UK ‘won’t recognise’ Catalan independence

  • Image copyright – Getty Images – – – – – Image caption – – Theresa May and Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy in 2016 – – – – The UK will not recognise the Catalan parliament’s declaration of independence, Downing Street says.Theresa May’s official spokesman said the declaration was based on…
  • “Catalan MPs backed the independence motion 70-10 in a ballot boycotted by the opposition.Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had told senators direct rule was needed to return “law, democracy and stability” to Catalonia.Calls for dialogue ‘refused’Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said: “We understand and…
  • “Ms Hyslop added that direct rule was not a solution and that Spain’s decision to impose it “should be of concern to democrats everywhere”.
  • She called on the EU to resolve the crisis peacefully and democratically.Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said the dispute had been turned into a “binary choice” between independence and direct rule.
  • Image copyright – Getty Images – – – – – Image caption – – Boris Johnson spoke to reporters in Lisbon – – – – UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson earlier offered his support to the Spanish PM.After a meeting with Portugal’s foreign minister in Lisbon, he said: “We don’t…

Downing Street says the Catalan parliament’s declaration was based on a vote declared illegal.
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Gord Downie, Singer Of The Tragically Hip, Dies At 53 : The Two-Way : NPR

  • Gord Downie, Singer Of The Tragically Hip, Dies At 53 – – Updated at 11:10 a.m. ET – – Gord Downie, singer of The Tragically Hip, died of complications from brain cancer Tuesday night at the age of 53.
  • The Tragically Hip — Downie, bassist Gord Sinclair, guitarist Rob Baker and drummer Johnny Fay — was formed in a high school in the Canadian province of Ontario in 1984.
  • In a statement on the news of Downie’s passing, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau writes that the singer “painted landscapes with his words, elevating Canadian geography, historical figures, and myths.
  • Damian Abraham, singer of the Canadian hardcore band F***** Up, wrote for Vice that The Tragically Hip’s “songs are stitched into the collective subconscious of this country in a way that can only come from being played constantly on radio, television, and during breaks of play at sports events,” and…
  • Shortly afterward, Downie also announced he would be joining The Tragically Hip for what would be its final tour, culminating in a performance in the band’s birthplace of Kingston, Ontario.

The man who helmed one of Canada’s most-beloved bands for more than 30 years died Tuesday night of complications from brain cancer, according to his family.
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Theresa May admits UK mental health services are ‘patchy’

  • Theresa May says the UK’s mental health services are “patchy” and has told Newsbeat she’s going to review them.
  • “The National Citizens Service will build in mental health awareness,” the prime minister explained.
  • “I saw some of the first sets of training that we’re doing for teachers and staff in schools so they can better identify when young people have mental health problems and to know what is the right support to give to those young people.”
  • We’ve increased the number of mental health beds for young people and we’re putting record amounts of funding into mental health in the national health service.
  • “That’s why one of the things I’ve been doing is actually looking at the community mental health services for young people and reviewing that across the country because it is patchy.

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Theresa May admits UK mental health services are ‘patchy’

  • Theresa May says the UK’s mental health services are “patchy” and has told Newsbeat she’s going to review them.
  • “The National Citizens Service will build in mental health awareness,” the prime minister explained.
  • “I saw some of the first sets of training that we’re doing for teachers and staff in schools so they can better identify when young people have mental health problems and to know what is the right support to give to those young people.”
  • We’ve increased the number of mental health beds for young people and we’re putting record amounts of funding into mental health in the national health service.
  • “That’s why one of the things I’ve been doing is actually looking at the community mental health services for young people and reviewing that across the country because it is patchy.

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Mental health crisis services in England ‘under pressure’

  • Out of 39 mental health trusts that provided figures for their crisis teams, 27 had seen their workload increase – 70%.
  • NHS England said an extra £400m would be spent on crisis resolution teams.BBC Radio 5 live contacted all 54 mental health trusts who run crisis teams in England.One of them, East London NHS Foundation Trust, revealed its crisis team had seen referrals increase from 7,057 to 11,368 last year, a 60% rise in demand.
  • ‘She died in the road’Camillo Parra-Braun’s wife, Mariana, died by suicide at the age of 32 in October last year.Mr Parra-Braun had contacted the City and Hackney mental health home-visit team twice that day because of concerns about his wife’s deteriorating mental health.
  • ‘Not enough money’In 2014, a report for NHS England acknowledged the system was “stacked against” mental health.
  • “An NHS England representative said: “NHS investment in mental health services is rising faster than for other services and this includes an additional £400m invested in crisis-resolution home-treatment teams from this year so that all areas are able to offer 24/7 emergency care to those who need it.

A rise in referrals without comparable extra funding is affecting vulnerable people, research finds.
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Mental health crisis services in England ‘under pressure’

  • Out of 39 mental health trusts that provided figures for their crisis teams, 27 had seen their workload increase – 70%.
  • NHS England said an extra £400m would be spent on crisis resolution teams.BBC Radio 5 live contacted all 54 mental health trusts who run crisis teams in England.One of them, East London NHS Foundation Trust, revealed its crisis team had seen referrals increase from 7,057 to 11,368 last year, a 60% rise in demand.
  • ‘She died in the road’Camillo Parra-Braun’s wife, Mariana, died by suicide at the age of 32 in October last year.Mr Parra-Braun had contacted the City and Hackney mental health home-visit team twice that day because of concerns about his wife’s deteriorating mental health.
  • A statement from East London NHS Foundation Trust said they extended their condolences to the family and friends of Mariana Pinto, adding: “The care provided for Ms Pinto was reviewed by an independent expert appointed by the coroner, who agreed that staff that could not have detained her under the Mental Health Act.
  • “An NHS England representative said: “NHS investment in mental health services is rising faster than for other services and this includes an additional £400m invested in crisis-resolution home-treatment teams from this year so that all areas are able to offer 24/7 emergency care to those who need it.

A rise in referrals without comparable extra funding is affecting vulnerable people, research finds.
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Theresa May accused of lying about Labour policy on BBC’s Question Time

  • Theresa May has been accused of lying about Diane Abbott’s position on the DNA database, during the BBC Question Time Leader’s Special.
  • “And I made sure we kept the records of criminals and terrorists on the DNA database whereas Diane Abbott actually wants to wipe them clean.
  • The Conservative Party press office responded to Ms Abbott by posting a quote from something she had said about the matter in 2010: “We shouldn’t even have guilty people’s DNA on the database indefinitely”

    However, during the BBC’s Andrew Marr show over a week earlier, Ms Abbott clarified the statement, which is over seven years old.

  • Ms Abbott also told The Guardian in 2009, that regulations around the DNA database should be changed so that innocent people are not on there.
  • On the Prime Minister’s comments, Ms Abbott told The Independent: “It is unethical for hundreds of thousands of innocent people to have their DNA indefinitely held on what is essentially a government database of potential suspects.

Theresa May has been accused of lying about Diane Abbott’s position on the DNA database, during the BBC Question Time Leader’s Special. The Prime Minister’s first question of the evening saw her asked her why she should be trusted, given her “track record of broken promises and backtracking”. Mrs May responded with a speech about her contributions to British law enforcement, before making a comment about the Labour Shadow Home Secretary.
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