Mum's Day Off

Does your Mum deserve the day off?

In the run up to Mother’s Day, we want to surprise some of our hard working mums and give you, and them, a day to remember. All you have to do is tell us why they deserve a surprise from us!

If you’d like to treat your Mum, drop us a line to GMB@itv.com with the words MUM’S DAY OFF in the subject header.

Tell us briefly why you think your Mum deserves the day off, and if you can, include a picture of you and her. If successful, you and your Mum will be invited to London for a day of fun and filming on 8th March and a one night stay in a luxury hotel.

You will be featured on Good Morning Britain and you must be 18 or over to apply. Closing date for applicants is 12pm on Friday 3rd March.

Remember, Mum’s the word! If you do want to nominate your Mum, keep it a secret, as we want it to be a super surprise for her!

For participation terms, please visit itv.com/terms.

Top five headlines you’re waking up to

  1. 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%. They show that in the three months ending in September 2016 - three forces each recorded more than 1,000 hate crimes: the Metropolitan Police (3,356), Greater Manchester (1,033) and West Yorkshire (1,013).

  2. The number of people complaining about goods and services has increased by 3 million over the past year costing business around £37 million. The retail sector received the most number of complaints according to a survey by Ombudsman Services but it's the railways that have caused the most anger. Complaints about rail travel soared by 500,000 last year, up by nearly a third with 1 in 5 people saying they expect a bad service. On the show later on we're joined by professional complainer Jasper Griegson who will share some top complainer tips.

  3. Clerics and members of the General Synod will decide whether or not to support a report by the House of Bishops recommending that the Church's opposition to gay marriage should remain unchanged. The report has been criticised by 19 former Bishops from the Church of England in an open letter over the weekend as well as 500 church members and supporters of gay rights who argue that the report marginalises LGBT members.

  4. Footballers who repeatedly head the ball can end up suffering from dementia, new findings have suggested, prompting calls for more research into a long-suspected issue in the sport. A potential cause of dementia thought to arise from blows to the head has, for the first time, been confirmed in a group of retired footballers following a small study. The results provide a platform for a "pressing research question" on whether dementia is more common in footballers than the general population, the authors said.

  5. After a moving debate on the effects of an alcoholic parent on the lives of children two weeks ago, the health minister Nicola Blackwood has promised to sit down with MPs to work out a strategy. Today two leading figures from campaigning to raise awareness of the issue Calum Best and MP Liam Byrne will speak at an annual lecture event in the House of Commons.

Safety concerns after four killed at Tignes ski resort

Concerns are being raised over safety at European ski resorts, after four people were killed in the Tignes Resort this week.

Around 1,000 British tourists are expected to head to the slopes over the half term break.

Richard is in France where the incident took place.

Ruby Wax speaks of her run-in with President Trump after she laughed at his Presidential plans

This man is a narcissist

– Ruby Wax speaks on President Trump

Ruby Wax shows us all how to de-frazzle for good by making simple changes that give us time to breathe, reflect and live in the moment.

Her new book Frazzled contains an easy and practical six-week course to help us all ditch the stress and be more mindful.

She also had some strong words for President Trump having interviewed him for her 'Ruby's American Pie' series in 2000.

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Over £200,000 raised for children of couple who died of cancer

Losing a parent to cancer is devastating - but last week three children from the Wirral were left having to cope with the death of both their mum and dad within just days of each other.

Since then the local community has rallied around the children, raising over £200,000 to keep them in full time education, leaving them overwhelmed by the enormous support and generosity.

Heather Heaton Gallagher is a family friend of the Bennets, and someone who helped set up the fundraising campaign.

The children of Mike and Julie Bennet have shared a photo of the moment their parents said goodbye Photo: Bennet family photo

Charity warns that tumbler test should not be relied upon

It's one of the most common ways for parents to quickly test for meningitis - the tumbler test - but the charity Meningitis Now says that can't be solely relied upon, as it may appear too late.

The warning comes on the anniversary of the death of two-year-old Faye Burdett. Following the family's call to action, more than 800,000 people signed a petition calling for all children to be vaccinated. A year on though, her father says the government hasn't made enough progress.

Dr Sarah Jarvis joined us this morning with advice for parents if they're concerned.

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Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. Cyber attacks on British businesses are becoming more frequent, more severe and more sophisticated. In an exclusive interview with Good Morning Britain the Chancellor Philip Hammond said the UK is under threat 365 days a year. Today the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will officially open the National Cyber Security Centre - a new body set up to protect the UK's online services against increasingly frequent and sophisticated attacks.

  2. Concerns are being raised over the safety of the slopes after four people were killed in an avalanche in France. Around 100,000 British tourists are expected to head to Europe's ski resorts over the half term break.

  3. More than half of disabled people say they have faced bullying or harassment at work. The charity Scope says the jobs market is stacked against disabled people and things need to change.

  4. The meningitis tumbler test should not be replied upon by parents to diagnose the condition, according to a leading charity. Meningitis Now says the rash - which does not fade if a glass is pressed over it - may appear too late. The warning comes as the father of a two-year-old girl who died from meningitis has accused the government of doing "absolutely nothing" to raise awareness of the disease.

  5. Style icons have been recognised at the Elle Style Awards with Blondie's Debbie Harry stealing the show on the red carpet. Emma Watson received the most-wanted ‘Woman of the Year’ accolade.

Exclusive: Tamara Ecclestone defends breastfeeding pictures

My decision to let her wean herself and breastfeed until she no longer wants it is the right choice for me and for her

– Tamara Ecclestone

Billionaire heiress Tamara Ecclestone divided public opinion when she posted a picture on social media, of her breastfeeding her almost three year old daughter.

The photo has reignited the debate over how long mothers should breastfeed.

Tamara says she released the picture to celebrate and normalise breastfeeding.

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