The 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: https://t.co/KkPO32hAs9 pic.twitter.com/u1QiyoUpIa— 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: https://t.co/KkPO32hAs9 pic.twitter.com/nYrdgAb3Hd— 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 https://t.co/KoifgWosQo pic.twitter.com/yLA6jzUgRd— 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.” Tags:Tom Watson /Chuka Umunna /Stella Creasy /John McDonnell /Barry Gardiner /Sunday shows /
Month: July 2019
PLAYERS 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.
TICKETS 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.