Five things to know about today’s news in Leeds

No time to read today's paper? We've got you covered
No time to read today's paper? We've got you covered

Don’t have the time to read the news in the morning?

No worries, here’s a review of the key headlines in Leeds today.

1. #SpeakYourMind for YEP’s new campaign

Today the Yorkshire Evening Post launches an important new campaign to encourage people to talk about mental health and help challenge the damaging stereotypical assumptions that still surround the issue. More than 85,000 people over the age of 18 in Leeds have a mental health disorder such as depression or anxiety - and that’s predicted to rise to 100,000 in the next 15 years. It is an issue that affects a combination of young and old across the city, as latest figures also show one in 10 youngsters aged between five and 16 have a mental health disorder, while suicide rates in Leeds among those aged under 65 are higher than nationally. Now the YEP’s campaign #SpeakYourMind - which ties in with world mental health day today - is calling on people to get talking about mental health problems and help tackle the continuing stigma surrounding the issue.

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2. Barnbow lasses get new tribute

They were the secret victims of Leeds’s efforts on the home front during the First World War, and a total of 35 women died in an explosion at the Barnbow munitions factory in Cross Gates in December 1916. At the time, the tragedy was hushed up and kept out of headlines for fear of denting national morale. Most of the buildings at Barnbow were demolished by the mid-1920s but the remains of the factory, which show its near-complete layout, have survived to this day. Now it has been announced that those remains have been added to the national heritage list by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport as a tribute to the victims of the 1916 blast and those who worked alongside them- those affectionately named the Barnbow lasses.

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3. University boss wants EU clarity

The Vice Chancellor of Leeds University has said hundreds of its employees from the European Union needed clarity on their future as he warned it had become more difficult to recruit top academics from Europe since the Brexit result. Sir Alan Langlands said the prospect of Brexit had created uncertainty for EU staff and students and people needed guarantees about their future. Leeds University has around 700 staff and more than 1,200 students from the EU. Around a sixth of its research income comes from EU sources. He said both staff and universities now needed clarity on what EU university staff members’ status would be after the country has left the union.

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4. Ministers rule out foreign worker list

Top government ministers have ruled out forcing companies to publish lists of their foreign workers, as former Tory cabinet member suggested plans to collect the data were “repugnant”. Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon and Education Secretary Justine Greening insisted the information was aimed at improving Government investment in skills training, and said it would never be made public or used for “naming and shaming”. The plans were announced at the Tory party conference by Home Secretary Amber Rudd and have been widely condemned, with Labour calling them “xenophobic”. Business groups rounded on the plans, while David Cameron’s former senior adviser Steve Hilton branded them “divisive, repugnant, and insanely bureaucratic” - a view shared by former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.

Read more in today’s Evening Post

5. MS patient hails ‘amazing’ results of his treatment

A Leeds Multiple Sclerosis patient has seen “amazing” improvements in his condition after undergoing pioneering treatment overseas. Tim Thomson went through a gruelling stem cell transplant in Mexico last month in a bid to stop his MS from progressing. He had previously told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he feared the disease would stop him being able to walk his daughter down the aisle. Following the treatment last month, the dad and grandad said he had experienced almost instant improvements.

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