Golden couple of hockey set to receive honours

Lots of people work with their spouse and there are pros and cons of it... at work we're Kate and Helen and we're hockey players

– Kate Richardson-Walsh on being a part of a sporting team with her wife Helen

They've been playing hockey together since they were teenagers and then Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh made history becoming the first same-sex married couple to win an Olympic Gold medal together. They also became the first married British couple to win Gold together since 1920 and this week become the first same-sex married couple to be honoured on the same honours list.

They joined us this morning to talk about their excitement over the honour and of how their sporting partnership blossomed into love.

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The seven year old who got noticed by the boss of Google!

A letter written by a seven-year-old girl asking for a job at Google has gone viral after the youngster received a reply from the head of the multinational technology company.

Chloe Bridgewater, who loves computers and robots, was encouraged by her dad to write a letter about her dreams for her future career - which also include becoming an Olympic swimmer - and received a very encouraging personal response from Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

We were joined by Chloe and her family to talk about how they felt when they received the letter!

Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair will give a speech this morning calling for the British people to have a say on the terms of Brexit. In his first major speech since the referendum, he'll say the public should be able to "change their mind" on Brexit if they don't like the deal being presented to them

  2. A 36-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts, according to police. Counter-terrorism detectives swooped as he arrived at London's Heathrow Airport on Thursday, Scotland Yard said. He is currently being held at a west London police station.

  3. There is a "possibility" that cuts to health and social care could be linked to tens of thousands of "excess deaths", a new research paper suggests. In 2015 there was an "unprecedented" rise in mortality in England and Wales and a possible explanation behind the spike could be the "relentless cuts" to health and social care budgets, according to two articles published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

  4. Screening military personnel when they return from conflict zones fails to reduce mental health disorders or increase the numbers seeking help, a new study suggests. A personalised screening service was no more effective than the standard general mental health advice for the British military, it found. Instead, other approaches to encourage personnel with mental health disorders to seek help will be needed, concludes the study, published in The Lancet.

  5. US President Donald Trump has launched a ferocious attack on the media while defending his record during his first weeks in office. He appeared in a nearly hour-long press conference where he lambasted the media, telling reporters their level of dishonesty was out of control.

Social care crisis: 1.2m older people going without support

We're talking about a serious risk to health - and it's going to get worse

– Dr Marcus Green, speaking on the health and care system

Social care for older people is on the verge of collapse according to a new report by Age UK, with the charity revealing there are now nearly 1.2 million people aged 65 and over who don't receive the care support they need with essential daily living activities such as getting out of bed in the morning, being washed and dressed and even getting fed.

We spoke to Dr Marcus Green, who leads Age UK's programme of social, economic and evaluation research and works to improve public policy and he explained how the health and care system is rapidly straining under pressure.

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Should we reward pregnant mothers who quit smoking?

Should shopping vouchers be offered by the council as a reward for pregnant mothers to quit smoking? Well this is what the Stoke-on-Trent City Council plan to do. They are offering up to £260 worth of vouchers as a way to reduce the number of infant deaths in their city.

Today we were joined by Dr Sarah Jarvis who thinks that this new scheme can potentially save the NHS money: "If you can stop one mum in a thousand not having a premature baby with all the costs that go with that, then of course you're onto a winner".

Watch the full discussion above.

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Young adults turn to the bank of 'mum and dad'

Our salaries haven't gone up, so property is becoming less and less affordable

– Gemma Godfrey

More and more young adults today are turning to the bank of 'mum and dad' for financial assistance, with parents now thought to be Britain's 10th biggest mortgage lender.

With one in four people aged 20-34 still living at home, is this the generation of living with mum and dad? If so, why?

Today we were joined by money expert Gemma Godfrey who believes that the harsh economic environment is halting young people's progress. She explained that the combination of increasing property prices, "salaries not going up" and the rise in the cost of living are all contributing factors.

The Bank of Mum & Dad is on tonight at 7.30pm on ITV.

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Top five headlines you’re waking up to

  1. Home Secretary Amber Rudd will today announce a £40 million blitz on child sexual exploitation. The cash injection aims to bolster the Government's efforts to prevent a repeat of high-profile episodes such as the scandals seen in Rotherham, Rochdale and Oxford. The National Crime Agency will receive an extra £20 million to tackle online child sexual exploitation under the new drive. The measures will see a new Centre of Expertise launched and £2.2 million handed to charities working to protect children at risk of trafficking.

  2. Hundreds of thousands of elderly people are not receiving the help they need to get out of bed, dress or eat, according to a new report. The study from Age UK found a massive drop in the number of people eligible for social care, leaving many to fend for themselves or relying on family and friends. Almost 2.3 million people aged 65 and over have difficulty with at least one activity of daily living, the report said, but 1.2m do not receive the support they need.

  3. Britain's 10th biggest mortgage lender is 'Mum & Dad' and with many of Britain's young adults in the middle of a cash crisis 1 in 4 people aged between 20-34 are still living at home ... is this the generation of living with mum and dad? We'll discuss this in more detail in today's show.

  4. President Donald Trump has criticised intelligence officials and the media over what he called "very, very unfair" treatment of his ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn and for "illegally leaked" information about reported contacts between his campaign advisers and Russian officials.

  5. Should shopping vouchers be offered by the council as a reward for pregnant mothers to quit smoking? The Stoke-on-Trent City Council is offering up to £260 worth of vouchers as a way to reduce the number of infant deaths in their city.

Hate crimes rise after the EU referendum

Record levels of hate crime were reported by three-quarters of police forces in England and Wales in the aftermath of last year's EU referendum, new analysis has shown. In some areas the number of incidents jumped by more than 50%.

Today we were joined by Miqdaad Versi from the Muslim Council of Britain and MP Mary Creagh, who shared their concern over the rising level of hate crime across the country.

Miqdaad told us that people have been experiencing a "greater amount of hatred than they did before" and went on to discuss the negative experiences people in his community have faced.

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