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The Duchess of Cornwall backs 1 Million Minutes campaign

Our 1 Million Minutes campaign has been backed by the Duchess of Cornwall, who spoke to Good Morning Britain exclusively about why she’s encouraging everyone to speak to somebody lonely this Christmas.

The Duchess said: “Volunteering is the best thing anybody can do. It doesn’t matter if you’re young, old, everybody's got a little bit of free time which they can give to help other people.”

Join the campaign and make your pledge now

Sam Fox 'puts the record straight' on David Cassidy

I kneed him in the crotch, pushed him off me, had time to get out the loo and it was over

– Sam Fox claims the late David Cassidy abused her

Samantha Fox was one of the most photographed women of the 80s and like the Kim Kardashians of this generation, has never had any qualms about revealing her body - but she's in no rush to claim it's in the name of feminism.

The singer and former Page 3 model joined us this morning to talk about being a woman in showbiz and her new autobiography, which has made headlines due to allegations she's made about late singer and actor David Cassidy.

Baby born with heart outside her body 'came out kicking and screaming'

She literally came out kicking and screaming

– Naomi Findlay

A baby girl born with her heart outside her body is thought to be the first in Britain to survive the condition.

Little Vanellope Hope Wilkins was due to be delivered on Christmas Eve, before the rare condition meant she had to be born prematurely by caesarean section on 22 November at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester. She has since has three operations to have her heart put back in her chest.

Her mother Naomi Findlay joined Wednesday's Good Morning Britain three weeks after the miraculous birth to talk about her relief at her daughter's one in eight million survival.

Watch the full interview above

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Toddler who was born without arms or legs defies the odds by walking

Little Camden Whiddon was born without arms and legs - but his extraordinary determination has meant he is now able to walk and feed himself.

We first met the plucky Dallas youngster in September and he fast became one of our favourite ever guests - and he's since found internet fame when a video showing how little his disabilities have impacted his life went viral.

Is it right to give cash to the homeless?

Is it ever right to give cash to homeless people sleeping rough on the streets? Or does it do more harm than good?

Journalist Matt Broomfield thinks we should give money directly and unconditionally to homeless people, without judging what they do with it. He has volunteered at homelessness charities and soup kitchens for years and says begging is gruelling and dehumanising.

Meanwhile, Lord John Bird, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Big Issue, was homeless and spent time in prison before turning his life around and he believes that giving money directly to beggars does not solve the homelessness crisis.

Let us know what you think on Twitter and Facebook.

Find out how you can help homeless people in your area

Top headlines you're waking up to

  1. A baby born with an extremely rare condition in which the heart grows on the outside of the body has survived, beating odds of eight million to one, in what is believed to be a first in the UK. Vanellope Hope Wilkins was due to be delivered on Christmas Eve before a rare condition meant she had to be born prematurely by caesarean section on November 22 at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.

  2. Rebel Tories are set to inflict a damaging defeat on their own government as they vote on an amendment on getting a meaningful vote on the final exit deal. Led by former attorney general Dominic Grieve, up to 10 Conservative MPs are expected to vote for the amendment - and they only need seven to defeat the Government. Good Morning Britain is joined by two of those rebels this morning.

  3. Democratic candidate Doug Jones has won election to the US Senate in traditionally Republican Alabama. The result deals a huge political blow to president Donald Trump, who threw his support behind Republican candidate Roy Moore in recent weeks.

  4. Loneliness is worse for you than obesity or smoking, according to Esther Rantzen's charity Silverline. Her comments come on the day the chief nursing officer for England Prof Jane Cummings warns that loneliness and isolation at winter can be lethal. Help combat loneliness in the UK by joining our 1 Million Minutes campaign.

  5. Thousands of children are languishing in poorly performing schools that are not improving, despite significant investment and attention, according to Ofsted. While the annual report found that standards were improving overall, it also said that testing is not improving education standards because there is too much focus on results and not enough on learning.