Farage: 'We are going to win seats'

If we fail next year the party will pick someone better than me but do you know what? It ain't gonna happen we are gonna win seats.

– Nigel Farage, UKIP leader

UKIP came one step closer to a Westminster seat last night as party members voted for Nigel Farage to stand as their candidate for South Thanet in Kent.

The party leader was quick to announce that he would stand down if his party failed to win a seat at next year's general election. Speaking on Good Morning Britain he said "ten years is a very long time in politics and ten years ago people did not see the UKIP message as relevant".

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Calls for national inquiry following abuse report

This is not a Rotherham problem, this is a societal problem.

– Peter Saunders, CEO NAPAC

There are calls this morning for a national inquiry, following a damning report into the abuse of hundreds of children in Rotherham.

South Yorkshire's Police and crime Commissioner is facing calls to stand down and the Home Office says it will investigate whether public bodies are doing enough to protect children.

  • In recent years there have been a number of high profile cases involving gangs of men targeting teenage girls
  • The spotlight first fell on Rotherham in 2010, when five men described as 'sexual predators' were found guilty of grooming teenage girls
  • Just two weeks later, nine men in Derby were convicted of sexual offences against a total of 27 victims
  • Then in 2012, nine men were jailed for running a sexual exploitation ring in Rochdale
  • And a year later, seven men in Oxford were found guilty of offences against teenage girls going back to 2004

Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. Demands for a national inquiry in to child abuse with fears that thousands more victims have been denied justice

  2. Nigel Farage says he'll stand down as leader of UKIP if the party fails to win a seat at next year's general election

  3. Supersize schools, more pupils but not enough places - are we heading towards a class size crisis?

  4. The pressure intensifies on Louis van Gaal as Manchester United are humiliated by League One team MK Dons

  5. Rave reviews for Kate Bush as she returns to the stage after 35 years, with Madonna and Lily Allen among the crowd who watched her comeback

Are we a nation of lazy parents?

The more time parents spend speaking to their children face to face the more established a family becomes.

– Reg Bailey, government advisor on children

How many hours a day do you allow your kids to watch TV and use gadgets?

It follows a warning that too many parents are using gadgets to distract their kids rather than spending time together.

Reg Bailey the Government's advisor on children and single mum Anna Wharton join us to discuss.

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Top five headlines you’re waking up to

  1. Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond tops the polls after a fiery independence debate with his rival Alistair Darling

  2. New footage has emerged of Will Pooley, the British nurse with Ebola, describing his passion for helping victims of the deadly virus

  3. Survival rates for five of the most common types of cancer are increasing according to new data from Public Health England

  4. There's been British success at the Emmys - with Sherlock taking three awards - including best actor

  5. Changes to stop and search laws come into effect today, making it harder for police to detain people

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Are children's books diverse enough?

It's really important that books represent that difference so that for children it is normalised, it becomes normal to see people if they're black, they're asian, they're white.

– Celebrity vocal coach and author David Grant

What is your child's favourite book? The Tiger Who Came to Tea? Or Harry Potter? All great books - but with predominantly white characters.

Now the children's laureate Malorie Blackman has called for books to have more diversity, we spoke to celebrity vocal coach and father of four David Grant.

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