Do children as young as seven need to know about gender diversity?

Today a book aimed at children, parents and teachers called Can I Tell You About Gender Diversity? is published and it's already causing waves, with some criticising the fact it's aimed at children as young as seven.

Written to explain gender transitioning to pupils, many have said the book is too much, too young, with former Shadow Home Secretary Ann Widdicombe even saying: "You can't expect children to say that's not a boy when it obviously is."

We spoke to the book's author, LGBT activist CJ Atkinson. CJ has previously condemned media coverage over the book as misleading, inaccurate and potentially harmful to young people who identify as transgender.

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How old is too old to become a mum?

I know certain things aren't going to be a possibility for me

– Sue Tollefson

Julia Peyton-Jones has been making headlines this week after becoming a mum for the first time at the age of 64 - reigniting the question of how old is too old to have a baby.

We were joined this morning by Sue Tollefson, who gave birth to her daughter Freya at the age of 57.

Although she loves being a mother Sue admitted that she regrets leaving it so late, saying she worries that she won't live long enough to see her daughter graduate, get married and have her own children.

Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. MPs will debate cuts to IVF services in England today after fears that the fertility treatment is increasingly becoming a post code lottery. One in six couples has an issue with infertility but IVF treatment is becoming much harder to get and is often the first service to go.

  2. As the inauguration countdown clock continues to tick, America is preparing for the big switch over for the incoming President. Today Donald Trump attends a national wreath laying ceremony, followed by the pre-inaugural 'Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration'. Meanwhile, it's a busy last day for President Barack Obama with meetings at the White House.

  3. Prime Minister Theresa May is to make a speech at Davos later today. She is expected to talk about wider opportunities with business partners rather than focusing directly on EU. May is also set to meet with Wall Street bosses there tomorrow, just days after confirming that Britain will not hold on to membership of the European Unions single market.

  4. A controversial new book called Can I Tell You About Gender Diversity? has caused outrage after being introduced into some primary schools to explain medical transitioning to children as young as seven. The slim volume has prompted some criticism, with Mail on Sunday columnist Sarah Vine complaining that the target audience is children not even ready to choose their A-levels, let alone challenge their own biology.

  5. And today we speak with Saroo Brierley, who's life has been turned into a film starring Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel. Saroo lost all contact with his family, ended up on the streets of Calcutta and was adopted by an Australian couple before finding his way back to his old town by tracing the labyrinth of railway lines on Google Earth and relying on a picture burnt on his memory of what his home town looked like.

Sir Trevor McDonald's career-defining moment

I was very overawed by going into the Oval Office and the West Wing

– Sir Trevor McDonald

Former ITN news anchor and one of the most famous voices in broadcasting, Sir Trevor Mcdonald joined GMB today to tell us about why he has lent his weight to a scheme that helps kids in schools in deprived areas.

The television legend also gave us his views on Trump, Brexit and what he regards the defining moment of his illustrious career.

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David Davis: Brexit? What on earth could go wrong?

The one thing we can't have happen is for Parliament to reverse the result of the Referendum

– David Davis MP

After Theresa May warned fellow EU nations she would rather walk away from Brexit than accept a "punitive" deal we were joined this morning by Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis MP.

As the Prime Minister gets ready to face questions from MPs over the UK's exit from the EU today we questioned Davis about the process going forward and what it could mean for immigration.

And despite the obstacles and friction surrounding Brexit, he seems very confident about it being a success, asking us: "Why on earth could it go wrong?"

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Should buggies make way for wheelchairs on the bus?

Should a mum with a buggy be made to get off a bus to make room for someone in a wheelchair? This is the question we're debating as the Supreme Court rules today whether the disabled should be legally entitled to priority use of wheelchair spaces.

The case was triggered when wheelchair user Doug Paulley, from Wetherby, West Yorkshire, attempted to board a bus operated by FirstGroup which had a sign saying: ''Please give up this space if needed for a wheelchair user.''

Mr Paulley ended up left at the stop because a woman with a sleeping baby in a pushchair refused to move out of the designated area when asked by the bus driver, saying the buggy would not fold. It's the first time the Supreme Court has considered a discrimination case relating to provision of goods and services.

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Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. President Obama has commuted the 35-year sentence of Chelsea Manning, the soldier jailed for leaking information to Wikileaks. It is expected that the former Army intelligence analyst who leaked thousands of documents to Wikileaks, will now be out in May.

  2. Theresa May has warned fellow EU nations she is ready to walk away from Brexit talks rather than accept a "punitive" deal. In a speech setting out her 12 key objectives for EU withdrawal, Mrs May announced Britain will leave the European single market but will seek a "bold and ambitious" free trade agreement to allow it to continue doing business with its 27 former partners without having to pay "huge sums" into EU budgets.

  3. The Supreme Court will rule on Wednesday on whether disabled travellers are legally entitled to priority use of wheelchair spaces on buses - even when there are babies in buggies on board. The case was triggered when wheelchair user Doug Paulley was left at a stop because a woman with a sleeping baby in a pushchair refused to move out of the designated area when asked by the bus driver, saying the buggy would not fold.

  4. Thousands of people who are helping to bring up their grandchildren could be missing out on valuable credits which would help to build up their pension, research has found. A Freedom of Information request submitted to HMRC by Royal London found only a low number of applications had been made for grandparents' credit.

  5. Donald Trump will become president on Friday with an approval rating of just 40 per cent, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll. This is the lowest of any recent president - and 44 points below that of outgoing President Barack Obama.

Should bosses be tracking their staff's every move?

Bosses are spying on staff using a Big Brother-style tracker to monitor their every move.

The high-tech device records sleep patterns, fitness, productivity and can even analyse emotions.

We spoke to recruitment agency boss Jane Vincent who used the tracking system and saw productivity levels rise and said it enabled her to pay staff correctly.

However, winner of the first series of The Apprentice Tim Campbell MBE disagrees and says it's a bad idea.

What do you think? Let us know on our Twitter or Facebook pages!

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