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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The petition was started by Doug Maw, who's been a vegan for 20 years who wants the new £5 notes to be withdrawn because they contain small amounts of tallow.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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Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy: 'We teamed up because we're broke'

They were part of Westlife and Boyzone back in the day and surprised everyone when they came together as 'Boyzlife' and Brian Mc Fadden and Keith Duffy joined us today.

The kind-hearted pair have pledged some minutes for the 1 Million Minutes campaign and also spoke about their upcoming tour dates.

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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.

I'm A Celeb's Joel Dommett on his mystery woman: 'I'm looking forward to seeing her'

He's emerged as the heart-throb of this year's I'm A Celeb, but Joel Dommett has revealed his heart belongs to a mystery lady.

Joining GMB live from Australia after coming second on the show, Joel admitted he was looking forward to seeing his new lady when he gets back to the UK.

Cue the sound of hearts breaking all over the country...

Joel has a lot of new female fans...

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