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Government urged to act over mental health cuts

Mental health services are facing "unprecedented demand" despite losing thousands of nurses and beds under the coalition government, the Royal College of Nursing has warned.

Mental health services are facing "unprecedented demand", Dr Carter warned. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Dr Peter Carter, chief executive of the nurses' union, said there are 3,300 fewer posts in mental health nursing and 1,500 fewer beds than there were in 2010.

Speaking to the BBC, Dr Carter urged the government to take action "now" to mitigate the cuts, warning that reduced services were a "false economy" as "admitting people to hospital means they stay in longer and cost more".

Economically it's bad, but also clinically and psychologically it's bad, because people have to wait until they are very ill before they get admitted - that can't be in anyone's interests.

– Dr Peter Carter, chief executive, Royal College of Nursing

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg recently announced a fresh injection of £40 million this year and £80 million next year to improve mental health services.

Lammy: Labour 'culturally adrift' from working people

The Labour party is "culturally adrift" from its traditional core voters, a former minister has warned in the wake of a row over alleged snobbery.

David Lammy (right) with Ed Miliband in 2010. Credit: Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment

London mayoral hopeful David Lammy said politicians from "liberal, professional backgrounds" were finding it hard to identify with ordinary working people.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Lammy said a heavily-criticised tweet by then shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry was merely a symptom of the party's problems.

"The Labour Party feels culturally adrift, not just from large parts of Britain, but from its own traditional working class base," he wrote.

Large parts of the country feel that Labour not only disagrees with them, they think we disapprove of them too.

A sense of mutual disdain between the mainstream parties and working class England is driving voters away from politics, or towards so-called 'anti-politics' parties such as Ukip.

– David Lammy MP, writing in the Mail on Sunday


Coca-Cola criticises 'disappointing' Fifa World Cup report

Coca-Cola have hit out at Fifa over the handling of a controversial report into how the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments were awarded.

Ethics investigator Michael Garcia disagreed with the conclusions reached by German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, whose report exonerated the bids made by Qatar and Russia for the respective tournaments.

Coca-Cola hit out over the World Cup report. Credit: Reuters

The drinks company, which is one of Fifa's longest-standing and biggest sponsors, issued a statement criticising the furore:

Anything that detracts from the mission and ideals of the Fifa World Cup is a concern to us. The current conflicting perspectives regarding the investigation are disappointing. Our expectation is that this will be resolved quickly in a transparent and efficient manner.

– Coca-Cola spokesman

Labour: Government doing too little on existing abuse laws

Labour have welcomed reports that the Government is planning to criminalise emotional abuse.

But Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper claimed the number of domestic violence cases being prosecuted under current laws was falling.

We have called for Theresa May to strengthen the law on domestic violence for some time, so I hope these suggested measures make a difference.

However, the government is still doing too little to enforce the present law, where the proportion of domestic violence cases reaching prosecution or conviction is falling, even though reported cases are going up. under Theresa May domestic violence courts and refuges are closing and specialist domestic violence police officers are being cut.

Unfortunately despite the measures being briefed today, under Theresa May the clock is being turned back on violence against women.

– Theresa May

Government 'set to make emotional abuse a crime'

Using emotional control over someone will become a criminal offence. Credit: Tim Goode/EMPICS Entertainment

Ministers are expected to make emotional abuse a criminal offence punishable with a lengthy jail term, according to reports.

The proposals said to be prepared by Home Secretary Theresa May would mean people who use "coercive control" will face possible prosecution.

Those found guilty could face a maximum sentence of 14 years.

Campaigners have long called for the change, which they hope will see victims of domestic abuse to come forward earlier.


One dead after magnitude 5.9 earthquake in China

At least one person has died after a strong earthquake struck a lightly populated, mountainous area of western China, officials said.

The US Geological Survey said the 5.9-magnitude quake had a depth of nine miles. It struck in the late afternoon on Saturday about 20 miles from the town of Kangding in Sichuan province. China's seismological agency gave the magnitude as 6.3.

A woman in her 70s died after being struck by a falling window pane, state media reported.

Report into Lee Rigby killers to be released

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of of Michael Adebowale and Michael Adebolajo as they were found guilty of the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby. Credit: Elizabeth Cook/PA Archive

The extent of the security and intelligence agencies' prior knowledge of soldier Lee Rigby's murderers will be revealed this week as a long-awaited report from a parliamentary watchdog is finally published.

Michael Adebolajo and his younger accomplice Michael Adebowale slaughtered Fusilier Rigby in broad daylight in May last year.

It quickly emerged in the wake of the killing that secret services were aware of both Adebolajo, then 29, and Adebowale, then 22, but questions remain over whether they could have been more closely monitored.

An investigation by the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), which has been subject to much debate over its bite, has now concluded and a report, described by Whitehall officials as "very substantial", will be released on Tuesday.

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