News Jonny Benjamin (left) and Neil Laybourn meet after Mr Benjamin launched a campaign to find the stranger who stopped him from taking his life in 2008.

Now a mental health campaigner, Jonny Benjamin wanted to find the stranger so he could thank him

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AS EVER,women's health is being undervalued ("Midwives: an endangered species?", 1 August). Midwives, responsible for bringing new life into the world, are paid pounds 15,000 a year to be on call 24 hours a day for a physically and emotionally demanding job. As a result, the profession is in crisis. I saw my first midwife at the Royal Free twice before she left to have her own baby. The second one (once I had moved to Lambeth) I saw three times before she quit and moved home to Edinburgh to look for different work. A fortnight ago there was a stand-in at the Lambeth Walk surgery, taken off the ward at St Thomas's Hospital. This week I have seen a freelance midwife (better-paid) who is leaving the profession to train as a solicitor, where her starting salary as a trainee will be the same as her present one after five years working for the NHS.

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Letter: Race and adoption

Sir: It is not true to say that those of us who advocated same- race adoption placements believed that all that was needed was a black skin, or that we thought, "What's love got to do with it?" ("Secrets, lies and the burning need to discuss adoption", 28 January).

Lambeth launches abuse inquiry

AN URGENT inquiry is being launched today to examine alarming and wide-ranging allegations of child abuse in care homes in south London. The inquiry is being carried out by Lambeth Borough Council and will focus at first on the revelation that a young boy was raped at one of the borough's care homes by a residential worker who later died of an Aids-related illness.

Letter: Education in the real world of Lambeth borough

DOES AMANDA LIPMAN live in the "real" world ("Is private education really better or is it just an expensive con?", Real Life, 1 November)? I hugely resent the thought of having to pay for my daughter's education, but living in the London borough of Lambeth there is little choice. The profusion of private schools has inevitably creamed off the brightest children and much as I would prefer an egalitarian system, I am certainly not going to try to set some righteous example by gambling with my offspring's education. Sadly, in London at least, virtually the only way to ensure a small, well-behaved, academically motivated class is to pay for it.

Labour urged to 'smear' Lib Dems

LABOUR ACTIVISTS facing pressure from the Liberal Democrats should "find one flaw and smear them all", according to a leaked party document.

Scissors save girl in rape

A WOMAN grabbed a pair of scissors and fought off a man who had raped her when she feared he was about to rape her 10-year-old daughter.

Stopped 60 times, never arrested

The police are eight times more likely to stop a black man than a white. Just ask Oluwa. By Sebastian Naidoo

Letter: Religious truths

Sir: I can well understand why Clare Garner described the Lambeth bishops' resolution on sexuality as "hardline". But its wording appears, within its own terms, positive.

Places: Fujiyama

THE FIRST great thing about Fujiyama is that it's five minutes walk from Brixton tube. The second is that the food is superb. This unpretentious Japanese noodle restaurant, round the corner from local mecca, Dog Star, offers two large sitting areas plus a sit-on-the-floor section, set against a simple warm red interior. Expect laidback, friendly service with superb traditional dishes (ramen, miso, bento etc.) and reasonable prices (pounds 5.50 for most mains). Oh, and don't be surprised if the local "town crier" trots in wearing full garb, ringing his bell and chatting to unsuspecting diners. This is Brixton, after all.
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