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D-Day for PM's Brexit deal as she faces 'meaningful vote' defeat

After two and half years of negotiating and fighting for her Brexit deal, Theresa May will face the biggest test of her leadership to date.

Tonight, MPs will cast their vote in the House of Commons, which will determine whether Parliament backs or rejects her Brexit deal. The results of this vote could end her tenure as Prime Minister by the end of the week.

May is expected to be defeated tonight, despite delivering a powerful speech yesterday in which she implored MPs to vote for her withdrawal agreement.

It’s estimated she’s garnered the support of around 200 MPs to vote for her deal, however, Tory rebels are estimated to have more than 400 votes on their side - this includes those from the Labour party.

Tory whip resigns ahead of crucial 'meaningful vote'

Government whip Gareth Johnson has quit the government to oppose Theresa May's Brexit deal, ahead of Tuesday's crucial 'meaningful vote'.

Mr Johnson, who backed Leave in the 2016 referendum, wrote in his resignation letter to May: "This agreement prevents us taking back control and instead could leave us perpetually constrained by the European Union."

He said it was now clear that "no significant change" would be made to the agreement, and he had therefore decided "to place my loyalty to my country above my loyalty to the Government".

"We need to rediscover our confidence and belief in our country's ability to stand tall in the world without the European Union overseeing and managing our future."

Is it okay to play-fight with your child?

The post on MumsNet has gone viral after a mother wrote for advice on her father’s play-fights with her son.

“My son is two and my father always plays rough with him, flinging him about onto the sofa, tickling (past the point where my son clearly can't handle it and can barely breathe), holding him upside down and he holds him by his wrists and allows him to climb up his body,” she wrote.

“I feel so powerless and " don't know how to handle this. my dad goes funny if I question anything he does and I have to really tread on eggshells with him.

“My son is starting to think I'm horrible because I'm always ruining their ‘fun’.”

It's sparked debate on whether parents should be play-fighting with their children.

Behavioural specialist Lorrine Marer says too much rough-and-tumble with kids could lead to normalising that sort of behaviour, which they could take to the playground.

However, Al Ferguson from The Dad’s Network argues play-fighting with his kids helps strengthen their bond, and and it’s important to childhood development.

Should only disabled actors play disabled roles in movies?

Disability rights campaigners have slammed the latest film ‘The Upside’ for casting Bryan Cranston to play a quadriplegic character.

They have argued films which star able-bodied actors in disabled roles potentially take roles away from disabled actors.

Cranston has defended his role to Press Association, saying: "If I, as a straight, older person, and I'm wealthy, I'm very fortunate, does that mean I can't play a person who is not wealthy, does that mean I can't play a homosexual?"

Actor Jeni Barnett agrees with Cranston, and says actors are always playing parts they have no association with in real life, and becoming a character with a disability should be no different.

However, Coronation Street’s Melissa Johns argues the entire acting industry needs to shift and start giving disabled actors leading roles in general, rather than just being pigeon-holing them into disabled roles.

Fugitive ‘speedboat killer’ used £100,000 in legal aid to fund appeal for manslaughter conviction

A fugitive who is convicted of manslaughter used £100,000 in legal aid to fund his trial and appeal - all while on the run.

Jack Shepherd went into hiding while he was on trial for the 2015 death of 24-year-old Charlotte Brown, and despite refusing to give himself up to authorities, has won the right to appeal his conviction in December 2018.

It’s sparking public outrage and even a demand from Theresa May to hand himself in to face justice.

Golden 15: Piers Morgan's answer to the 'vegan craze'

Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid are back on Good Morning Britain for 2019!

Joined by Richard Arnold and Charlotte Hawkins on the GMB desk, they discussed trending topics from the past few days:

- Piers rants about veganism and the new Greggs vegan sausage roll.
- Susanna and Good Morning Britain were included in a question on a TV quiz show.

Jaguar Land Rover to cut 5,000 jobs

Up to 5000 jobs are expected to be cut by Jaguar Land Rover as apart of the two and a half billion pound cost-cutting plan.

Majority of the cuts are expected to be in middle management and some of the marketing areas.

The losses are likely to be blamed on concerns over Brexit as well as falling sales in China - and a drop in demand in diesel cars.

Motor Industry expert Professor David Bailey said: "There's a lot of uncertainty affecting the industry, and at a time when they're having to invest in new technologies, in particular, the shift towards hybrid and electric cars."

Watch the latest report above.

'We're both in prison': Richard Ratcliffe didn't want Nazanin to go on hunger strike

Richard Ratcliffe, husband of jailed British-Iranian dual citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, told Good Morning Britain he didn’t want his wife to go on a hunger strike in order to get medical attention.

He admitted he tried to talk her out of the idea multiple times and attempted to postpone the strike, but she became increasingly upset over the lack of medical attention she required.

Mr Ratcliffe recalled conversations with his wife, in which she pointed out his campaigning for her innocence back in the UK wasn’t working as well as they had hoped.

She allegedly told him: “Enough is enough. You need to understand, I’m desperate.”