the best in British healthcare, the awards took place at the Rosewood Hotel, London, with presenters Susanna Reid, Kate Garraway, Charlotte Hawkins, Ranvir Singh and Dr Hilary Jones all in attendance as well as Trisha Goddard, Pixie Lott, Fleur East, Larry and George Lamb, Alison Steadman, Kimberley Walsh, Michelle Heaton and Russell Watson.

Tune in to Wednesday's Good Morning Britain to find out more!

Cast of Rhys Jones murder drama faced 'an awful lot of responsibility'

The fact that it was real and something that a family are living through, and still are, day in, day out, it brings an awful lot of responsibility to bear on the whole cast.

– Actress Sinead Keenan

The actress who plays the mother of murdered schoolboy Rhys Jones in a TV dramatisation has told of the 'responsibility' she felt in taking on the role.

Sinead Keenan stars in Little Boy Blue, the new ITV series based on the story of the 11 year old, who was gunned down by 16-year-old Sean Mercer on his way home from football practice in Croxteth, Liverpool, in 2007.

We surprise a very deserving lady with a Health Star Award

The Good Morning Britain Health Star Awards are taking place today at the Rosewood Hotel in London.

This morning, we surprised 33-year-old Lisa Wallis with the Outstanding Health Star Award for her work supporting cancer patients through their chemotherapy, even while she's battling the disease herself.

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Marathon hero Matthew Rees on why he had to help David Wyeth across the finish line

I came round the final corner ready to sprint that final 200m, but as soon as I saw David and his legs go beneath him, there was no other option, I had to help him

– Matthew said he didn't hesitate to help David

This year's London Marathon broke records with around 40,000 runners completing the 26.2 mile race. But it was two athletes in particular that embodied the true spirit of sportsmanship.

When David Wyeth's legs began to give in to exhaustion, fellow runner Matthew Rees sacrificed his own race time to make sure David got over the finish line.

They were only 200 metres from the end of the race, and when it seemed just words of encouragement wouldn't get David there, Matthew physically helped him complete the course.

Paul Nuttall on UKIP's pledge to ban the burka

You can't fully integrate into society with a burka or niqab

– UKIP leader Paul Nuttall

UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall has announced the party will include a ban on face veils, or burkas, as part of it's general election manifesto.

He says wearing the face covering is a security risk, and creates a barrier to social integration. But his comments have been heavily criticised by muslim organisations.

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Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. Jeremy Corbyn will tell trade unionists today that if Labour wins the general election, they'll overturn what he calls the 'vicious Tory Trade Union Act'. The laws brought in by David Cameron meant that for any strike action, there had to be a 50% turnout at the ballot for the action to be legal. It follows the Leader's controversial comments that he would review all aspects of defence policy, which immediately called into question his commitment to Trident.

  2. Far-right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron have advanced from the first-round of the French presidential election, projected results suggest. The pair now face a run-off vote on May 7.

  3. A former Royal Navy officer has been killed by thieves who ran him over in his own car after he confronted them outside his home. Michael Samwell, 35, died after going to stop his black Audi S3 being taken in the early hours of Sunday in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester.

  4. The boyfriend of reality TV star Ferne McCann has been charged in connection with an acid attack in an east London nightclub. Around 20 revellers suffered burns, including a man and woman both blinded in one eye, after a substance was thrown at them in the early hours of Easter Monday.

  5. Tougher fines for motorists who drive well above the speed limit are set to come into force from Monday. Drivers caught doing 41mph in a 20mph zone, 51mph in a 30mph zone, 66mph in a 40mph or 101mph on a motorway will face penalties starting from 150% of their weekly income - up 50% on the previous level. The new regulations apply in England and Wales.