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Top five headlines you're going home to

  1. Plans for an opt-out organ donation system are being launched by the Government. The current system in England requires people to opt in to allow their organs, including eyes, heart and kidneys, to be made available for use on patients. While 80% of people say they would be willing to donate their organs, only 36% are officially registered, according to the Department for Health.

  2. A woman has died in a massive gas explosion at a house in Leicestershire, which destroyed two properties and parts of neighbouring homes. Pensioner Janet Jasper died after being taken to hospital following the blast, which caused rubble to collapse onto her in bed as her husband made her a cup of tea downstairs. Her husband was injured but has since been discharged from hospital.

  3. The rate of Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation unexpectedly rose to 3.1% in November, from 3% in October, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. It is the highest the rate has been in nearly six years, when it reached above 3% in March 2012.

  4. A number of Irish-based Ryanair pilots are to take pre-Christmas strike action following a dispute over winning independent representation for pilots in the company. The one-day industrial action will take place on Wednesday December 20 and will mostly involve captains. Trade union Impact said it would either disrupt flights or generate substantial costs for the airline.

  5. A woman has been jailed after her dog escaped into a playground and attacked 12 children. Claire Neal, 39, left her brown and white Staffordshire bull terrier in her front yard, where it was able to escape into the road in Blyth, Northumberland.
    The dog, named Marley, was already subject to a destruction order as it had attacked children on two previous occasions.

The man offering to pay $10,000 to find his soulmate

Joe Cohen is so keen to find his ideal woman he's willing to pay $10,000 to anyone who introduces him to her - but it will be no easy task, what with the extensive list of criteria he's set.

Joe says his perfect match needs to be intelligent, attractive, aged 20-30, under 5'9, kind, honest and calm ... the list goes on! But does such a perfect person really exist?

Remembering Keith Chegwin

He was generous - generous with his time, with his energy and with his wonderful warmth and embracing life

– Timmy Mallet

The entertainment world has been paying tribute to TV presenter Keith Chegwin who sadly died at the age of 60 yesterday.

He had a career spanning five decades, first becoming well-known for the children’s game show Cheggers Plays Pop in the mid-seventies.

Many of you will fondly remember him for surprising people on the doorstep for GMTV and making us all smile.

Will James Blunt play at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding?

James Blunt has busked with Bear Grylls, is friends with the royals, served in the army with Prince Harry and this morning joined us in the Good Morning Britain studio.

The singer-songwriter joined Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid for a rare chat before Christmas to promote his fifth album The Afterlove.

Piers was so excited for James’ arrival that he sung, or at least tried to sing, his biggest hit You’re Beautiful all morning - much to the joy of Susanna and the rest of the GMB viewers.

Piers Morgan loses weight loss bet to Lord Sugar

Good Morning Britain’s Piers Morgan has lost his weight loss battle with Lord Sugar.

Two months ago the duo started a weight loss challenge, agreeing that the person who lost the least weight would donate £5,000 to Great Ormond Street Hospital.

And in today’s much-anticipated weigh-in, it was revealed The Apprentice’s Lord Sugar had lost a whopping 19lbs, while Piers had lost 8lbs.

Top five headlines you’re waking up to

  1. Extremely cold temperatures are continuing to affect parts of the country with severe frost, ice and some freezing fog patches. The recent hazardous conditions has seen hundreds of schools close, thousands left without power and several flights delayed. The Met Office warnings for ice has been extended until 11am this morning.

  2. Tributes have come flooding in for the much-loved presenter Keith Chegwin, who died at the age of 60 at his home on Monday morning. His wife and co-star Maggie Philbin, hailed Keith as a “one-off” and other former work colleagues and fans including Ricky Gervais, Chris Evans, Frank Bruno and many more paid their respects to the former TV presenter.

  3. Damian Green will “keep his job” after the investigation into sexual misconduct allegations, according to ITV’s Political Editor Robert Peston’s sources. The First Secretary Damian Green was alleged to have porn on his House of Commons computer and accused of behaving inappropriately with journalist Kate Maltby. Authoritative sources said “Damian won’t have to resign” and confirmation of Mr Green’s stay “is expected on Wednesday”.

  4. Five people have been arrested in connection to a fire in a house in Greater Manchester which lead to the death three children. A woman and three men are being held on suspicion of murder, and a fifth man has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

  5. An ITV News investigation reveals hundreds of 'serious' defects in school buses and even some without MOTs. The shocking investigation found almost one in five school buses had defects, and the number is increasing year on year. Read the full investigation here.