Meet Britain's most inspiring single dad

Ben Carpenter has been called superdad, a saint and a hero, but he likes to be known as just... dad. After spending years struggling to adopt as a single, gay man, Ben became father to his eldest son 10 years ago and since then, has spent thousands of hours caring for his children, who all have specific needs.

Ben says that being a father is the best thing in the world but he also admits that it’s a challenge - especially as a single dad. Today we’re joined in the studio by Ben and his children, to discuss their inspiring and heartwarming story.


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This Morning Live is BACK!

After our hugely successful debut welcomed tens of thousands through the doors earlier this year, we've decided to take the This Morning Live back on the road for 2018. We'll be super-sizing the show you love from the screen to an incredible four-day live event at the NEC in Birmingham.

From Thursday 17 until Sunday 20 May 2018 you can experience an abundance of Fashion & Style, Beauty & Wellbeing, Food & Drink and the newly revamped Home Living, you'll have the opportunity to live and breathe the latest trends, indulge in culinary delights, shop until you drop and even do a bit of celebrity spotting!

Phil, Holly, Eamonn and Ruth are already confirmed to return to the stage, alongside other familiar faces from the This Morning family, so don't miss your chance to indulge in the ultimate day out.

Buy your tickets for This Morning Live here

Ruth and Eamonn presenting on stage at TM Live 2017

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Turning the award winning and iconic This Morning in to an event for the first time was an unprecedented success and we’re really looking forward to returning with the This Morning’s family of presenters to the NEC again next May.

– Emma Gormley, Managing Editor for ITV Daytime

Up to 50% off Sainsbury’s toys, free wills, 40% off La Redoute and free £632 if you’re married!

Up to 50% off Sainsbury’s toys, free wills, 40% off La Redoute and free £632 if you’re married. These are our Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis’ Quick Deals.

Remember, deals can change quickly, even while I’m on the programme. So always double-check the terms and conditions before spending. Plus, while I hope these deals will save you cash, don’t spend if you can’t afford it, don’t need it, or won’t use it.

Should there be tougher sentences for those who assault emergency workers?

Every day 193 NHS workers are assaulted in England and Wales. Today a bill will be debated in Parliament that would toughen sentences for those who assault emergency workers and double maximum sentences for assault from six months to a year.

Nick Ferrari is fronting a campaign called GEMS (Guard our Emergency Medical Services) and says enough is enough. We’re also joined by paramedic Richard Bentley who has been spat at, headbutted and ran at by a man with a knife, all whilst trying to protect the public. Should there be stricter repercussions to help stop this behaviour?

Is it ever okay to smack your child?

The Scottish Government has announced that it is to make smacking your child illegal, and that it will be banned under a new law.

This has led to Child Commissioners calling for the ban to cover the whole of the UK. But, is it ever okay for a parent to smack their child? Mum of four Anna May Magden supports the ban and says smacking your child is as bad as bullying, but Shona Sibery, also a mum of four, says she wouldn’t hesitate to smack her children.

Where do you stand in this debate?

Teenage millionaire: I built my £12m business while I was still at school!

Akshay Ruparelia was just 17 when he started his online business as he was studying for his A-levels. Outraged by the commission fees charged by estate agents, he set up his own company offering a flat fee of £99. On top of all of this, he acts as a carer for his parents, who are both deaf. is now valued at 12 million pounds, and is the 18th biggest estate agent in the UK. Akshay joins us along with his mum Renuka - who not only inspired him to become Britain’s youngest self-made millionaire, but is the reason he's building a workforce of working mums.

The Mate Escape... to the Maldives

Best friends Marie and Jo met eight years ago when they worked together as nurses. Their friendship was strengthened in 2015 when Jo developed a lump along her jawline and had to undergo a huge operation. Surgeons removed a bone in her leg to rebuild her jaw and, with Marie’s help, she had to learn how to walk and eat again.

So with the tough times behind them, we decided that a once in a lifetime trip to the Maldives was just what the doctor ordered!

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Jumeirah Vittaveli

Should men who wolf whistle be fined?

Wolf-whistling is something many women encounter in their day-to-day lives - but is it offensive or complimentary? France are taking a serious stance on the matter; men who wolf-whistle or are aggressively lecherous to women may face fines under a new law being proposed by the French government.

So should the UK follow suit or is this a step too far? Have your say in our poll below.