Is it ever okay to use a disabled parking space?

This weekend footballer John Terry sparked outrage as he was pictured parking in a disabled bay. He’s not alone though, with recent pictures showing EastEnders star Danny Dyer doing the same thing. But is it ever okay for non-disabled people to use parking spots for the disabled?

Journalist Shona Sibary admits she uses spaces meant for blue badge holders while TV presenter and actor Mik Scarlet believes such actions are symptomatic of a society that is "very resentful towards disabled people".

Secretly caring for mum

I wanted to take her pain away, I wanted to say 'I'm Phyllis and I'm doing okay', and I'm aways thinking about you as well, but obviously I was torn because of my own family

– Phyllis Whitsell

Phyllis Whitsell was given up as a baby, and adopted at four years old. Qualifying as a nurse and starting a family of her own, Phyllis decided to track her mother down, but what she found truly shocked her. Her mum Bridget was an alcoholic as well as being mentally and physically unstable. But Phyllis felt an obligation and decided to care for her mother in a nurse's capacity, without revealing her true identity.

Phyllis joins us to tell us her story and reveal why she lives with constant regret about not telling her mum who she was, before it was too late.

Phyllis' story is recounted in a new book Finding Tipperary Mary, written by Phyllis and journalist Barbara Fisher, released on 28 November.

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Do we show enough respect for our troops?

I am incensed, because it's so insensitive - discrimination is against the law. This is discrimination, it doesn't matter how you dress it up.

– Simon Weston

RAF Sergeant Mark Prendeville was moved to a quiet area of A&E last week because his uniform might ‘upset people’. That’s the response of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate Kent where Mark was being treated after a training exercise.

Mark’s dad Jim has said he’s absolutely disgusted about his son’s treatment and joins us on the phone. We’re also joined by former RAF navigator Flight Lieutenant John Nichol and Falklands army veteran Simon Weston who are both appalled by the way Sergeant Prendeville was treated.

Mark's dad Jim told us that his son "was really upset by it".

He continued, "I spoke to him last night, he hasn't received any apology about it."

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Adoption phone-in with Denise Robertson

Whether you are adopted or gave a child up for adoption, do you have questions but don't know how to start the search? Are you worried about the impact of reaching out? Perhaps you've recently made contact with a parent or child and want to talk about the impact on your life. Whatever your story we want to hear from you.

Call us this morning on 08000 30 40 44 (calls are free from BT landlines though calls from some mobiles and other networks may charge) or email us on by 11:15 today. You must be 18 or over.

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Kirstie and Sofie Allsopp Stand Up To Cancer

I had to cut out that worry from my life

– Sofie Allsopp

Kirstie Allsopp has been the nation's favourite property guru ever since she first appeared on our TV screens back in 2000 with Location, Location, Location. Kirstie is currently supporting Stand Up To Cancer after being personally affected by the disease - her mother sadly passed away last year after 25 year battle with breast cancer.

Kirstie joins us on the sofa with her sister Sofie, who opted to have a preventative double mastectomy. Kirstie opted not to have the procedure and she'll be telling us why.

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Conscious uncoupling and the was-band

We first heard the term conscious uncoupling last year when Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin used it to announce they were to divorce. The phrase certainly raised a few eyebrows and now a new moniker has emerged - the was-band - as in the former husband. But who came up with these phrases and why?

Today we find out from the relationship therapist who coined them both as part of her guide on how to end your marriage amicably, as we speak to Katherine Woodward Thomas live from Los Angeles.

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