The Andrew Marr Show ExLabour MP Luciana Berger a

first_imgThe Andrew Marr ShowEx-Labour MP Luciana Berger appeared with former Conservative backbencher Heidi Allen. She said Labour had “betrayed its promise” on Brexit; asked about the differences between the Independent Groups MPs on policy, she explained they will be trying to “reach consensus” based on evidence.Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson, who appeared on Marr only two weeks ago, talked about Labour’s antisemitism cases, revealing he had 50 cases passed on to him by parliamentary colleagues this week, plus Brexit and another referendum.On MPs quitting Labour: “I know we’re in a crisis. The departure of our colleagues is a real blow to us, and we need to understand why they felt they need to go, because if we’re going to be in government, we need to address those concerns.”On whether Jeremy Corbyn needs to change: “Of course Jeremy needs to understand that if we are going to be in No 10, he needs to change the Labour Party.”On the 50 new cases: “I think [Corbyn] needs to take a personal lead on examining those cases.”On the general secretary’s handling of antisemitism: “Very patently, the Jennie Formby reforms have not the been adequate. They have not succeeded.”On Emily Thornberry saying she would rather die than leave Labour: “I think it’s incumbent on all of us to dial down the rhetoric.”On Brexit: “We need to really unify our party membership around the conference position… I think that would steady the concerns that our councillors, MPs and active members have about the direction we’re taking.”On backing an amendment in favour of another referendum: “We’re moving in that direction.”On ways to stop MPs leaving, Watson said he would “prefer a reshuffle” of the shadow cabinet, but said if that didn’t happen, he’d set up a policy group of “social democratic” Labour MPs. Barry Gardiner says the reason Chuka Umunna left the Labour Party “was that he knew he could never be the leader of the Labour Party” #RidgeFollow live updates on today’s politics news here:— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) February 24, 2019Backbench MP Stella Creasy ruled out leaving Labour and said she was “standing with the Jewish Labour Movement”, a party-affiliated organisation chaired by Luciana Berger.Labour MP Stella Creasy rules out leaving the party and joining the Independent Group #RidgeFollow live updates on today’s politics news here:— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) February 24, 2019Pienaar’s PoliticsJohn McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor, offered encouraging words to anti-Brexit campaigners and supporters of the Kyle/Wilson amendment that would see MPs vote for Theresa May’s deal on the condition it was put to the public in another referendum.On a fresh EU referendum: “We’ve said to break the deadlock we’re going to have to now start think about moving towards a public vote… that will mean amendments coming up.”On the Kyle/Wilson amendment: “We’re working with them to see can we have a redraft of that amendment that people could vote for. I think there’s a high possibility that we could.” “I’m very, very sad to see her go”Deputy Labour Leader Tom Watson talks to #Marr about Luciana Berger leaving the Labour Party— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) February 24, 2019Ridge on SundayChuka Umunna talked about quitting Labour to form The Independent Group, abuse and antisemitism in Labour and refusing to fight a by-election.On abuse in Labour: “I’ve received threats from supporters of the leader where I’ve had to call in the police and someone was arrested… There is a rule by fear.”On whether Corbyn is antisemitic: “I don’t know whether he is personally antisemitic. His actions would seem to suggest he’s got questions to answer on that front but I’ve been very clear that the Labour Party is institutionally antisemitic.”Barry Gardiner, Shadow International Trade Secretary, offered his take on Umunna’s interview and on the rest of The Independent Group, plus Labour’s handling of antisemitism and Brexit.On Chuka Umunna: “The reason that he wanted to leave the Labour Party was because he knew he could never be the leader.”On the MPs who quit Labour: “I have very little time for the others in that Independent Group but actually for Luciana [Berger] I was deeply saddened.”On Labour and antisemitism: “Is there a problem?  Yes, there is. How large is that problem in terms of numbers?  It’s tiny. Are we dealing with it? We didn’t deal with it fast enough but we now are and we are getting on top of it.”On another EU referendum: “The closer we get to no-deal, the more important that safety net of a second referendum… what I think we’re seeing in this coming week is the movement towards that.” But… “If we’re going to the people it has to be on a real choice of something that is credible, her deal is not credible.” Gardiner referred back to his idea of Labour backing a referendum if it offered the choice of its own alternative Brexit plan.On the Kyle/Wilson amendment: “There has been a helpful amendment from Phil Wilson and Peter Kyle but actually unfortunately that would mean focusing on support for the Prime Minister’s deal.  So there are talks going on with them, I hope we’ll find a way through.”center_img Tags:Tom Watson /Chuka Umunna /Stella Creasy /John McDonnell /Barry Gardiner /Sunday shows /last_img read more

PLAYERS from all four Gillette Four Nations teams

first_imgPLAYERS from all four Gillette Four Nations teams have pledged their support to the White Ribbon campaign, an international initiative to raise awareness about domestic violence issues.The campaign received a timely boost when England second row Jamie Jones-Buchanan, New Zealand hooker Thomas Leuluai and Australia scrum-half Johnathan Thurston turned out to give their backing to the campaign which encourages men to pledge never to commit violence against a woman and to always condemn violent behaviour“As Rugby League players and sportsmen we act as role models for society, and it is our responsibility to show that we condemn violence in any form. I am proud to be a part of the White Ribbon campaign.” said Jones-Buchanan.“When playing, if a player is violent it damages the whole team, and in life to ignore violence when we know it exists damages all of society.“I wholeheartedly support the important work of the White Ribbon Campaign to involve men in pledging never to commit violence against women, never to excuse violence against women, and never to remain silent about violence against women, and I ask that all supporters of the game also pledge their support.”On ‘White Ribbon Day’- Friday November 25 – thousands of men in the UK will be undertaking sponsored silences, educational talks, signing the White Ribbon pledge and undertaking high heeled walks to draw attention to the issue.The White Ribbon Campaign operates in 50 countries around the world, and has very strong branches in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.For more information on the White Ribbon Campaign click here.last_img read more

TICKETS remain on sale for Saturdays Rugby League

first_imgTICKETS remain on sale for Saturday’s Rugby League World Cup match between Australia and Fiji at Langtree Park.The Hattons Solicitors West Stand has sold out whilst tickets in the Totally Wicked North and Solarking South Stands are limited.Tickets are priced from £5 for kids and £10 adults for the clash which sees both Group A’s unbeaten sides meet.The Kangaroos opened their World Cup campaign with a hard-fought 28-20 win over England in Cardiff whilst the Fijians beat Ireland at Rochdale.Greg Inglis will start at fullback for the Aussies too, with Daly Cherry-Evans getting the nod at scrum half.And Fiji’s Akuila Uate will certainly be one to watch.Australia face Fiji on Saturday November 2 at 8pm.To buy your tickets log on here or pop into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park.last_img read more

SAINTS star James Roby is among the judges of a co

first_imgSAINTS star James Roby is among the judges of a competition that will see a park in St Helens renamed after an everyday hero.The hooker, who will help decide the winner of the #YourNameHere project, said: “It’s a fun project to be involved in, because I see it as a way of St Helens nominating everyday heroes.“For me growing up in amateur Rugby League I always admired the people behind the scenes of the club.“The coaches, cooks and cleaners – the people we sometimes take for granted.”A three metre neon sign has been placed over St Helens Town Hall to launch the new public art project in the borough organised by Heart of Glass.To nominate someone visit read more

Senate Select Committee discusses GenX

first_img “The really important testing, bioaccumulation, and some of those other important issues to our area, our fishing industry and also the state of North Carolina really needs to happen and it needs to happen now,” Sen., Michael Lee said.The Senate Select Committee heard from UNCW and CFPUA about what has been done since the discovery of GenX and what they are doing now to ensure the water is safe.“We’re funding their research right now,” CFPUA Executive Director, Jim Flechtner said. “So they can answer the question that’s on everybodys mind. And that is what else is in the river? And do I need to be concerned about it?”Related Article: Chemours sued over air, water pollution claimsA major question discussed today, how will House Bill 56 affect future studies being conducted if Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto is not overturned.Flechtner said they will find a way to get the information everyone has been asking for. However, that means rates for customers would increase, a move both Flechtner and Sen. Lee are against.“The cost of this should not be born by the rate payers in our area,” Lee said. “This is a state failure in the regulatory process that’s been going on for 37 years and it should not be placed on the backs of the rate payers and the citizens of the multiple counties that are served by the Cape Rear River basin to pay for it.”“I don’t believe our customers should be paying for this. This is an expense that is brought about because of the unknowns in the river. But right now, our option is to move forward and get those answers. And we need to know the answers to those questions,” Flechtner said.Another highlight of the meeting was an update on digitizing data.“One of the most important pieces of this puzzle is really getting all the data with the respect to all the environmental permitting online. So we have a transparent system that everyone can look at, view, and see,” Lee said.Chemours was asked to attend today’s meeting but they refused. A Chemours spokesmen told senators they would be meeting up with Gov. Cooper later this week. However, the Governor’s office says there is no planned meeting.To see CFPUA’s presentation, click here.To see UNCW’s presentation, click here. Senate Select Committee holds meeting on river water quality (Photo: Kirsten Gutierrez/WWAY) RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — North Carolina’s Senate Select Committee held a meeting Tuesday afternoon regarding river water quality in our state, specifically GenX and what is being done to understand the compound and it’s impact on the Cape Fear River.Last week the House Committee heard from UNCW and Cape Fear Public Utility Authority about their plans to get answers about the compound. Today, the Senate Select Committee stepped up to the plate in hopes of bringing attention to the funding many said our community needs.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Swing for Madison Charity Golf Tournament to help local girl battling cancer

first_imgMadison Williams battling rare brain cancer (Photo: Team Madison-Donut Give Up) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – You can join in on a golf tournament on Sunday to support a local girl battling cancer.Last year, Madison Williams was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer.- Advertisement – The community has come together in multiple ways to raise money for Madison and her family. Now, a golf tournament is being held to help out.Swing for Madison Charity Golf Tournament is Sunday, February 17 at Magnolia Greens Golf Plantation. Registration is $100 per golfer.To sign up call P.T.’s Grille in Leland at (910) 399-6808.last_img read more

Boil water advisory to impact some Wilmington residents Sunday

first_img500-1300 blocks of Shipyard Boulevard700-800 blocks of Holbrooke AvenueSouthwold DriveThe Pines of Wilmington Apartments2543 Carolina Beach RoadCFPUA will test the water to ensure it is safe to drink before lifting the advisory. Crew will be working on repairs to broken valves. During the repair, water customers may notice low water pressure or outages for customers in along Shipyard Boulevard.Starting at 6 a.m. Sunday, CFPUA recommends customers in the following locations should boil all water for one minute before using. You do not need to boil water prior to using it for showers or baths. Tap water from sink (Photo: U.S. Air Force) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A boil water advisory will impact some water customers in Wilmington this weekend.The Cape Fear Public Works Utility Authority (CFPUA) announced Friday morning the order will impact about 250 customers near Shipyard Boulevard.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Bladen County crossroads to get roundabout

first_img(Photo: NCDOT) DUBLIN, NC (WWAY) — Work will start this summer on constructing a roundabout where NC 41 and NC 410 cross outside Dublin, thanks to a newly signed a nearly $1.76 million contract.The NC Department of Transportation made the intersection into an all-way stop in the spring of 2017, after a traffic analysis showed a high number of drivers on NC 410 were pulling into the path of those on NC 41, which did not have to stop. According to that analysis, almost 60 percent of the 31 crashes in the study involved angled collisions.- Advertisement – Although the all-way stop has reduced crashes, the department is building a roundabout to further improve the location’s safety and traffic flow, as well as to plan for anticipated growth in the number of vehicles traveling through the area.In the modern roundabout, drivers slow down to about 15 mph to 20 mph when entering them and everyone is going in the same direction – factors that reduce the risk of crashes, especially serious ones.WATCH: How to use roundaboutsRelated Article: Pope Francis says failure to adequately address “repugnant crimes” is source of shame“Roundabouts keep traffic moving through an area in a safe manner,” said Ken Clark, the department’s district engineer in the Whiteville office. “And they are easy to learn how to use.”NCDOT awarded a contract this month to BMCO Construction of Lumberton, which may begin work after June 25; the roundabout is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2020. Initially, the intersection will remain open during grading and drainage work. But for most of the duration, the project will require the intersection to be closed for the safety of the workers. A detour will send drivers on NC 41 onto NC 131 and Center Road, while those on NC 410 will be directed to take Pleasant Garden Road.last_img read more