Alastair Campbell opens up about his struggles with mental health

Alastair Campbell is among celebs talking publicly about their mental health battles in a series of new films released today to get people talking about the issue. Tony Blair's former spin doctor revealed this morning how at a low point he punched himself in the face to deal with his violent thoughts. Watch his interview above.

The set of films released today are part of 'Heads Together' spearheaded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

If you or someone you know is suffering with mental health issues, these organisations may be able to offer support.

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Britain will face 'divorce payment' as we exit EU

There will be a bill at the end, I think it’s normal. I’ve never had a divorce in my life but everybody knows that when there is a divorce you cannot say to the partner that you are leaving, ‘Well you are paying all the bills in the future’. That never happens in a divorce.

– Guy Verhofstadt - Lead Brexit Negotiator for the European Parliament

This morning we spoke to Lead Brexit Negotiator for the European Parliament Guy Verhofstadt and UK Brexit Secretary MP David Davis about the reaction to yesterday's Article 50 letter.

Davis seemed buoyant and relaxed as he told Ben and Susanna told the tone of the letter was entirely proper and that we would meet our legal obligations in regards an exit bill - but implied he didn't expect it to be anything like £50 billion.

However Verhofstadt was quite clear that a fine was to be expected 'because you can't divorce and walk away without contribution'. In reference to yesterday's letter Guy said security was ‘too important’ to be used as a bargaining chip in trade agreements, and will be dealt with separately.

Full interviews above and below.

Top five headlines you’re waking up to

  1. As the EU reacts to Brexit, the Government is set to publish the Great Repeal Bill White Paper today - setting out its plans for what happens to EU laws after we leave. David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, is due to make a statement to Parliament setting out the Government's plans. The Great Repeal Bill, when it becomes law, will do two things:
    - Scrap the European Communities Act 1972, ending the applicability of EU law in the UK
    - Transfer into UK law all the EU rules and regulations that apply at the time that we leave the EU

  2. A helicopter with five people on board has gone missing over the Irish Sea. A spokesman for the UK Coastguard said it was coordinating a search operation in the Caernarfon Bay area of North Wales.

  3. Home Office minister Amber Rudd will throw down the gauntlet when she meets with Facebook, Google and Twitter later today demanding they support counter-terrorism investigations and remove extremist content. This comes after she asked Facebook to open its encryption of its WhatsApp messaging system to security services, following last week's Westminster attack.

  4. For the first time sentencing guidelines have been drafted for 'revenge porn' offences. Offenders who send explicit pictures to victims' families or set up websites to magnify their targets' humiliation will face the toughest penalties. These form part of the Sentencing Council's new proposals for how people convicted of intimidatory offences and offences involving domestic abuse should be sentenced.

  5. Public Health England has said childhood obesity is an 'urgent problem', as it sets out new guidelines to help the food industry reduce the amount of sugar children consume through everyday foods. It claims that reducing chocolate bar sizes and cutting the level of sugar in many popular products will lead to a 20% reduction in the number of children who are overweight.

What is Article 50 and what happens next?

What is Article 50?

Article 50 is the name of the agreement explaining how a country can leave the EU. Created as part of the Treaty of Lisbon, it was signed by all members of the EU in 2009.

The document states that a country has two years to agree the terms of it's departure from the EU, and that time can only be extended with agreement of all other members.

The terms of the departure must be approved by the majority of member states, which is 72% of markets.

A letter triggering Article 50 was delivered to Donald Tusk, Wednesday 29th March. Read the letter in full.

What happens next?

Rio Ferdinand: 'I never contemplated suicide - but I can understand it now'

Former England footballer Rio Ferdinand lost his wife Rebecca after a short battle with cancer in 2015. She was aged just 34.

Rio opened up to Piers and Susanna about the pain of losing his wife, and how he has helped his three children deal with the tragedy.

Rio urged men to show their feelings and to talk. He also expressed his sympathy for John Frade who was widowed in last week's attack on Westminster.

Watch the full interview above.

Top five headlines you’re waking up to

1. Prime Minister Theresa May has said "now is the time to come together" as she prepares to trigger the start of the UK's formal withdrawal from the EU. The Prime Minister will chair a meeting of the Cabinet as the letter formally invoking the Article 50 withdrawal process is dispatched to Brussels.

  1. The inquests for the victims will open at Westminster's Coroner Court today and Masood's inquest will open at the same court on Thursday. Twelve people are still being treated at hospitals across London. Two men remain in police custody as the investigation by the Met's Counter Terrorism Command into last Wednesday's terrorist attack in Westminster continues.

  2. Schools in England are facing their toughest spending squeeze in two decades, jeopardising standards in the classroom, MPs have warned. The Commons Public Accounts Committee said class sizes would rise and some subjects would be dropped as schools increasingly relied on unqualified staff in a struggle to make ends meet.

  3. Court hearing for One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson, arrested following a scuffle at Los Angeles International Airport. Tomlinson was put under citizen's arrest and charged with simple battery and a misdemeanour for allegedly tackling a paparazzo to the ground and assaulting a female fan.

  4. Former England player, Rio Ferdinand, opens up about the pain of losing his wife Rebecca after a short 10 week battle with breast cancer. He is now bringing up their three children on his own and describes how his life and the lives of their children have changed.

Britain’s new one pound coin gets rolled out today

The new one pound coin becomes available from today - but are we equipped and ready for the change?

We put the new one pound coin to the test against the following:

  • Parking machine
  • Shopping trolley
  • Train ticket machine
  • GMB vending machine

The new one pound coin will be the most secure coin in the world - it's 12 sided so distinctive; it's made of two metals; it has a hologram image; micro lettering; milled edges; hidden security feature.

The old one pound coin will no longer be legal tender from 15th October 2017 - so time is slowly running out to spend your old coins.

Watch the full discussion above.

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