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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."

Avalanche warning over the alps

Across the Alps there has been a heavy amount of snow over the past few days - enough to see the avalanche warning rise to five out of five.

In the last week we've had a month's worth of snow - in fact, more snow has fallen so far than all of last years ski season.

Closer to home, we'll have largely dry weather with some patches of rain towards the end of the weekend. Mild, but windy conditions.

Should we be stockpiling for Brexit?

With United Kingdom's exit from the European Union only 77 days away, the threat of food shortages has many beginning their stockpiling missions in order to ensure they have enough perishables to get through should the worst happen.

Some of the UK's biggest companies, such as Jaguar, Marks and Spencer and Tescos have begun stockpiling to reduce the risk of shortages. Whilst Jaguar has stockpiled car parts to keep them running for a few extra days, Marks and Spencers and Tesco have been collecting tinned food to be able to supply non-perishable products.

The UK imports over half of their fresh food and over 90 per cent of their fruit and vegetables. It is believed to be highly likely the cost of fruit and vegetables will increase in the aftermath of Brexit. With the leave deadline becoming ever closer, many have been worried about the impact on imports across the border.

Deal hunter Tom Church has claimed that he had already begun stockpiling items such as rice and pasta in case of a hold up at the border, however, Brexit supporter India Willoughby has argued it's simply fear-mongering, and the UK will operate business as usual after March 29th.

Watch the debate above for more.

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.