Labour has launched a cross-party bid to block the possibility of the UK leaving the EU without a divorce deal – an outcome that has been endorsed by Tory leadership contenders including frontrunner Boris Johnson.Jeremy Corbyn, along with other Westminster party leaders Ian Blackford and Vince Cable, has tabled a cross-party motion that aims to hand over control of the parliamentary agenda on Tuesday 25th June to MPs.If the motion is approved by the Commons on Wednesday, an Opposition Day granted by the government, MPs will be able to introduce legislation that would help avoid no deal on October 31st.A number of Tory leadership candidates have said they would consider proroguing (i.e. suspending) parliament in order to force through a no-deal exit that may otherwise be blocked by MPs.It is likely that if the initial motion is passed tomorrow, MPs will try to legislate next week to frustrate the plans of Boris Johnson and other candidates, and exclude the possibility of a future Prime Minister proroguing parliament.Corbyn has repeatedly vowed to work on a cross-party basis against a no deal Brexit that Labour believes would be deeply damaging to the economy.The motion signatories include Tory MP Oliver Letwin, which suggests the move is supported by other soft Brexiteers in the Conservative Party. Ex-Tory Nick Boles, who told HuffPostUK last week that senior MPs from across the House were working on how to prevent no deal, has said he will be voting for the motion.Commenting on the motion, Labour’s Brexit spokesperson Keir Starmer MP said: “The debate on Brexit in the Tory leadership contest has descended into the disturbing, the ludicrous and the reckless.“None of the likely candidates for the top job has a credible plan for how to break the deadlock before the end of October. Instead, we have witnessed candidates openly advocating a damaging no deal Brexit and even proposing dragging the Queen into politics by asking her to shut down parliament to achieve this.“MPs cannot be bystanders while the next Tory Prime Minister tries to crash the UK out of the European Union without a deal and without the consent of the British people. That’s why we are taking this latest measure to end the uncertainty and protect communities across the country.“My challenge to MPs who disagree either with a no deal Brexit or proroguing parliament is to back this motion and act in the national interest.”Below is the full text of Labour’s opposition day motion, to be passed or rejected by MPs on Wednesday 12 June 2019.Jeremy CorbynIan BlackfordSir Vince CableLiz Saville-RobertsOliver LetwinCaroline LucasNicolas BrownBusiness of the House Motion (United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union)(1) That, on Tuesday 25 June –(a) Standing Order No. 14(1) (which provides that government business shall have precedence at every sitting save as provided in that order) shall not apply;(b) precedence shall be given to a motion relating to the Business of the House in connection with matters relating to the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union;(c) if more than one motion relating to the Business of the House is tabled, the Speaker shall decide which motion shall have precedence;(d) the Speaker shall interrupt proceedings on any business having precedence before the Business of the House motion at 1.00 pm and call a Member to move that motion;(e) debate on that motion may continue until 2.00 pm at which time the Speaker shall put the questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on that motion including the questions on amendments selected by the Speaker which may then be moved;(f) any proceedings interrupted or superseded by this order may be resumed or (as the case may be) entered upon and proceeded with after the moment of interruption.Tags:Labour /Keir Starmer /Brexit / read more
SAINTS have announced their squad for Monday’s Round 17 Super League match at Huddersfield Giants.As expected James Roby, Francis Meli and Paul Wellens all return to the 19 alongside loan signing Gareth O’Brien and Joe Greenwood.Nathan Brown will choose from:1. Paul Wellens, 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Lance Hohaia, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Willie Manu, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Josh Jones, 21. Tom Makinson, 24. Joe Greenwood, 25. Alex Walmsley, 30. Mark Percival, 33. Luke Thompson, 37. Gareth O’Brien.Paul Anderson will choose his Giants’ side from:1. Scott Grix, 3. Leroy Cudjoe, 4. Joe Wardle, 5. Jermaine McGillvary, 6. Danny Brough, 7. Luke Robinson, 8. Eorl Crabtree, 9. Shaun Lunt, 10. Craig Kopczak, 11. Brett Ferres, 13. David Faiumu, 14. Michael Lawrence, 15. Larne Patrick, 17. Ukuma Ta’ai, 18. Aaron Murphy, 19. Jamie Cording, 21. Dale Ferguson, 22. Anthony Mullally, 30. Brad Dwyer.The game kicks off at 7.45pm and the referee is Richard Silverwood.Ticket details are here.Stat Pack:Last 10 Meetings:St Helens 4, Huddersfield 40 (SLR1, 2/2/13)St Helens 46, Huddersfield 12 (SLR22, 29/7/12)Huddersfield 17, St Helens 16 (SLR5, 4/3/12)St Helens 19, Huddersfield 6 (SLR24, 12/8/11)Huddersfield 40, St Helens 18 (SLR14, 14/5/11)St Helens 42, Huddersfield 22 (SLQSF, 24/9/10)St Helens 30, Huddersfield 22 (SLR17, 11/6/10)Huddersfield 6, St Helens 24 (SLR8, 28/3/10)St Helens 15, Huddersfield 2 (SLQPO, 19/9/09)St Helens 12, Huddersfield 10 (SLR25, 21/8/09)Super League Summary:Huddersfield won 6St Helens won 28 (includes wins in 2009 & 2010 play-offs)Highs and Lows:Huddersfield highest score: 40-18 (H, 2011); 40-4 (A, 2013) (Widest margin: 40-4, A, 2013)St Helens highest score: 68-18 (H, 1998) (Widest margin: 68-18, H, 1998; 54-4, H, 2007) read more
SAINTS are seeking their fourth straight Super League regular season win over the Rhinos when the two sides lock horns tonight.Last 10 Meetings:Leeds 12, St Helens 13 (SLR25, 29/8/14)Leeds 32, St Helens 12 (CCR5, 26/4/14)St Helens 14, Leeds 10 (SLR7, 28/3/14)Leeds 11, St Helens 10 (SLPSF, 20/9/13)Leeds 22, St Helens 30 (SLR15, 20/5/13)St Helens 12, Leeds 20 (SLR5, 1/3/13)Leeds 18, St Helens 31 (SLR14, 21/5/12)St Helens 46, Leeds 6 (SLR8, 25/3/12)Leeds 32, St Helens 16 (SLGF, 8/10/11) (at Old Trafford, Manchester)St Helens 42, Leeds 16 (SLR16, 3/6/11) (at Stobart Stadium, Widnes)Super League Summary:St Helens won 30 (includes wins in 1999, 2001, 2007 and 2008 play-offs)Leeds won 25 (includes wins in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 Grand Finals; 1998, 2005 and 2013 play-offs)Highs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 62-18 (H, 1999) (Widest margin: 56-10, H, 2004)Leeds highest score: 74-16 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 70-0, H, 2004)Career Milestones:Jon Wilkin needs three tries to reach a career century of touchdowns. His total of 97 has been scored as follows: 8 for Hull KR (2000-2002), 88 for St Helens (2003-2015) and 1 for England (2004-2005, 2008-2009 & 2011-2012). Wilkin also made 6 non-scoring appearances for Great Britain (2006-2007).Super League Milestones:Paul Wellens – 1 try away from 200 (199 for St Helens, 1998-2015)Consecutive Appearances:Hull FC’s Joe Westerman has the longest run of consecutive appearances amongst Super League players, with 54. Westerman last missed a Hull game on 25 May, 2013 – a 22-16 Magic Weekend win against Hull KR at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium. His streak then started on 31 May, 2013 – an 18-6 home win against Leeds.1 Joe Westerman (Hull FC) 542 Zeb Taia (Catalans Dragons) 443 Mose Masoe (St Helens) 404 Danny Washbrook (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 325 Larne Patrick (Wigan Warriors/Huddersfield Giants) 29First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 Tom Lineham (Hull FC) 102 = Justin Carney (Castleford Tigers), Ken Sio (Hull Kingston Rovers) 94 Jordan Turner (St Helens) 85 = Albert Kelly (Hull Kingston Rovers), Ben Jones-Bishop (Salford Red Devils), Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors) 78 = Aaron Murphy (Huddersfield Giants), Rob Burrow (Leeds Rhinos), Danny McGuire (Leeds Rhinos), Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos), Niall Evalds (Salford Red Devils), Tom Makinson (St Helens), Chris Riley (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats), Anthony Gelling (Wigan Warriors), Dominic Manfredi (Wigan Warriors) 6Goals:1 = Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers), Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 353 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons), Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers), Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 277 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 238 Craig Hall (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 229 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 2010 = Travis Burns (St Helens), Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 17Goals Percentage:1 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 87.50 (35/40)2 Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (11/13)3 Travis Burns (St Helens) 80.95 (17/21)4 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 76.66 (23/30)5 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 75.00 (27/36)6 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 74.46 (35/47)7 = Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) (27/37), Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 72.97 (27/37)9 Tom Makinson (St Helens) 72.72 (8/11)10 = Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) (20/28), Gareth O’Brien (Warrington Wolves) 71.42 (10/14)Points:1 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 822 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 793 Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 744 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 715 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 596 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 587 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 558 Craig Hall (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 529 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 4910 = Tom Lineham (Hull FC), Tom Makinson (St Helens), Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 40 read more
Saints take on Wigan at the Totally Wicked Stadium on September 1 at 8pm.The Head Coach also said that Jonny Lomax would move into the halves.“I have decided the starting 13,” he said, “but there’s a few options on the bench. We will know more later in the week.”Tickets for the clash are available from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.
Luke Douglas has been named in Scotland’s squad ahead of the forthcoming World Cup.He is joined by Kane and Andrew Bentley of Toulouse Olympique as well as Warrington three-quarter Matthew Russell, Wigan winger Lewis Tierney and Scotland’s most-capped player, Danny Brough of Huddersfield.With injuries ruling out NRL Grand Finalists Lachlan Coote (ankle) and Kane Linnett (who requires an elbow operation) of North Queensland Cowboys, Leigh Centurions hooker Liam Hood (knee operation), Penrith Panthers pivot Peter Wallace (broken ribs and hand) and long-term injured Euan Aitken (shoulder) and Billy McConnochie (ACL), coach Steve McCormack has turned to a clutch of up and coming talents from the NRL and stalwarts of the Scotland scene.Forward James Bell of NZ Warriors, Sydney Roosters’ Jarred Anderson, and Penrith Panthers’ centre or wing Lachlan Stein are included for the first time, as are Bradford Bulls’ youngster Brandan Wilkinson and Shane Toal – who scored 28 tries for Barrow in their promotion campaign – both of whom came through the Scotland Under-19 pathway.“It’s just reward for those players,” said coach Steve McCormack. “Brandan has played nearly every week in the Championship for Bradford in difficult circumstances this year and has developed massively. And Shane has been a stand-out in League One and topped it all by scoring the try that got Barrow promoted last week. They are proof that there is talent coming through our pathway.”It will the youngest squad Scotland have sent to a World Cup, with three 20-year-olds (Wilkinson, Anderson and Hull KR forward Kieran Moran, an uncapped member of last year’s squad), 21-year-olds Stein and Toal, and three more players aged 23 or under.Scotland:Alex Walker (London Broncos, 3) Andrew Bentley (Toulouse Olympique, 0) Ben Hellewell (London Broncos, 15) Ben Kavanagh (Hull KR, 14) Brandan Wilkinson (Bradford Bulls, 0) Callum Phillips (Workington Town, 5) Dale Ferguson (Huddersfield Giants, 14) Danny Addy (Hull KR, 14) Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants, 23) David Scott (Batley Bulldogs, 13) Frankie Mariano (Featherstone Rovers, 2) James Bell (New Zealand Warriors, 0) Jarred Anderson (Sydney Roosters, 0) Johnny Walker (Darlington Point Roosters,6) Kane Bentley (Toulouse Olympique, 0) Kieran Moran (Hull KR, 0) Lachlan Stein (Penrith Panthers, 0) Lewis Tierney (Wigan Warriors, 3) Luke Douglas (St Helens, 8) Matthew Russell (Warrington Wolves, 8) Oscar Thomas (Bradford Bulls, 6) Ryan Brierley (Toronto Wolfpack, 2) Sam Brooks (Featherstone Rovers, 3) Shane Toal (Barrow Raiders, 2) read more
Two early tries from James Roby and Luke Thompson put Saints in control, but London responded through tries from on loan Ryan Morgan and James Cunnigham. Mark Percival then put Saints back in front early in the second half before Morgan grabbed his second for London.Pitts gave the hosts the lead before Regan Grace scored a dramatic last minute try in the corner which Richardson converted off the touchline to send the game into golden point. Unfortunately for Saints it was London who won it through a Smith drop goal.Playing on London’s artificial pitch, Saints came flying out of the traps and it didn’t take long for us to take the lead. Captain Roby picked the ball up from dummy half and crashed over underneath the posts giving Saints an early 6-0 lead with Richardson adding the extras.Saints were in again minutes later after a Percival break put Saints in excellent field position. On the next play, the ball found its way to Richardson who put a neat kick through and the ball hit a London defender and landed in Thompson’s hands for the forward to score. Richardson adding the two extending Saints lead to 12-0 inside 10 minutes.London hit back after an offload from young full back Jack Welsby was intercepted by Morgan and the centre scored under the posts. Dixon adding the extras.In the final minute of the first half Cunningham dummied, found a gap in the line and went through the gap to score. Dixon adding the extras to tie the game at the break.London started the second half dominantly, putting Saints under pressure and forcing a goal line drop out, but Saints defence stood firm and forced London to knock on. Saints capitalised on the error when Roby made a break up the middle and on the next tackle Richardson found Grace who passed the ball back inside to Percival who gathered on the second attempt to score. Richardson, this time was unable to add the extras.London replied minutes later mind after the ball found its way out wide to Morgan and he pushed his way over in the corner. Dixon, like Richardson was unable to add the extras leaving the game tied at 16-16 with 25 minutes remaining.London thought they had won it late on after a kick through from Jordan Abdull was pounced on by Pitts who scored. Dixon added the two giving London a 22-16 lead.Saints threw everything at London in the final 10 minutes, but London’s defence stood firm until a minute from time when a flowing move from right to left ended with Grace scoring in the corner. Richardson, with the stadium in silence, kicking the touchline conversion to tie the game and send it into Golden Point.Two minutes into golden point a Saints knock on put London in prime position and Smith dropped the goal to give the hosts a 23-22 victory.Match Summary:London Broncos: Walker, Dixon, Morgan, Kear, Williams, Abdull, Smith, Battye, Cunningham, Krasniqi, Pitts, Gee, Yates.Interchanges: Richards, Ioane, Fozard, Butler.Tries: Morgan (27, 55), Cunnigham (39), Pitts (69) Goals: Dixon (3 from 4)Drop goal: SmithSt Helens: Welsby; Swift, Naiqama, Percival, Grace, Richardson, Fages; Lees, Roby, Thompson, Paulo, Peyroux, Knowles.Interchanges: LMS, Amor, Ashworth, Costello.Tries: Roby (5), Thompson (9), Percival (50), Grace (78) Goals: Richardson (3 from 4)HT: 12-12FT: 23-22 – after Golden PointATT: TBC read more
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