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The petition was started by Doug Maw, who's been a vegan for 20 years who wants the new £5 notes to be withdrawn because they contain small amounts of tallow.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

Rail shake-up

  1. Network Rail is to be stripped of its complete control of England's railway tracks under Government plans being announced today. Ministers want the publicly. Ministers want the publicly owned company to share its responsibility with private train operators. A new railway line linking Oxford and Cambridge will be fully privatised - with the track and trains operated by the same company. Network Rail will not be involved.

  2. Port Talbot steelworks rescue plan set for Wednesday. A plan to secure more than four thousand jobs at the plant is expected to be put to workers tomorrow morning. A deal has reportedly been reached between union bosses and Tata Steel, which had previously earmarked the plant for closure.

  3. Children educated at northern secondary schools lag behind their southern counterparts, according to a report from the Children's Commissioner for England. It found a gap opens up by the time pupils reach 16. 34 per cent of students from low-income families in the north achieve at least five A star to C grades at GCSE. That compares to 48 per cent of pupils in London.

  4. Theresa May has arrived in Bahrain for a two-day trade visit to the Gulf states. The Government says 30 billion pounds worth of opportunities for British businesses have been identified in the region over the next five years. The Prime Minister is the first woman - and only the third Western leader ever - to be invited to the Gulf Co-operation Council summit.

  5. A massive sinkhole has opened up in a road in Texas - swallowing two vehicles. An off-duty sheriff's deputy was killed in the 20 foot deep hole in San Antonio, which stretched across the width of the road.

Actress Roxanne Pallett spends 24 hours in isolation for 1 Million Minutes campaign

As part of our 1 Million Minutes campaign, former Emmerdale actress Roxanne Pallett spent 24 hours in total isolation, in order to experience what it's like for some elderly people in the UK who speak to nobody from one end of the day to the next.

The actress was moved to tears during the day spent alone, with just the TV for company.

You can pledge your time in support of our 1 Million Minutes campaign here

New UKIP leader Paul Nuttall: 'You don't need members of parliament to influence'

You don't have to have members of parliament to influence things

– Nuttall is not worried that UKIP only has one MP

We were joined this morning by new UKIP leader Paul Nuttall who stressed that post-Brexit leaves the party with "great opportunities".

Speaking at the start of today's Supreme Court hearing regarding Article 50, he added: "Just because you have backsides on the green leather doesn't mean influence.

"The British people spoke on June 23rd. It was made perfectly clear during the referendum that if you were voting to leave, you were voting to take back control."

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Jamie Vardy on football sex abuse: 'It's sickening'

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has branded sex abuse against young footballers "sickening".

Speaking to Piers Morgan in a GMB exclusive, Jamie also blasted darts champion Eric Bristow for the comments he made about sufferers being "wimps", adding "it's beyond a joke".

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The top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. The Government's Supreme Court appeal against the High Court rulingthat MPs must have a say before the Brexit starting gun is fired is set to begin today. Last month, three judges unanimously ruled that Theresa May cannot invoke the European Union's Article 50 clause to start the UK's withdrawal without seeking parliamentary approval.

  2. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has said he intends to resign after being defeated in a referendum on constitutional reform. Exit polls suggested he had suffered a heavy defeat, having staked his career on winning the referendum. Mr Renzi said the "no" camp won "extraordinarily clearly" and that he took "full responsibility" for the defeat.

  3. Donald Trump has accused China of currency manipulation and criticised its operations in the South China Sea. In two tweets, the president-elect asked whether China had asked the US "if it was OK to devalue their currency" or "to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea?" "I don't think so!" Mr Trump tweeted.

  4. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has announced he is resigning after more than eight years as leader. In the unexpected announcement on Monday, Mr Key said it was the "right time" to leave politics, citing family reasons for his departure. He said he had no immediate future plans, but told reporters he would stay in parliament long enough to avoid a by-election for his seat.

  5. Scarlett Moffatt has been crowned Queen of the Jungle in this year's I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! The Gogglebox star was up against Joel Dommett and Adam Thomas in the final three in Saturday's show. With the fewest votes, Adam left in third place, before voting reopened - and Scarlett looked stunned when hosts Ant and Dec announced she would be handed the crown. It makes her the show's 16th winner, and the sixth Queen of the Jungle.