Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. A report has revealed that hundreds of police officers have been accused of abusing their power to sexually exploit people, including vulnerable victims of crime. Watchdogs laid bare the scale of the issue - which they have described as the most serious form of corruption. An investigation was launched earlier this year to look into the the extent of the problem.

  2. Junk food advertising is to be banned across all children's media - including online and social - in a landmark decision to help tackle childhood obesity. The new rules will ban the advertising of food or drink high in fat, salt or sugar across all non-broadcast media targeted at under-16s from July next year.

  3. A committee of MPs are launching an inquiry into the subject of immigration today. The Home Affairs Select Committee will be holding events around the UK to find out what people want when it comes to immigration. In a speech to launch her first major inquiry as Chair of the Housing Allocations Service Centre , Yvette Cooper will say that while people want change, the polls don't tell us what kind of reforms or controls they're looking for.

  4. Parents are being urged to agree social media rules with children ahead of what experts are calling the "most shared Christmas ever" online. Web safety group Internet Matters has issued a "12 shares of Christmas" list of tips for parents to help protect children from over-sharing on social media. This includes guidance on reducing the amount of personal information children share when posting content on social networks.

  5. Local authorities spend less than 1% of their public health budget on mental health, and the figure is shrinking year on year, according to new data from Mind.

How Owen overcame autism barriers with his love of Disney

When Owen Suskind was diagnosed with autism at the age of three, doctors warned his parents Ron and Cornelia that he might not speak - and for the next three years he remained silent.

Owen couldn't make eye contact or communicate at all until a passion for cartoons revealed a way to change things for the better. One day Ron mimicked a line from a Disney film and Owen replied with the next line. Such films went on to provide the connecting link from Owen's world to that of his parents.

Ron is now 25 and has his own radio show. His father made a film about the family's journey called Life, Animated and the three of them joined us this morning to talk about how Disney changed their lives.

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MP tells GMB that UK should follow Germany and ban the burka

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the wearing of full-faced veils should be prohibited in the country "wherever it is legally possible".

Conservative MP Philip Hollobone joined us this morning to give his reasons why he believes the UK should follow Germany and ban the burka. He stated: "You simply can't have a normal everyday conversation, a normal human interaction, if a person has their face covered".

He added: "If you think it's acceptable for a woman to wear a burka, just ask yourself would it be acceptable for a man to wear a full face balaclava."

Is there a place for this kind of ban in Britain?

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Gary Johnson: Chelsea's payout was a 'form of abuse'

You just suffer in silence and push it to the bottom of your ladder as such

– Gary Johnson

Ex-Chelsea footballer Gary Johnson joined Good Morning Britain this morning after revealing the club paid him £50,000 to keep quiet about abuse he endured as much as twice a week for four years as a youth.

Johnson, who appeared on the programme alongside his wife Marcye, told us of how the hush money was a "form of abuse in itself" and of how he felt he had no one to talk to about it.

He is due to meet representatives from Chelsea FC in person later today, where they are expected to formally apologise in person.

The official probe into child sexual abuse allegations in football will ensure any failings by the authorities or clubs "are brought to light", the English Football Association has said.

A hotline for footballers who have been the victims of sexual abuse has been launched by the NSPCC. The hotline will be available 24 hours a day on 0800 023 2642. You can also visit the following:

Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. MPs will be challenged by Theresa May to explicitly back her to trigger Brexit by April in the House of Commons today, a Tory MP has revealed. They will vote following a debate on a plan to trigger Britain's exit from the EU. They will also vote on calls for the Government to set out its Brexit plans before Triggering Article 50.

  2. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the wearing of full-faced veils should be prohibited in the country "wherever it is legally possible". Today we'll be asking whether there Is there a place for this kind of ban in Britain.

  3. After ex-Chelsea footballer Gary Johnson says the club paid him £50,000 to "keep a lid" on sexual attacks he'll join Good Morning Britain this morning alongside his wife to talk about why he's come out about the abuse after 40 years

  4. One in five women and one in ten men will be victims of stalking in their lifetime. Now, in a move to keep victims safe, the Home Office is introducing Stalking Protection Orders to help protect victims at the earliest possible stage. Anyone found breaching the order could face jail a 5 year jail sentence.

  5. An investigation by Good Morning Britain has found that one in nine vets in the UK have seen puppies they believe were illegally imported in the last year. The news comes amid a surge of smuggled puppies entering the UK in time for the festive period, often with life limiting conditions.

Vegan's petition against new £5 note containing animal fat

A petition to ban the new £5 notes which contain animal fat has reached nearly 130,000 signatures.

The petition was started by Doug Maw, who's been a vegan for 20 years who wants the new £5 notes to be withdrawn because they contain small amounts of tallow.

The Australian inventor of the notes has described the complaints as 'stupid'. Professor David Solomon, who developed the first polymer bank note in circulation in Australia in 1988, said the new £5 notes contain trivial amounts of tallow, a substance made from animal fat.

We were joined by Doug this morning to find out more about his petition.

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Will China and the US go to war? Journalist John Pilger thinks so

This is a great landscape of potential mistakes and accidents

– John Pilger

The White House is seeking to reassure China after President elect Donald Trump risked a major international row by reaching out to Taiwan.

Journalist John Pilger reckons China and the US could easily be headed for war.

"This is a great landscape of potential mistakes and accidents" he said.
"If Trump is not going to have a war with China, he has to control his own people."

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Ian Wright exclusive: 'Prison made me a different person'

Former footballer Ian Wright has told Good Morning Britain being in prison inspired him to be a footballer and get his life straight.

The footballer was put in prison in Chelmsford for two weeks for driving without a licence before becoming professional.

"I did say I would never ever come to a place like that again. I knew i had to start doing the straight and narrow right thing," he said. "That was it."

Wright also stressed the importance of his time playing for Crystal Palace.

"It was the way I came through," he said of his time at the club.
"From 1985 when I got there, the way we moved up and took Palace to that level."

Ian was in studio to discuss his new autobiography 'A Life in Football: My Autobiography'

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