Labour’s Yvette Cooper on her plan to delay #Brexit: “We can’t just carry on with a game of chicken”https://t.co/LUddstfYmj #Marr pic.twitter.com/cKZRnU3oo1— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) January 27, 2019Ridge on SundayAngela Rayner, Labour MP for Ashton-under-Lyne and Shadow Education Secretary, told Sophy Ridge that the Labour leadership was still undecided on whether to back the Cooper amendment on Tuesday. The MP, whose seat voted over 63% to leave in 2016, explained her reasons for disliking the idea of a fresh EU referendum.On Labour plans to spend more on scrapping tuition fees than early years, Sure Start and child care: “Coming from a working class background myself, I had the opportunity to go to university for free if I wanted it… It is those who need the maintenance support that come away from university with the biggest amount of debt and I think it’s really scary for our young people.”On backing the Cooper amendment: “Labour will do whatever it takes to avoid a no deal Brexit so if that’s the only option that we have then it is something that we will seriously consider.”On another EU referendum: “I think if we end up with a second referendum then us as politicians have failed the public, we have failed to be able to do our job. I don’t think that people want to see a delay in Article 50, I don’t think that people want to see a second referendum. They want to see parliamentarians working together to carry out what happened as a result of the referendum.”On the arguments for a fresh referendum: “Now I have heard people say they were lied to etc and I’ve pulled Damian Hinds up five times in terms of his dodgy stats and in every manifesto you only get half of it implemented normally so there is always mistruths… I understand people’s frustration but I really don’t see that the UK has moved significantly away from where they were originally on that original decision so I think parliament has just got to get on with it now.” “If we end up with a second referendum then we as politicians have failed the public” – @AngelaRayner tells Sophy #Ridge she doesn’t think people want a #secondreferendum.Follow it live here: https://t.co/a6IEouRoGb pic.twitter.com/PtdRXyOgWT— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) January 27, 2019Channel 4 NewsUnite general secretary Len McCluskey spoke against the idea of another EU public vote.“A second referendum is not the preferred option for the Labour Party. That’s why the Prime Minister’s approach at the moment to try and see if there’s a way to conclude a deal.”“Having campaigned strongly to Remain, more money, more resources than anybody else my union put in – we lost… Having lost, coming out of the EU is not the end of the world, providing you conclude an agreement that protects jobs…” The Andrew Marr ShowYvette Cooper was on to talk about her amendment to the government’s Brexit motion, which will come to a vote on Tuesday.On whether Jeremy Corbyn will back her amendment, Cooper said he had not confirmed either way: “I hope that he will support it.”On trying (or not) to block Brexit: “In the end someone has to take some responsibility and say: ‘If the prime minister runs out of time she may need some more time.’ That is not about blocking Brexit – that is about being responsible and making sure you can get a Brexit deal.”On whether the amendment would see Article 50 extended by three or nine months, with the latter complicated by EU elections, she said the bill is deliberately amendable: “It will be up for parliament to decide how long is needed.”On her preferred outcome to the Brexit process: “We’ve got to get a workable deal – for me that includes a customs union – but we’ve got to rule out a ‘no deal’”. Tags:Yvette Cooper /Liz Kendall /Angela Rayner /Westminster Hour /The Andrew Marr Show /Ridge on Sunday / “A second referendum is not the preferred option for the Labour Party.”Len McCluskey says that with the Remain campaign “having lost”, “coming out of the European Union is not the end of the world, providing you conclude an agreement that protects jobs”. pic.twitter.com/5KHk4mYO32— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) January 27, 2019Westminster HourLiz Kendall, Labour MP for Leicester West, who supports another EU referendum, explained that she backed the Cooper amendment in order to give parliament more time to debate alternatives.Is the Labour leadership backing the Cooper amendment? “I don’t know, but I hope they do.”On Labour’s official amendment, which mentions a new public vote: “The amendment reflects party policy. Opposition amendments – it’s very hard to get that passed. It’s more likely that it’ll be one of the backbenchers…”
THE RFL has introduced a ground-breaking drugs use policy which will come into effect during the 2014 First Utility Super League season.The RFL Social and Non-Prescribed Prescription Drug Policy 2014 is a new initiative which aims to prevent players suffering and causing personal and professional harm from the misuse of illegal or non-prescribed substances.An integrated approach will be used to initiate the policy, with Super League players receiving an education workshop, being subject to a new testing programme and given help, including rehabilitation and counselling.“This is a ground-breaking initiative that has been in the preparatory stages for a while now,” said RFL Operations Director Emma Rosewarne. “The policy will go live this season as we believe that it will make a real difference to player welfare in Rugby League.“The original draft of the policy was drawn up in full as far back as last autumn, and after a lengthy process of consultation we are delighted that we are at a stage where we can look forward to significant progress in player welfare.“It is important to note that we are not trying to catch anybody out with this policy – the drive behind the initiative comes from a player welfare point of view.“It is our job to help our players in every way possible and this, from a social and non-prescribed prescription drug perspective, is the best way to go about giving support to our professional players.”A draft version of the policy was created last summer with consultation with the Super League Players’ Association, League13, starting last September.The policy was officially passed at the end of January, with a series of educational seminars in association with Sporting Chance Clinic and club player welfare managers now being held across the country with all Super League clubs.The testing part of the policy will not come into force until a Super League club has attended a seminar explaining how the new policy will work, and advise players how to get help with prescription and social drug issues.Under the new policy, the club’s entire first team will be tested during the season to ensure that everybody within the first team squad, and every first team player in the top flight, is treated on even grounds.“This initiative is not only a first in Rugby League in this country but, with regard to the non-prescribed prescription drug aspect of the policy, I believe it is the first in all sports in England,” said Rosewarne.“This policy is designed to help players who might have an issue with or a dependency on prescription and social drugs. Players need to know that they will not be treated as villains -they will be helped and given the best-possible care.“We have been working closely for a number of years with the Sporting Chance Clinic, who do an excellent job of supporting professional and former professional sportspeople, and I am sure this relationship will continue to grow from strength to strength.“By educating our players and our clubs, we can help protect our professionals of the present and the future, and look to continue improving player welfare in Rugby League.”
Emily Rudge, Faye Gaskin, Jodie Cunningham, Naomi Williams, Tara Jones and Vicky Whitfield are selected for the match which takes place in Carcassonne on Saturday October 27.England Women’s head coach, Craig Richards, said: “We really feel as though we’ve got a good blend of experienced internationals and new players who have excelled in this year’s competitions and will continue to grow as individuals and players.“They have all worked really hard on the National Performance Programme and this Test match will allow us to further challenge our player philosophy, whilst continuing to build a strong culture within the group.”Seven of the squad who played in last year’s Women’s Rugby League World Cup in Australia are also included.England Squad: Amy Hardcastle (Bradford Bulls) – Caps: 16 Amy Johnson (Leeds Rhinos) – Caps: 0 Andrea Dobson (Featherstone Rovers) – Caps: 23 Caitlin Beevers (Leeds Rhinos) – Caps: 0 Dannielle Anderson (Leeds Rhinos) – Caps: 0 Emily Rudge (St Helens) – Caps: 19 Faye Gaskin (St Helens) – Caps: 6 Georgia Roche (Castleford Tigers) – Caps: 0 Jodie Cunningham (St Helens) – Caps: 18 Kelsey Gentles (Castleford Tigers) – Caps: 0 Naomi Williams (St Helens) – Caps: 0 Rebecca Greenfield (Wigan Warriors) – Caps: 0 Rhiannion Marshall (Leeds Rhinos) – Caps: 1 Shona Hoyle (Bradford Bulls) – Caps: 6 Sinead Peach (Castleford Tigers) – Caps: 2 Tara Jones (St Helens) – Caps: 3 Tara-Jane Stanley (Castleford Tigers) – Caps: 8 Tamzin Renouf (Castleford Tigers) – Caps: 0 Vanessa Temple (Wigan Warriors) – Caps: 0 Vicky Whitfield (St Helens) – Caps: 0
Each Super League club was invited down to Anfield for the Super League Media Launch ahead of the showcase event this weekend and Tommy represented Saints, taking part in some pitch side photography before he was interviewed by members of the media ahead of Saints clash with Castleford on Sunday, kick off 6pm.And in an exclusive interview with Saints TV, Makinson admitted he has fond memories of Anfield after his dramatic match-winning hat-trick secured a series win for England against New Zealand back in November.“Playing here with the international team brought some special memories, scoring those tries to get the series wrapped up and I am definitely looking forward to coming back.”“It is pretty special. It is iconic venue and the history that goes with it, anytime you can step foot on that grass out there you are always happy and I will be come Sunday.“The Saints fans are going to be massive. Being so close to Saints here at Anfield we can really pack this place out and get a lot of fans here and hopefully broaden their horizons across Merseyside and hopefully if people can support Saints for a day, it will be nice!”A limited numbers of tickets are available for the match and the full Weekend schedule of fixtures by calling 01744 455052, visiting the Club Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or online here. Coach Travel is available to purchase from the Club priced at £9 for 2019 Members and £10 for non-members.