Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.The Change UK/The Independent Group/TIG/#Change/The Remain Alliance launch ahead of the European elections dominated news and the politico twittersphere yesterday. The band of ex-Labour and Tory MPs had hinted that big names were on the list of selected candidates, but many were disappointed by the reveal, which consisted of Rachel Johnson (sister of Boris and Jo), former Newsnight presenter Gavin Esler and prolific tweeter Frances Weetman.The real problem for this ‘#FBPErs Assemble’ project is that, while calling itself ‘the Remain alliance’, it is refusing to cooperate with other anti-Brexit parties. And today, Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party – set to do very well in the Euro elections according to some polling – has snagged new candidate Ann Widdecombe, adored by Conservative members as someone who has opposed abortion and supported the death penalty. No wonder Tory MP demands for Theresa May to quit sharpish are getting louder.The other, more positive development was headed by young climate change activist Greta Thunberg. “Is the microphone really on? Did you hear me? Is my English OK? Because I’m beginning to wonder,” she started her speech in parliament. Afterwards, she met Jeremy Corbyn in a round table discussion that the Prime Minister failed to attend. The Labour leader promised to “support and engage with youth climate actions” and kick start a “Green Industrial Revolution” in government. It seems like a good idea for Corbyn to go on environmental issues at PMQs this afternoon.In more good policy news from Labour, housing spokesman John Healey is announcing an important move today. The party will scrap ‘permitted development rules’, which have allowed developers to turn office and industrial buildings into residential homes without proper planning permission. This has led to ‘rabbit hutch’ flats just a few feet wide – and, incredibly, none of them even have to be affordable. The government says the loophole helps people achieve home ownership, but as Healey rightly says: “To fix the housing crisis, we need more genuinely affordable, high-quality homes”. Not expensive slum housing.Cross-party Brexit talks will continue today, featuring John McDonnell and Philip Hammond. The idea of holding another referendum could come up, as they are both thought to be more supportive of it than their leaders. But a focus on customs union membership and post-Brexit trade deals is more certain. In a piece for LabourList today, Global Justice Now’s Nick Dearden argues it isn’t the EU that presents the biggest threat to Labour’s public ownership plans, but post-Brexit trade deals. It’s an accessible and interesting read. Although Labour members are most vocal about freedom of movement in the current Brexit debate, discussion about the UK-EU future relationship will soon shift to controversial consequences of TTIP-style proposals. The Shadow Chancellor might find such concerns worth raising this afternoon.Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:John Healey /John McDonnell /Jeremy Corbyn /The Independent Group /Change UK /Greta Thunberg /
EnglandAlex Walmsley made his debut in England’s 29-10 win over the Lebanon. The forward had been ruled out of the opener with Australia due to a virus which saw him being placed on a drip. James Roby was rested for the match whilst Jonny Lomax missed out through injury. Mark Percival still waits his introduction to the tournament.WalesMorgan Knowles scored a try in Wales’ disappointing 72-6 loss to Fiji. Regan Grace also played in the defeat that ends Welsh hopes of progression.ScotlandThe Bravehearts still have a chance of progressing in the World Cup, but they will have to beat Samoa this weekend. They suffered a 74-6 loss to New Zealand at the weekend. Luke Douglas appeared in the game and was the Scots’ top tackler.FranceLike Scotland, Theo Fages’ France have a chance of qualifying if they beat England, and Australia defeat the Lebanon this weekend. Even then, points’ difference is more than likely to see them miss out. Fages captained the French in their 52-6 loss to the hosts.IrelandKyle Amor and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook continued their excellent World Cup performances in Ireland’s narrow 14-6 loss to PNG. They will have to beat Wales by a significant margin and hope PNG slip up against the winless USA to progress. Even then, points’ difference is likely to keep them out of the quarter finals.
His side reversed an 18-10 deficit with four tries in 15 minutes to win 34-18 and take home the Steve Prescott Cup.“We always knew it would be a tough game and we did really well to lead at half time,” he said. “We were in a tough spot in the second half but to the players’ credit they dug deep, turned it around and came away with a good win.“We are obviously playing well with where we sit and we’re playing for the full 80. We stuck in there and got some opportunities. When we did we were good enough to take them and it was great to watch.“It was a good win in the end.”Jonny Lomax scored a brace in the victory and Holbrook said he was the difference.He continued: “He has been fantastic for the last five or six weeks. He plays well whether he is at six or at one and he did that again tonight.“We’re happy with where we sit, are playing well and we want to keep it that way. But we know there is a long way to go.”
Tommy Makinson and Mark Percival talk about their Dream Team inclusion and look ahead to this Thursday’s Betfred Super League Semi Final with Warrington. Audio Playerhttps://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG4021.jpg” alt=”last_img” />
Today is the DAY! This evening the Saints and Wolves will go to WAR…The attendance for the Betfred Super League clash is heading towards topping the highest attendance between to the two clubs at the Totally Wicked Stadium.The current highest attendance figure stands at 15,523 set back in 2012 and that record is likely to be topped tonight.The Totally Wicked North Stand has limited capacity remaining in most blocks, with the Hattons Solicitors West Stand also very limited.The map below show areas with limited availability and just single seats remaining.PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO DEMAND, PAY ON THE GATE TICKETS ARE NOT GUARANTEED TO BE AVAILABLE. WE ADVISE FANS TO BOOK ONLINE BEFORE THE MATCH TO SECURE YOUR TICKET!Warrington Wolves have also sold over 3,000 tickets to add to what is sure to be an incredible atmosphere!Don’t miss out on this top of the table, highly charged match-up to decide who will stand at the summit of the Betfred Super League table after 10 rounds.Secure your ticket by clicking here or calling into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium (open until 5pm today) or by calling 01744 455052.