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Is it ever right to test on dogs?

An experiment using six Labrador dogs for a medical trial on tooth implants in Sweden has prompted global outrage after it was revealed they are due to be killed next month.

As thousands of people, including celebrities like Ricky Gervais and Downton Abbey's Peter Egan, call for the dogs to be saved from their fate, we're asking if it is ever justified to experiment on them?

In 2017, there were 3.79 million procedures completed on living animals in Great Britain – the majority of these procedures involved mice, fish and rats. It is illegal to use an animal if there is an alternative non-animal method available, and the expected benefits accrued from the research must outweigh any potential animal suffering.

Rochelle Humes surprises Mentor of The Year winner Rahul Mehra

Rahul Mehra was crowned the winner of the 2019 Prince's Trust Mentor of The Year Award for his contribution to GAP and their partnership with The Prince’s Trust, which he has been working on for the past three years. Rahul goes the extra mile by seeking to help young people gain employment and is active in his work with the trust - helping to hire young people through their Get Hired events.

Rahul was surprised on Good Morning Britain; he thought was taking part in a studio tour. Rahul was taken to the make-up room where he was surprised by his favourite celebrity Rochelle Humes before being interviewed by Adil Ray and Ranvir Singh on his achievement.

Adil Ray speaks emotionally on the decision to take away Shamima Begum's British citizenship

On a personal note, when Sajid Javid said this, it was the first time I felt, hang on, I might not be British

– Adil Ray on the issue of British citizenship

The Home Secretary seems to have to softened his position on revoking Islamic State bride Shamima Begum’s British citizenship.

Speaking to ITV News' political editor Robert Peston, Sajid Javid said he would never leave anyone stateless. It came after both Bangladesh and the Netherlands said she would not be allowed in.

So should she – and other British brides –be allowed back in?

We debate with Nikita Malik - Director of the Centre on Radicalisation and Terrorism at the Henry Jackson Society - who argues that taking away British citizenship of I.S. brides is abdicating our responsibility. And journalist Dawn Neesom who says Begum shouldn't be allowed to return as she hates us, and hates this country. Plus, presenter Adil Ray emotionally shares his views on British citizenship.

'My abusive girlfriend threatened to kill me'

I was just waiting to die

– Alex Skeel says he doesn't want others to suffer as he did

Alex Skeel was repeatedly hit with weapons including hammers and screwdrivers, had boiling water poured over him and has scars from where he was stabbed with a bread knife.

All of this happened at the hands of his ex-girlfriend Jordan Worth, the mother of his two children, in what a police officer described as the worst case of domestic abuse he had seen.

In April last year, Jordan became became the first female in the UK to be convicted of controlling or coercive behaviour and was jailed for two consecutive seven-year sentences.

For more information and advice for victims of domestic abuse, ManKind Initiative, the charity for victims of male domestic abuse, have a helpline number: 0182 333 4244.

You can also contact Victim Support for free on 0808 168 9111.

Meet the boy with 'no brain' who defied medical expectations

It’s a very emotive subject - some people say you can’t grown a brain, some say his brain was there, all squashed up, so when he’s had his shunt fitted, it’s gone back to where it should be - but if his brain was so squashed up, he should have been so severely mentally disabled

– Noah's dad Rob

Six-year-old Noah Wall has continued to baffle medical experts after being born with spina bifida and just two per cent of his brain.

Despite his parents being told there was little chance of survival, Noah has defied expectations - and even shown signs of brain growth.

Noah's parents Shelly and Rob have devoted themselves to his development, travelling to Australia for treatment at NeuroPhysics Therapy.

It’s this unique treatment that has helped Noah sit up unaided, kneel on all fours and even attempt to stand.

Hunted star Julie Clegg: 'I was sexually assaulted as a young adult'

When I was 17, it was a family friend that sexually assaulted me. It was a serious sexual assault, in fact I almost died. It was at my home address, round about Christmas time. It was someone who was known to the family, completely unexpected

– TV personality and investigator Julie Clegg

Julie Clegg is used to tracking down criminals and being the top investigator in the hit surveillance TV show 'Hunted'.

In her role as ambassador for Embrace CVOC, today she spoke out for the first time about her own experience as a young victim of a horrific and serious crime, in the hope it will encourage others to do the same.

Use the helplines below to find more information and advice for people affected by rape and sexual abuse.

Police chief speaks of her stalker fears

When the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall found herself being emotionally and physically abused by her boyfriend, she kept it to herself for months - now she's urging other victims not to make the same mistake she did.

Alison Hernandez was assaulted then stalked by her ex-partner when she ended their relationship last year. She said her role made her reluctant to report his abusive behaviour: "My job is to protect the vulnerable, so to present myself as vulnerable to the police was a difficult thing to do."

She also spoke of the impact stalking has on victims: "It does affect you - it affects your everyday life and it affects you psychologically, I think that’s the bit that’s really challenging around stalking as it’s really hard to prove that in a court."

Finally, she advised anyone concerned about stalking to keep a diary and speak out: "It’s really important to keep a diary log - I pretty much handed that over to the police, so it meant they could arrest him quite quickly."

Vince Cable admits he’s been in discussion with Labour leavers for six months

I don’t think we are talking about a joint party but an alliance of some kind

– Leader of the Liberal Democrat party Vince Cable

Vince Cable told Good Morning Britain how he has been talking to some of the Labour MPs who quit for six months, adding they would form an alliance but not a formal party.

He said: “Over the last six months we’ve been talking to some of this group. There is a very clear understanding of the way British politics works. They have had to make a statement about the nature of the Labour party and Corbyn’s leadership. We fully understand that. If there is any sense and I’m sure there will be there is a recognition that we have troops on the ground, we have the best part of 200 councillors, we have 1000,000 member, we have an infrastructure.

“I don’t think we are talking about a joint party but an alliance of some kind working in Parliament and outside."