Traffic chaos expected in Christmas rush

Jammed roads, disrupted rail journeys and packed airports are expected to signal the start of the Christmas getaway, according to travel experts.

Some four million Brits are expected to fly out of the UK between December and January 3rd, according to travel association Abta, and is slightly higher than the number going away for Christmas last year. Heathrow is handling 16,700 departures this Friday, with nearly 700,000 passengers leaving from the west London airport between December 19 and Christmas Day.

And they are not the only airport expecting a high passenger load - Gatwick airport would be handling 800,000 departures and Stansted 430,000 between December 19 and January 3. In addition around 380,000 will leave from Manchester and 160,000 from Birmingham over the same period. Those that remain in the UK can expect heavy traffic and delayed rail services, experts warned.

Military Awards honours the armed forces

Tonight the Sun's Military Awards will be broadcast on ITV, presented by Amanda Holden and Phillip Schofield, the awards pay tribute to the outstanding courage and sacrifice of Britain's armed forces at the annual ceremony, with senior members of the royal family in attendance.

Today we speak to Louise Fetigan who received The Sun Military award for the charity she founded, My Daddy is a Solider Adventures, in 2011. The charity supports children with parents serving in the British Army, regular or reserve.

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Top tips on how to wrap a present

If your annual Christmas wrapping session leaves you covered in screwed up balls of sellotape and torn paper, help is at hand. A new video showcasing an incredibly fast and simple technique has gone viral - revealing how to wrap a present in just 12 seconds.

So what is the best way to wrap a present? We've enlisted the help of expert wrapper Arona Khan to show us!

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Not just toys for girls or boys!

We radically need to get more girls studying science at A Levels so they can become engineers

– Jo Swinson

Equalities Minister Jo Swinson writes to toy manufacturers and retailers to encourage them to market toys sensibly this Christmas.

The Minister is calling on the retail sector to do what it does best - respond to customers' demands and ensure the greatest choice by marketing toys for all children, rather than for boys or girls.

Jo joins us on today's show - let us know what you think by leaving your comments below.

A trip to Lapland for one lucky nurse!

There are seven days left until Christmas but just one more day to go until ITV's big Text Santa finale tomorrow. So today, we're highlighting the work of the charity WellChild and one particular nurse, called Aileen Crichton who looks after 30 sick children.

Aileen on the sofa when we surprised her with the trip!

Three weeks ago we surprised her when she thought she had come into Good Morning Britain for a backstage tour but instead she found out she'd been set up! We sent her on the trip of a lifetime to Lapland.

Filmed on location in Saariselka, Finland

With thanks to Argos, who provided the presents for the WellChild patients

WATCH: There's a surprise in store for one lucky nurse

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