Duchess to return to public life after illness

The Duchess of Cambridge is set for her first public engagement after she was taken ill with acute morning sickness, Clarence House has said.

The Queen along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are due to formally welcome the president of Singapore Tony Tan Keng Yam as he begins a historic state visit.

He is the first Singaporean head of state to make a state trip to Britain and will spend four days conducting a busy round of meetings, visits and hold talks with the Prime Minister.

This will be the first time the Duchess has been seen in public since her second pregnancy was announced on September 8.

She stepped out of the limelight to rest as she was suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, which plagued her during her first pregnancy.

Clarence House said her condition was "steadily improving".

Ad warns claimers of the perils of benefit fraud

A tough advertising campaign targeting benefitting claimants will remind them the face jail time if they fail to notify the government of any changes in their circumstances, it has emerged.

The ads are part of a campaign to highlight the types of fraud which cost the taxpayer £1.1 billion every year, authorities have said.

Benefit claimants who fail to declare that a partner has moved in, or increase their cash flow and do not tell the government.

Work and pensions minister Mark Harper said the government would "use everything in our power" to put a stop to benefit fraudsters:

We are giving benefit claimants every opportunity to tell us if their circumstances have changed, as the majority do.

But those who cheat the system need to know we will use everything in our power to stop them stealing money from hardworking taxpayers, and that they could land themselves in jail when they're caught.

– Mark Harper

Lynda Bellingham loses bowel cancer battle

Loose Women panellist and actress Lynda Bellingham has passed away after fighting bowel cancer.

The OXO mum star revealed earlier this month that she had chosen to stop treatment as the disease has gotten so aggressive.

Watch Lynda in her last TV interview on This Morning

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Are we too paranoid about our children's safety?

Almost two thirds of people think it's more dangerous for children to walk to school now than it was 30 years ago, according to a poll carried out exclusively for Good Morning Britain

Fifty per cent of the 1,000 surveyed said traffic was their biggest fear, with 39 per cent citing stranger danger.

So why are parents too scared to let their children walk to school on their own? What age should we let them do it and what are the main dangers parents fear?

Enter our Christmas stocking competition!

Only a few weeks now until Christmas Day and while that gives you plenty of time to sort out the turkey, trimmings and tinsel there's one job that needs attention today - the Christmas Stocking!

This morning we're launching Good Morning Britain's Christmas Stocking competition and searching for Britain's craftiest kid who can draw the most seasonal festive stocking.

The winning design will be made into a craft kit and then sold in Hobbycraft stores nationwide with a donation (50p) from each kit bought going to ITV's Text Santa Appeal. The craft kits will go on sale throughout the country (and online!) on Monday 1st December!

All you need to do is download this form and stocking template, get drawing, and post your entires to us!

Christmas stocking entry form

Christmas stocking template

Tough laws to prevent dog attacks come into force

Police and local councils will be able to impose tough penalties on dog owners if their mutt has been aggressive under new laws which come into effect from today.

Owners face a fine of £20,000 if a member of the public complains to police that their dog has been viscous towards them.

They could also be forced to take their dog to obedience classes, wear a muzzle or be fitted with a microchip if their pet pooch continues to act up.

Meet the tiniest terrier!

A pocket-sized dog weighing just 180 grams and standing just five centimetres tall is believed to be the smallest puppy in the country. Belle, the miniature Yorkshire Terrier, who is just eight weeks old, lives in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, with her owner Karenza Cruse.

The pooch was named after the Tinkerbell fairy character from Peter Pan due to her small stature and feisty character. She was the only survivor out of a litter of four.

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