Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Brexit and antisemitism are still the only talk in Labour town. This week saw Jeremy Corbyn take the next step, as set out in Labour’s conference policy, and support the campaign for a public vote. The move has paused defections to the new Independent Group, but also given rise to complaints on both sides of the argument – from ‘People’s Vote’ MPs, who suspect the leadership may vote for another referendum but not campaign for it, to unhappy Leave seat representatives.The latter group includes John Mann, who writes for LabourList today expressing his strong opposition to the proposal: “For far too long, traditional Labour voters have been ignored by the party. My voters are fed up with being patronised by a London-dominated, metropolitan elite within the Labour Party who seem to think they know best.” He and others are calling on the leadership to offer a free vote on the pro-‘people’s vote’ amendment, which will be tabled at the next meaningful vote before 12th March. The policy was approved by conference and this is therefore unlikely, but it would please quite a few frontbenchers.As for antisemitism, Labour members supportive of Jeremy Corbyn have launched an open letter that apologises to the Jewish community for the party’s handling of antisemitism. Welcomed by Momentum and Wes Streeting, it has now been signed by thousands. But there are still members who vehemently disagree with the suspension of Chris Williamson, and the motion passed by Hackney North Labour last night – which basically reiterates his views – has inflamed the situation again.The next meaningful vote could come as early as next week. The Labour line of thinking now is that the Phil Wilson/Peter Kyle amendment could be redrafted: Labour MPs wouldn’t be whipped to vote for the deal in return for a referendum, but would abstain until the deal had been approved by the public. This would be a “ratification” or “confirmation” referendum. What do you think of the new plan? And how would you vote in such a referendum? Should frontbenchers be free to campaign for their preferred option, as in 1975? Share your views on Labour’s Brexit policy development in our latest survey. Have a great weekend.Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Labour /Antisemitism /Brexit /
SAINTS have announced their 19-man squad for the Bank Holiday Monday Engage Super League away tie at Hull FCWarren Thompson and Nathan Ashe (pictured) are called up from the Under 20s team for the trip to the KC Stadium whilst Kyle Eastmond and Josh Perry return.Paul Wellens, Jonny Lomax and Gary Wheeler all miss out through injury.The squad is:2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 7. Kyle Eastmond, 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. James Graham, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 18. Matty Ashurst, 19. Andrew Dixon, 21. Shaun Magennis, 22. Jamie Foster, 24. Tom Armstrong, 27. Nathan Ashe, 29. Scott Hale, 33. Warren Thompson.Hull FC Head Coach, Richard Agar, will choose from:2. Will Sharp, 3. Richard Whiting, 4. Kirk Yeaman, 5. Tom Briscoe, 6. Richard Horne, 8. Mark O’Meley, 9. Danny Houghton, 11. Joe Westerman, 12. Danny Tickle, 13. Craig Fitzgibbon, 14. Danny Washbrook, 15. Epalahame Lauaki, 16. Willie Manu, 17. Ewan Dowes, 19. Jordan Turner, 20. Cameron Phelps, 23. Sam Moa, 30. Sam Obst, 33. Martin Gleeson.The match kicks off at 2.45pm and the referee is Steve Ganson.If you can’t make the match, it will be covered extensively in the new look Match Centre as well as on Saints’ Official Twitter and Official Facebook sites.You can also listen by tuning in to Wish FM on 102.4 FM, DAB or by clicking here.Match Stats:Last 10 meetings:Hull FC 27, St Helens 26 (SLR16, 4/6/10)St Helens 12, Hull FC 32 (SLR1, 6/2/10)Hull FC 6, St Helens 30 (SLR15, 5/6/09)St Helens 44, Hull FC 22 (SLR9, 13/4/09)Hull FC 16, St Helens 28 (Challenge Cup Final, 30/8/08)(at Wembley Stadium)Hull FC 8, St Helens 16 (SLR15, 25/5/08)St Helens 30, Hull FC 29 (SLR5, 7/3/08)St Helens 31, Hull FC 20 (SLR22, 3/8/07)Hull FC 24, St Helens 12 (SLR6, 17/3/07)Hull FC 4, St Helens 26 (SLGF, 14/10/06)(at Old Trafford, Manchester)Super League Summary:Hull FC won 9St Helens won 22 (includes win in 2006 Grand Final & wins in 2001 and 2006 play-offs)Hull FC highest score: 44-6 (H, 2005) (also widest margin)St Helens highest score: 74-16 (H, 1999) (also widest margin)
JON Wilkin says Saints have to be cautious over Jonny Lomax as he continues his return from injury.Echoing the comments of Keiron Cunningham earlier in the week, he praised the full-back’s return but says there needs to be patience.“I think Jonny had been slightly forgotten because we haven’t had him available for so long,” he told the Liverpool Echo. “But inside the Saints camp we’ve been thinking that when we get Jonny back, whatever position he plays, we’re going to have something really exciting.“Jonny’s performance was really good; he scored a couple of tries and he’s going to get a lot better. We just need to be careful because Jonny has had a really serious injury.“We need to look after him and make sure we do the right things because we want him to be around for years to come at St Helens.”You can read the rest of Wilkin’s column here.
Jack Leyland, Curtis Johnstone, Vernon Roby, Adrian Lawrenson, Paul Cotham, Bill Bates, Dave Dooley, Paul Cunliffe and Alex Service have all played their part in the process which is a staggering culmination of hard work and endeavour.Heritage numbers begin with Tom Foulkes in 1895, right up to Jack Welsby in 2018 and, of course, there will be new incumbents in 2019 and beyond.Whether they came onto the field for half a game, played as a trialist, or turned out in more than 500 competitive games, they are all considered equal and can justifiably feel proud to be part of this great club.Alex Service says: “This has been a fantastic project to work on and everyone at Saints Heritage Society is proud of the result and the fact we can now release the numbers in conjunction with the club.“The research to identify every player who has played for the club has been very in-depth and we’ve found very interesting stories and facts about people and their backgrounds we never knew.“Library research has played a huge part as has poring over hundreds of match reports and programme collections, together with personal accounts and interviews with past players. Most information has been by design; some by pure accident!“Bill Bates did much to collate the statistics into a manageable single document, especially in the formative years. From essentially ‘hard copy’ data, the launch of the Saints’ Heritage Society website in 2002 provided a much-needed platform for further development and the promotion of Saints’ statistical history into the wider public domain.“Special thanks to Webmaster Paul Cunliffe in this respect, who remains a vital member of our society.“There has also been the opportunity for wider research, led by Dave Dooley, on players before World War Two, including family make-up, employment characteristics and the geographical movement of individuals throughout Britain and the wider world.”Saints Chairman Eamonn McManus added: “The Saints Heritage Society have been unstinting in their efforts over the years and have produced this phenomenal piece of work of which they can all be rightfully proud.“The history and heritage of The Saints and its players is one of the richest in world sport and this project produces an appropriate and continuing record which befits that status. We should be very grateful indeed to all involved.”To celebrate the launch of the numbers, Jack Welsby – the latest Saints player to make his debut (Heritage number 1245) presented Jimmy Goodier – the earliest living player to make hid debut (Heritage number 607), with a shirt emblazzonded with his number.Jimmy was a hooker who made his Saints debut in 1944!Saints Heritage Society, the club and its Community Development Foundation will recognise the numbers over the coming months and years as it celebrates the fascinating heritage of those who have donned the famous colours.Each player (past and present) will receive a special, one of a kind certificate recognising their number. Certificates will be given out in due course.In addition to this, current players in the first team squad will have their heritage number applied to their first-team playing kit. Both home and away shirts will include the player’s heritage number which will be embroidered in gold stitching.You can view the Heritage number list here.