Good Morning Britain's Susanna Reid and Ed Balls fight back tears as schoolboy conquers stammer in emotional speech | The Sun

Good Morning Britain's Susanna Reid and Ed Balls fight back tears as schoolboy conquers stammer in emotional speech | The Sun

GOOD Morning Britain hosts Ed Balls and Susanna Reid fought back tears today after watching a schoolboy overcome his stammer to make an emotional speech.

Educating Yorkshire's Musharaf Asghar star found his way into the nation's hearts in 2013 as Channel 4 viewers watched the then secondary school student battle with a severe speech impediment.

Like King George VI, the subject of the Oscar winning film The King's Speech, Mushy used music to help beat his stammer.

After making amazing progress, he delivered a rousing speech in front of his fellow pupils, many of who were reduced to tears.

Fast forward nearly 10 years and Mushy has now graduated from university with a degree in broadcast journalism.

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Balls, who himself has overcome a speech impediment, credited Mushy with helping him go public with his own stammer.

Watching the moving school speech back, Susanna admitted it had them "welling up in the studio" and said she felt like a "proud mum".


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While teary-eyed Ed said: "Oh my gosh, it gets you every time."

Humble motivational speaker Mushy told the hosts: "It's an amazing thing watching it back, but I always wish I had a haircut at the time."

His quip had Ed and Susanna giggling.

He was then reunited with teacher Mr Burton, who was pivotal in helping him work on his speech.

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"Having the support I did was huge," said Mushy. "It was just about embracing who I truly was. I hated the fact I hid away from speaking opportunities. He made me own it and say 'it's OK, we don't need to find a cure it's just about accepting who you truly are'. It changed how I saw who I was as a person."

Mushy and his former teacher shared banter about their dodgy past haircuts before Mr Burton said: "When you get into teaching you want to make a positive difference everyday… I'm incredible proud of the young man he has become."

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