Ricky Tomlinson 'glad' he didn't know about Caroline Aherne's cancer

I'm so glad I didn't know she had it

– Ricky Tomlinson

Ricky Tomlinson and Caroline Aherne's brother Patrick joined GMB for the first time to speak about the death of the much-loved actress after a secret battle with lung cancer earlier this year.

Her brother opened up about growing up with the Mrs Merton and Royle Family star and of how cancer affected their lives.

Meanwhile, joining us from his home in Liverpool, her onscreen father Ricky told us he was relieved he didn't know she was suffering with the disease because he watched his father die from it.

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Charlotte schoolgirl's emotional plea to end violence

We need our mothers and fathers to be by our side

– Zianna Oliphant

An emotional appeal made by a nine-year-old schoolgirl from Charlotte has highlighted the need for racial equality in the city.

Zianna Oliphant broke down crying as she made her testimony to the City Council on racism and policing after African-American Keith Lamont Scott was fatally shot last week.

"We are black people and we shouldn't have to feel like this. We shouldn't have to protest because you're treating us wrong," the girl said tearfully on Monday. "We do this because we need to and have rights."

Watch her incredibly moving speech above.

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Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. In a GMB exclusive Ricky Tomlinson and Caroline Aherne's brother Patrick speak for the first time about the death of the much-loved actress from cancer earlier this year

  2. In his speech to the Labour Party Annual Conference today, Jeremy Corbyn will refuse to cut the number of migrants entering UK. The re-elected leader will say he 'will not fan the flames of fear' - but instead provide relief to communities in Britain struggling with immigration.

  3. Fertility expert Dr Luciano Nardo joins us today to say women should freeze their eggs by the age of 35, if they haven't already had children, as the chances of conceiving dip steeply. But it isn't cheap and there's no guarantee of success. Is the best answer to get pregnant early?

  4. The UK has around 110,000 'sandwich generation' carers who are looking after a parent with cancer as well as their own children, figures suggest. New data from Macmillan Cancer Support estimates that almost one in 10 cancer carers are 'sandwich carers' and most of them are also juggling a job.

  5. A schoolgirl has given an emotional and passionate speech in Charlotte, pleading for the violence to stop and black people to be given greater respect and protection, Nine-year-old Zianna Oliphant, who said the decision to address City Council was a last-minute one, said: "I was just feeling like what the police are doing to us, just because of our skin, is not right."

Zoo's penguin colony completely wiped out by malaria

Credit: Facebook/Exmoor Zoo

Zoo keepers have been left devastated after an outbreak of avian malaria killed an entire colony of Humboldt penguins.

Ten birds, some of which were offspring of original residents, died two weeks ago at Exmoor zoo in Devon - but staff were to upset to announce the sad news right away.

In a statement posted on Facebook last night the zoo said: “All the deaths occurred over a period of nine days and despite the best efforts of our veterinarian and the staff (some of whom have hand-reared the individuals from the day they have hatched) the outbreak could not be halted.

Is our high street wheelchair-friendly?

The reality is the attitude's still not right from an awful lot of people

– Baroness Tanni-Grey Thompson

Wheelchair user Will Pike has gathered almost 47,000 signatures for better access for wheelchair users and made a film which has garnered more than one million viewers online.

Here in the UK, it seems the high street isn't quite as friendly as we might think it would be. Watch as Will makes his way around the city trying to get access to numerous establishments.

Baroness Tanni-Grey Thompson joined Will on the sofa and admitted: "The attitude is still not right from an awful lot of people. It's the attitude that needs a big shift and then the physical access comes from this."

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Piers Morgan admits Hillary clinched victory in the first US presidential debate

I can be friends with lots of people and still realise when they're losing

– Piers Morgan

He's good friends with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, but our Piers admitted that Hillary Clinton was the top performer at last night's presidential debate in Long Island, New York.

Piers, who got up at 2am to watch the debate even reckons Hillary may have read some of the tips he directed at her in his column yesterday...

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The top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. England football manager Sam Allardyce has been secretly filmed allegedly giving advice on how to bend FA rules. England's new coach was filmed by The Telegraph, allegedly negotiating a consultancy deal with undercover reporters purporting to represent a Far East firm.

  2. The US presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton went head-to-head in their first election debate in front of a television audience of over 100 million overnight. The 90-minute debate came six weeks before Election Day, with polls showing an extremely tight race.

  3. Sadiq Khan is to call on Labour to unite and focus on winning power. The Mayor of London will tell the Party's annual conference in Liverpool that it is big city Mayors who will show the public that Labour is ready for Government. Mr Khan, who backed Owen Smith in the leadership contest, will congratulate Jeremy Corbyn on his victory, saying the leadership of Labour has been 'decided'.

  4. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge continue their trip to Canada today. With William and Kate departing from Victoria this morning, there is the possibility they may be seen enjoying some family time before they head off which would be a chance for the public to catch another glimpse of George and Charlotte.

  5. New research reveals that October is the peak month of the year for cyberbullying, with double the amount of searches than the average month...and eight times more than in the summer months. It is the perfect storm for cyberbullying because children have settled back into school and many have been given new tech.

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A look ahead at this evening's US Presidential debate

Ahead of tonight's eagerly anticipated debate in the US between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Good Morning Britain takes a quick look back at the hopefuls and their form thus far.

Tonight's debate will last for 90 minutes, and will be a strong indicator as to who may become the next President of the United States of America.

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