Month: July 2019

Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May met in parliament to

Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May met in parliament to

first_imgJeremy Corbyn and Theresa May met in parliament to discuss Brexit for an hour this evening, as the government confirmed that the withdrawal agreement bill would be brought forward in June.Following the meeting, a Downing Street spokesman said: “We will… be bringing forward the withdrawal agreement bill in the week beginning the 3rd June. It is imperative we do so then if the UK is to leave the EU before the summer parliamentary recess.“Talks this evening between the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition were both useful and constructive. Tomorrow talks will continue at an official level as we seek the stable majority in parliament that will ensure the safe passage of the withdrawal agreement bill and the UK’s swift exit from the EU.”Shortly afterwards, a Labour spokesperson commented: “The Labour leader set out the shadow cabinet’s concerns about the Prime Minister’s ability to deliver on any compromise agreement.“In particular he raised doubts over the credibility of government commitments, following statements by Conservative MPs and cabinet ministers seeking to replace the Prime Minister.“Jeremy Corbyn made clear the need for further movement from the government, including on entrenchment of any commitments. The Prime Minister’s team agreed to bring back documentation and further proposals tomorrow.”The Prime Minister was issued a further reminder of Tory opposition to a permanent customs union today, when senior Conservative MPs wrote a letter setting out their objections to such a deal, while Corbyn has also come under pressure from his own side to end the cross-party Brexit talks.Although the two main leaders are themselves not far apart on Brexit, parliamentarians from their respective parties are increasingly concerned about the electoral consequences and willing to publicly voice such anxieties.Tories are worried about The Brexit Party led by Nigel Farage, which is currently polling way ahead of every other party in European election voting intentions. The pressure has given a boost to ‘hard’ Brexit views among Conservatives.Meanwhile, many Labour MPs are worried about Remain-supporting voters switching to anti-Brexit parties. Keir Starmer and Tom Watson have estimated that up to 150 Labour MPs would refuse to vote for a Brexit deal that did not have another referendum attached.It is understood that, in the meeting with May tonight, Corbyn rejected any suggestion that Labour would support the withdrawal agreement bill without prior agreement. This might suggest that the Prime Minister would be taking a significant risk by introducing the key legislation.However, the Spectator has reported tonight: “Theresa May’s official spokesman hinted that the chances of passing the EU withdrawal agreement bill without Labour support were increasing.”Alternatively, there is the possibility that Labour could amend the bill to its satisfaction – adding customs union membership, close relationship with the single market, and other details that would allow the deal to meet Corbyn’s five demands on which the ongoing negotiations have been based.Whether this has a chance of success depends on whether enough MPs would be willing to vote for Labour’s Brexit plan without it being subject to another referendum. Such a scenario could see Labour’s ‘customs union etc’ amendment pass, a ‘public vote’ amendment fall and then the whole bill rejected as a result.With cross-party negotiations set to fail, relying on either Conservative or Labour votes in the Commons to get the WAB through is unlikely to produce a positive outcome for the Prime Minister. A Tory leadership race could then take place over the summer.Tags:Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /last_img read more

MIKE Rush once again paid tribute to Saints forwa

MIKE Rush once again paid tribute to Saints forwa

first_imgMIKE Rush once again paid tribute to Saints’ forward line as they secured back to back victories over Leeds and Warrington.Speaking ahead of this week’s Good Friday clash with Wigan he said the success of recent weeks has come because of how well the likes of Josh Perry and Antony Laffranchi are playing.“We can only get on top of teams if our forwards are laying a good platform,” he said. “JP, Boof, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Paul Clough and Shaun Magennis have all aimed up over the last couple weeks. That means the likes of TP and Sia can then get on the edge and get those one on ones with smaller players or get quick play the balls for James Roby. He can only benefit from that if we are playing quickly.“So we will need to continue that this week. The Wigan game is massive and we all know what it means. We have grown up with it and I think my first one was when I was around four or five. I think I’ve only missed two and that was when I was travelling in Australia. It is tradition and a real family occasion.“Of course that brings pressure. When I stepped in with Keiron two weeks ago we knew Wigan was coming and every St Helens person knows what it means to get one over on Wigan and vice versa. We know what is at stake.“We were lucky in hindsight that we played Leeds and Warrington as they gets you up to the level required to take on Wigan and move forward. Perhaps it was lucky we faced Leeds in that first week as motivation comes in playing big games. Some people would have been happy with two points from three games but expectation is now six from six.”Saints expect to have Tony Puletua back in the line-up but will leave it until later in the week before deciding on the fitness of Gary Wheeler.Anthony Laffranchi and Paul Wellens won’t be available due to bans – but that could change as Saints are appealing their Captain’s disciplinary result on Wednesday afternoon.last_img read more

ANOTHER link from the 1956 Challenge Cup winning s

ANOTHER link from the 1956 Challenge Cup winning s

first_imgANOTHER link from the 1956 Challenge Cup winning squad has been severed with the passing of Brian Howard at the age of 83. He had been ill for some time, writes Alex Service.The 1956 success against Halifax at Wembley was the first time the Saints had lifted the gleaming trophy and Brian played his part in this never-to-be-forgotten triumph.Playing left centre that afternoon, Brian’s deft pass on the hour to Frank Carlton enabled the winger to fly away and score the crucial first try of the game that did so much to ensure eventual victory.“I was there as a spectator that day”, recalls former Saint Brian McGinn, “and he was obviously a regular first-teamer then. I was sixteen and signed for the club shortly afterwards. Eventually, of course, I became a team-mate of his in both the A team and the seniors.“He came through with the likes of Walter Delves, Roy Robinson and Josh Gaskell. He was a very good all-round footballer and a nice bloke off the pitch too.”Hard-working, creative and defensively sound all describe Brian Howard’s rugby ability. He also had the requisite pace to score tries as well as create them. It may be a something of a cliché to describe someone as a ‘utility back’, but it is true that Brian, at various times, occupied every position for the club in the three-quarters, mostly as a left centre in his early career at Knowsley Road.Yet later on he became a stand-off, playing in the number six jersey on 57 occasions, with Alex Murphy as his scrum-half. This is where he enjoyed his most successful season, in 1958-59, when he turned out in 40 matches and scored 22 tries. Overall, he played 131 times for his home town club, including 48 tries.Born in 1933, Brian attended Rivington Road School. Rugby-wise, he was a former member of the United Services and the Saints ‘B’ teams in the Junior Leagues and signed professional forms for his home town club on January 22 1952.Brian made his senior debut on the right wing for St. Helens against Salford at Knowsley Road on October 18 1952 [Saints won 14-6] and his last match was against Liverpool City, on April 26 1959, when he was right centre to the great Tom van Vollenhoven in a 41-22 success.Apart from the magnificent Challenge Cup final success in 1956, Brian played in one other final for the club, when Saints lost to Oldham in the Lancashire Cup final of 1958 at Central Park. He also scored one of his team’s tries against the visiting New Zealanders in 1955, when the Kiwis were defeated 16-8.Rugby League is very much in the Howard family’s DNA. His uncle was William Birkett, who played for St. Helens Recs as a three-quarter between the wars and, of course, one of Brian’s two sons, Harvey, created his own niche in the rugby league game as an international and renowned club professional on two continents, with a clubs including Widnes, Wigan and Brisbane Broncos on his resume.Brian moved on to Leigh from 1959-62 and made 79 appearances for the Hilton Park club, scoring 15 tries. A personable guy, Brian was a fine footballer and a member of the Saints’ Players’ Association.We send our condolences to his family on this sad occasion.last_img read more

So the single mission for today was to defend bett

So the single mission for today was to defend bett

first_imgSo the single mission for today was to defend better and the rest would take care of itself.The first ten minutes of the match told the story of the day as the Saints props Jack Ashworth and Liam Cooper ably assisted by Man of the Match Ben Morris, bashed the living daylights out of the same pack as they played last week showing them that they were in for a very different time of it.The first of eleven Saints tries came after four minutes as Calvin Wellington just about got his fingertips to the ball to touch down from Danny Richardson’s last tackle cross kick. The big centre outjumped his opposite number capitalising on great drives from Ashwhorth and the soon to be concussed Jonah Cunningham.Two big defensive sets in the Saints 20 led to a turnover, penalty and try in quick succession. Dom Peyroux poked his nose through on the charge found the supporting Richardson whose sleight of hand allowed Ricky Bailey a straight run to the posts.The Saints were just about keeping up with the clock at this stage and scored the third try just on 20 minutes with Aaron Smith doing what he does best jumping out of dummy half catching lazy markers to scoot over.The game was put to bed as a contest with three more tries in the final 10 minutes of the half. A knock on from the visitors in their own 10 metre area led to a scrum on the left. The ball was whipped along the line to Bailey who committed the winger to give space for Dave Eccleston to go in at the corner.When Cunningham went off in the seventh minute Ben Morris stepped up to prop where he always seems to have a blinder and today was no exception. He was rewarded with the fifth try as he burst through three meters out from Josh Eaves short ball.It was the same Morris who on the stroke of half time tracked back 80 metres to make the final tackle to save a try from an FC break.Sandwiched in between Wellington scored his brace stepping inside then outpacing the full back to the posts after Eaves hand jumped blind from dummy half, quick passes catching the Hull defenders napping.The challenge of such a commanding half of rugby is to back it up when you start again and for the first 20 minutes the Saints did just that scoring three more tries before injuries and positional changes started to catch up on them.Jack Ashworth got good reward for his strong running with two tries in five minutes. The first, from a great no look pass at the line from Richardson, the second a bizarre effort which found him gasping for breath on the wing five metres out.This came after fine last tackle defence in the Saints 10 forced FC to pass to Ben Morris who opened up his long stride over 60 metres. There was precious little defence in front of the tackle but there was precious little attacking support as all the Saints found it difficult to catch up, even over the next four tackles.Jordan Olmez was the next to score bringing up the 50 taking another short pass from Eaves to stroll in.The game got scrappier in the last quarter as the Saints started to unnecessarily force the ball a bit. This led to the visitors first score despite Wellington’s 80 metre track back to stop the initial break.Smith got his brace, again jumping out of dummy half and beating the cover over 30 to the posts before Kev Brown finished the scoring taking Richardson miss pass to stroll into the corner. A controversial penalty for a shoulder charge had led to a barge over try for FC just prior.This was a good reply to last week’s poor display and gave the players just exactly the opportunity they needed to do that.Ashworth and Cooper, coupled with the interchanging Eaves and Smith dominated the Hull middles giving free reign for Richardson to parade his box of tricks ably supported by Bailey, Wellington and Peyroux.But as has been previously said for his strong running and power tackling having moved up to prop very early on Ben Morris deserves the credit.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Calvin Wellington (4 & 34), Ricky Bailey (15), Aaron Smith (21 & 71), David Eccleston (29), Ben Morris (32), Jack Ashworth (43 & 48), Jordan Olmez (8), Kevin Brown (78). Goals: Danny Richardson 10 from 11.Hull FC: Tries: Hakim Miloudi (59), Masimbaashe Matongo (74). Goals: Jack Wray 1 from 2.Half Time: 34-0 Full Time: 64-10Teams:Saints: 1. Ricky Bailey; 5. David Eccleston, 15. Chris Follin, 19. Calvin Wellington, 2. Sean Croston; 6. Josh Eaves, 7. Danny Richardson; 20. Jack Ashworth, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Liam Cooper, 11. Ben Morris, 12. Dominique Peyroux, 13. Jonah Cunningham. Subs: 8. Jordan Olmez, 14. Matty Costello, 16. Owen Smith, 17. Kevin Brown, 18. Cameron Brown.Hull FC: 1. Hakim Miloudi; 2. Mike Adlard, 3. Zeus Silk, 4. Matt Welham, 5. Niall Sidney; **. Bobby Owns, 7. Jack Wray; 8. Ross Osbourne, 9. Josh Wood, 16. Masimbaashe Matongo, 11. Ash Bastiman, 12. Brandon Westerman, 13. Alex Gilbey. Subs: 14. Jez Litten, 15. Billy Warden, **. Jack Sanderson, 17. Rob Branton.last_img read more