Once again, Jeremy Corbyn rejected Brexit as a debating topic at Prime Minister’s Questions and instead attacked Theresa May on issues of inequality and social mobility. The consistent theme running through both the Labour and Tory local election campaigns is avoidance of Brexit: Corbyn’s party has sought to send the message that ‘austerity isn’t over’, while May’s party has tried to avoid criticism for not delivering Brexit, a strategy summed up as ‘bins, not Brexit’. It is therefore no surprise that the leaders were happy to talk about anything else, particularly as cross-party talks are thought to be making progress, though the subject of cuts naturally benefits Corbyn most.Able to keep the head-to-head discussion within his comfort zone, the Labour leader landed blow after blow as he repeatedly argued: “Under this government, things in this country are getting worse.” As he has done at PMQs before, Corbyn made reference to the Prime Minister’s original commitment to fighting “burning injustices”, which was clearly never pursued under her leadership. He also picked up on the Social Mobility Commission report published yesterday, which warned that inequality remains entrenched in our society “from birth to work”. Throwing numerous damning stats at Theresa May, Corbyn pointed out that social mobility is going backwards, life expectancy is falling for the first time since 1945, infant mortality is rising and up, and a record number of food parcels were given out last year.The Prime Minister’s defence? It was difficult to see that there was one. “The best route out of poverty for people is to be in the workplace,” she replied. A general value statement did nothing to rebut Labour’s concrete claims about very worrying developments caused by ideological austerity. And, as Corbyn was quick to identify, low and frozen wages – as well as dysfunctional government reforms such as Universal Credit – mean many of those receiving food parcels are actually in work. Often poorly paid, insecure employment. This afternoon, the Labour leader was the clear winner – if you can win a debate about the most vulnerable in society losing out on decent standards of living.Tags:PMQs /Theresa May /Austerity /Jeremy Corbyn /Local elections 2019 /
The Labour Party’s suspension of MP Chris Williamson has been lifted following an investigation, PoliticsHome revealed today.Although party staff recommended that the MP for Derby North be referred to the next stage of Labour’s disciplinary process, a three-person panel of the national executive committee decided to lift the suspension and issue a formal warning rather than refer the case to Labour’s national constitutional committee (NCC).Williamson had been suspended over his comments on antisemitism within Labour and the whip was withdrawn in February. At the time, dozens of Labour MPs including deputy leader Tom Watson and other high-profile figures in the movement called for disciplinary action to be taken against him.The demands came after footage emerged of Williamson telling a Momentum event: “The party that has done more to stand up to racism is now being demonised as a racist, bigoted party. I have got to say I think our party’s response has been partly responsible for that because in my opinion… we’ve backed off too much, we have given too much ground, we have been too apologetic.”Reacting to the NEC decision today, Jewish Labour Movement national chair Mike Katz commented: “How dare the Labour Party deny it is institutionally racist against Jews when it decides to take no action against Chris Williamson?“It seems the decision to let him off is because he represents a marginal seat and there might be a snap election. It’s good to know that a party of anti-racists, led by an avowed anti-racist decides its OK to ignore anti-Jewish racism if there’s a vote to be won. This decision stinks and shows the moral terpitude the party finds itself in.”Ruth Smeeth, JLM parliamentary chair, told ITV: “Oh my god, this is disgusting. I am horrified. It says a great deal about how seriously we’re taking anti-Jewish hate.” She added: “I’m really not comfortable being in the same room as Chris Williamson.”According to PoliticsHome‘s report, Labour MP Keith Vaz – who represents BAME Labour on the NEC – argued that Williamson should be let off with a warning because he represents a marginal seat.LabourList understands that the other panel member who voted for Williamson to be readmitted was Huda Elmi, elected as a representative of local parties on the ruling body.According to an NEC source, another panel on antisemitism was supposed to deal with Williamson’s case earlier in the week. The original panel, which it is thought would have produced a different outcome, included Jon Lansman and Claudia Webbe.However, Webbe did not attend, nor give notice of her absence far enough in advance. The panel consisting of Vaz, Elmi and George Howarth MP was therefore tasked with making a decision instead.An NEC source told LabourList: “The recommendation [from party staff] was to refer the decision. If it wasn’t an MP, it would certainly not have happened this way.”LabourList understands that the full NEC disputes panel, which meets in two weeks, has the power to overturn the decision. Political pressure could thus lead to Williamson’s case ultimately being referred to the NCC.As Labour MP Wes Streeting has pointed out in a tweet, the decision as to whether the Labour whip is restored will be taken by Jeremy Corbyn, not the NEC.Tags:Chris Williamson /Antisemitism /
The 72-hour deadline for homeless residents camped out on Division Street between 11th and South Van Ness passed without fanfare on Friday evening, though many had already left the area by then and moved just further south into the Mission District.“They kicked us out of our spot, they took all our shit and told us to move,” said Nato, who declined to give his last name and moved from Division Street on Wednesday after news of the impending crackdown. He and some friends set up tents on the other side of the Best Buy parking lot near Florida and Treat — within eyesight of Division Street — and said the area was quickly growing with tents.“There’s been people here, in the last couple days more and more,” said Otto, one of his companions who also declined to give a last name.The Department of Public Health issued a health warning on Tuesday evening targeted at encampments on Division Street, which grew to more than 200 by some counts as a result of winter rains and sweeps from downtown areas before the Super Bowl. Residents were ordered to leave the area by Friday at 5 p.m. or risk loss of their tents and possible arrest. A similar order was added on Thursday evening for residents of the four-block stretch from 17th to Division bordered by Vermont and San Bruno. Those camped underneath the freeway there have until Sunday at 5 p.m. to leave, meaning most of the areas of Division Street populated by encampments in the last couple months will be tent-free come Monday, if city agencies act on the notices.Some were openly defiant of the orders, however, saying they would stay until the very end.“They gon’ have to beat my ass,” said Ashante Jones, who has been living on Division Street for more than two months. Shuffling between tents with his belongings in tow, Jones lambasted Mayor Ed Lee for the crackdown and vowed to continue upkeep to his block until he was forced to leave. “Do you see my packing up my stuff? I’m just cleaning.”Eddie “Tennessee” Tate said he knew about the notices but would not leave until forced, though he was worried that the police would arrest him and the Department of Public Works would trash his belongings if he stayed much longer.“I don’t want to replace this,” he said, pointing to his plywood shelter with an attached generator. He wouldn’t be able to take all of his belongings into Pier 80, he feared, and said he had only moved to Division Street in the first place when forced from his previous spot at Harrison and Fourth. “They told us to go here before because of the Super Bowl. They told me to move six times in four days.”Eddie Tate sitting in his shelter on Division Street, where he said he’ll wait until the last minute to move. Photo: Joe Rivano Barros / Mission Local.The Department of Public Health said that since notices were posted on Tuesday, 54 people have accepted shelter to Pier 80 — the new 150-bed shelter in the Dogpatch touted by city officials as one solution for those on Division Street. It still has 17 empty beds, the department said, and the Navigation Center — another transitional shelter in the Mission District — has another 15.And though residents had largely cleared out by Friday, leaving blocks once filled with tents almost completely empty, a couple dozen simply shuffled across the Best Buy parking lot and set up camp near a small dog park. Wooden pallets, plastic tarps, foam, sandbags, and other materials left behind by previous occupants on Division Street were scavenged by those living around the corner on Friday night.Left-overs on the block in front of Best Buy near Division and Harrison, which was filled with tents just days ago. Photo: Joe Rivano Barros / Mission Local.Deeno, who moved from Division to Florida and Treat two and a half weeks earlier, marshaled a pick-up of the leftovers with two volunteers from his encampment. He and some 10 others have been living on one side of the street for some time, but are joined daily by those escaping the impending sweeps — though they tend to keep separate from the newcomers.“I’m the grandfather of this whole tent city,” he said of his side of the street. He and others collect garbage and leave it in a designated red zone for the Department of Public Works — even separating out the recycling — and have developed a system for urinating in a nearby gutter and bagging all other waste. Division Street, on the other hand, had become unmanageable.“The numbers were too much,” he said. “I moved off Division because one night I woke up and there were too many people near my tent.”Though he has managed to keep his area clean for the last few weeks and has developed a rapport with Public Works staff, he said he worries that the crackdown on Division will lead to action against his encampment as well and a push to another area of the city.“But the thing of it is, we can only stay in a place for a minute at a time anyways,” he said. Tags: homeless Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%
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THE next phase of U14s and U15’s Service Area training is underway.The sessions are taking place at Portico Vine on a Tuesday evenings and are going really well according to St Helens Service Area co-ordinator Steve Leonard.“I am happy with the way the sessions are going and the attitude of the players,” he said. “You only have to look at the success rate of the last phase in promoting players onto Scholarships and the Regional Development squads to see how the pathway is bearing fruit. It has never been so clearly in evidence as this year.“Again it is not only at these age groups, we have players at all ages progressing onto professional contracts and in representing England in both RFL and BARLA squads.“Again thanks must go to our Community Clubs who have bought into the Pathway and its importance to our game’s strategy.“A special thanks to Portico Vine for hosting these sessions and for really pushing the boat out to make them work. Thanks also to the Coaches from both the Community Clubs and from Saints who themselves are progressing on the Coaching Pathway – they too will be looking at progressing into Scholarship Coaching / Academy Coaching in the coming months and years.”
YOUR 2012 Saints Home Shirt is now in store.Featuring the historic Red Vee, the shirt is perfectly designed for a new era whilst pointing to the Club’s historic past.Main Shirt sponsors Ty-phoo Tea have been joined by ODs Designer Clothing on the collar as well as Knowsley Safari Park and Hunters Land Rover Chester on the sleeves.On its reverse – where you can have your own or your favourite player’s name printed* – are Hattons Solicitors and PSD Vehicle Rental.The shirt is created with a cut and sew construction and made from ‘Vector’ polyester material. The predominantly white body has red panelling down the sides, a red collar, and red piping around the sleeves.And the sewn on shield logo has been updated to reflect our return home to St Helens.Shirt Prices start at:£29.99 for Toddlers (Size 0-4) – saving £3 on 2010 price.£32.99 for Children (Size 8-16) £44.99 for Adults (XS -6XL) and Ladies (8-18).You can buy at the Saints Superstore in the Brownlow Arcade, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on to www.saintssuperstore.com*Please ensure you buy the correct sized shirt as once it is printed it cannot be exchanged. The shirt is sized to be close fitting and slightly shorter so please ensure you order larger sizes if you prefer a looser fit.Your Statutory Rights are not affected.Ladies Kit:
ST HELENS GIVE BACKING AND SUPPORT TO NEW LEAGUE STRUCTUREST.HELENS have stated their strong conviction that the newly agreed league structure, to be adopted in 2015, will benefit supporters, players, clubs and the wider game alike and will lead to a new era of sporting excitement and financial stability and prosperity for the game at all levels.St.Helens Chairman, Eamonn McManus stated:We have been wholly supportive of this new system from its formal tabling some months ago, which followed a year of analysis and detailed discussion. Supporters, Super League clubs and the wider game should all benefit significantly and in equal measure.Over the last decade, I have been openly sceptical of some of the major commercial and strategic decisions adopted by Super League and endorsed by its clubs. There is no doubt that expansion to 14 clubs and the adoption of the Licensing system with expanded playoffs produced a season where the league has become somewhat of a protracted precursor only to the playoffs.Every game every week must be of high quality, important and competitive: the current system is capable of improvement on all of those fronts. Under the new system, the reduction to 12 teams and the splitting of the league season into two phases, culminating in a short and sharp playoffs, will provide interest and excitement for fans of every club every week. The season will be of continuous quality and intensity and will gradually build throughout and into a fantastic climax at Old Trafford.There is no doubt that it will also provide a very strong foundation to the critical strengthening of the clubs’ and the game’s commercial performances and financial positions. It will also provide a compelling attraction to sponsors at every level. This should in turn ultimately be reflected in a materially improved media valuation which will further benefit the clubs and the game. There have been too many financial crises at club levels in recent years. The new system, with its consequent real and significant benefits to all, will produce meaningful financial benefits and ensure stability. We can then approach our future with clarity and with confidence.I certainly do not agree that the new system is too radical and complex. It is a solution tailored to the particular strengths and weaknesses of professional rugby league today. Although new, it is readily understandable and is certainly much more straightforward than the current playoff system which was zealously agreed to by most Super League clubs five years ago.I also believe that the new system of possible promotion and relegation addresses the problems historically encountered by the system of automatic promotion and relegation which was so harmful to clubs when previously adopted: then the promoted club never had the time or resources to prepare adequately to compete in Super League, and the relegated club was more often than not subsequently decimated.In 2015, a possible promoted club from the Championship will have to prove itself, in terms of investment and playing strength, that it is better than an existing Super League club in the season before promotion. By definition it will be ready to compete in Super League if it wins promotion, and vice versa.No system is perfect, but this one produces the most benefits for Super League and its supporters at this point in our history and evolution. We have a year to prepare for it and, if constructively received and professionally launched, I am sure that it will herald an era of improved excitement for spectators and of financial stability for clubs and players, which will be the envy of other sports.It has been clear to me for many months that, under the new Chairmanship of Brian Barwick, the game’s recent problems and issues are being properly identified, addressed and dealt with and that he is adding a real and professional focus and direction to the senior management of both the RFL and of Super League.The RFL have hosted and delivered a magnificent and successful World Cup which made us all proud to be rugby league supporters in this country. This is now being followed promptly by implementing strategic and structural changes which will provide a more exciting and competitive professional league system. In turn, this will be reflected in a better funded and financially stable game which should be self-sustaining at all levels in the long term. Brian and his senior management teams deserve our full support as we move towards a new and exciting era for us all. We all have much to look forward to.
In just over two weeks, on Thursday May 25, we will clash with the Wigan Warriors at the Totally Wicked Stadium.And it is sure to be an epic contest.Saints were smarting after their controversial defeat to the auld enemy on Good Friday – a game that saw big prop Kyle Amor harshly sent off in the early exchanges.But despite that set-back your boys fought hard and showed incredible resilience to produce a good performance.This time the players want to settle that score as well as gain local bragging rights and crucial Betfred Super League points.Wigan Warriors fans are expected to travel in large numbers with free coach travel as part of the RFL’s Thursday night game travel initiative.Tickets start from just £22.50 for adults and £10 for under 16s.Some areas of the ground are already selling fast and you can get your tickets now by logging on to www.saintssuperstore.com, calling 01744 455052 or visiting the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
They join Bradford Bulls Women, Featherstone Rovers Ladies, Castleford Tigers, Leeds Rhinos Women and Wigan Warriors Women in this year’s competition.Each team will play each other twice over 14 rounds of the regular season which will begin on April 8 and end on September 30.The top four teams at this point will then enter into semi-final play-offs, with first place playing fourth and second playing third, before the Women’s Super League Grand Final on Saturday, October 13 at the Manchester Regional Arena, Etihad Campus.Saints head coach Mark Brennan said: “We are expecting a really competitive league this season and a tough opening game against York.“They are a new team this year and we won’t be taking them or any of the other teams lightly. We are looking to challenge ourselves throughout the season to be the best we can.“We are happy how our preparations are going at the minute. We have had some good sessions in and will continue to work hard for each other.”Venues for the fixtures will be announced shortly.Superleague FixturesRoundDateHomeAway115 April 2018St Helens WomenYork City Knights Ladies222 April 2018Bradford Bulls WomenSt Helens Women329 April 2018St Helens WomenFeatherstone Rovers Ladies413 May 2018Wigan Warriors WomenSt Helens Women520 May 2018St Helens WomenLeeds Rhinos Women610 June 2018St Helens WomenBYE717 June 2018Castleford Tigers WomenSt Helens Women824 June 2018York City Knights LadiesSt Helens Women98 July 2018St Helens WomenBradford Bulls Women1012 August 2018Featherstone Rovers LadiesSt Helens Women1119 August 2018St Helens WomenWigan Warriors Women129 September 2018Leeds Rhinos WomenSt Helens Women1316 September 2018BYESt Helens Women1430 September 2018St Helens WomenCastleford Tigers Women
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you know anything about the history of the Cape Fear region, you likely know about the role pirates played in that history.But the truth sometimes isn’t what you see in the movies.- Advertisement – In this week’s edition of Cape Fear History & Mysteries, a local storyteller separates some of the fact from fiction, including the legend of the most infamous pirate of all: Blackbeard.Check out the video above to learn more.Then visit WWAYTV3.com/history-mysteries each Thursday for another installment of “Cape Fear History & Mysteries.”