On Saturday, the Fabian Society will hold its summer conference with the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and with LabourList as media partner. The all day event from 10am to 5pm in London will feature speakers from across the labour movement, including shadow cabinet members Jonathan Ashworth and Angela Rayner and senior backbencher Yvette Cooper.The Shadow Health Secretary is expected to make a policy announcement, while the rest of the conference will discuss current challenges for Labour in light of the disappointing set of European election results and amid ongoing internal conflict over the party’s Brexit position.Where next for Brexit? Boris Johnson is expected to be Prime Minister, but it isn’t clear how likely no deal will become, with the frontrunner’s alternative plans looking unfeasible particularly if he sticks to the promise of leaving by October 31st. A panel in the morning – featuring Stella Creasy MP, The New Statesman‘s Stephen Bush and Richard Corbett MEP – will explore possible next steps.Other panels throughout the day will cover topics such as the climate crisis with shadow minister Alan Whitehead, the path to a Labour majority with LabourList editor Sienna Rodgers, social security with MPs Rosie Duffield and Karen Buck, immigration with Lord Dubs, ‘intergenerational innovation’, youth homelessness, populism with Wes Streeting MP, the future of the European left and industrial strategy.Angela Rayner, Shadow Education Secretary, will deliver the final keynote speech before the event closes at 5pm followed by post-conference drinks.The full-day conference offers an opportunity for Fabian members and Labour activists to meet each other, debate policy and discuss the future of the party. As the media partner, LabourList will bring you all the day’s coverage here and on Twitter @LabourList.The conference will be held on Saturday 29th June 2019 at Congress House, 23-28 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3LS, from 10am to 5pm. View the full agenda and buy your ticket here. Tags:Fabian Society /Yvette Cooper /Fabian Conference /Jonathan Ashworth /Angela Rayner /Fabian summer conference 2019 /FEPSFabSummer /
Jeremy Corbyn sent an email to all Labour members this morning with a “Brexit update” following consultation with the shadow cabinet, MPs, affiliated unions and the party’s national executive committee.The Labour leader’s message outlines part of the Brexit position agreed by trade unions on Monday, which consists of two ‘scenarios’. But only the first, which commits Labour in opposition to backing Remain against a Tory deal or no deal, is explained and endorsed.The second scenario set out by trade unions – which commits Labour in a general election to backing a public vote on its own negotiated deal but not necessarily to supporting Remain – is not mentioned.“Whoever becomes the new Prime Minister should have the confidence to put their deal, or no deal, back to the people in a public vote,” the email reads. “In those circumstances, I want to make it clear that Labour would campaign for Remain against either no deal or a Tory deal that does not protect the economy and jobs.”However, whether Corbyn’s party would support its own deal or Remain in a public vote held under a Labour government remains unclear. The email describes Labour’s “compromise plan” as a “sensible alternative that could bring the country together”.Below is the full text of Jeremy Corbyn’s email to Labour members.Dear member,I am proud to lead the Labour Party – the greatest political party and social movement in this country.We all recognise that the issue of Brexit has been divisive in our communities and sometimes in our party too.As democrats, Labour accepted the result of the 2016 referendum. In our 2017 manifesto, Labour also committed to oppose a no deal Brexit and the Tories’ Brexit plans – which threatened jobs, living standards, and the open multicultural society that we as internationalists value so much.I want to pay tribute to Keir Starmer and the shadow Brexit team for holding the government to account during this process. That helped secure a meaningful vote on their deal – which we then defeated three times – including inflicting the largest ever defeat on any government. And following their refusal to publish their legal advice, this government became the first to be held in contempt of parliament.Labour set out a compromise plan to try to bring the country together based around a customs union, a strong single market relationship and protection of environmental regulations and rights at work. We continue to believe this is a sensible alternative that could bring the country together.But the Prime Minister refused to compromise and was unable to deliver, so we ended cross-party talks.Now both Tory leadership candidates are threatening a No Deal Brexit – or at best a race to the bottom and a sweetheart deal with Donald Trump: that runs down industry, opens up our NHS and other public services to yet more privatisation, and shreds environmental protections, rights at work and consumer standards.I have spent the past few weeks consulting with the shadow cabinet, MPs, affiliated unions and the NEC. I have also had feedback from members via the National Policy Forum consultation on Brexit.Whoever becomes the new Prime Minister should have the confidence to put their deal, or No Deal, back to the people in a public vote.In those circumstances, I want to make it clear that Labour would campaign for Remain against either No Deal or a Tory deal that does not protect the economy and jobs.Labour has a crucial, historic duty to safeguard jobs, rights and living standards. But no Brexit outcome alone can do that.We need a general election. After nine years of austerity, too many people in this country cannot find decent secure well-paid work, and have to rely on public services that have been severely cut back.Our country is ravaged by inequality and rising poverty, huge regional imbalances of investment, and the government is failing to tackle the climate emergency facing us all.That is why we need a Labour government to end austerity and rebuild our country for the many not the few.Tags:Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /Public vote /
SAINTS ran in eight tries as they overwhelmed Wakefield Wildcats 42-12 at Langtree Park in Jon Wilkin’s Testimonial.Paul Wellens and Ade Gardner each bagged a brace to leave Nathan Brown’s side undefeated in pre-season.Saints were clinical when given the chance and led 16-6 at half time.At a Baltic Langtree Park, James Roby and Willie Manu got the home side underway before Isaac Johns pulled one back for Wakefield.But a superb Paul Wellens score – laid on by Jon Wilkin – gave Saints a deserved lead.And once Lance Hohaia strolled over two minutes into the second half, it was a procession; Wellens, Gardner (2) and Lee Gaskell completing a comfortable win.Saints fielded their strongest side with Josh Perry the only change from the 13 that started the friendly against Huddersfield.Tony Puletua also returned to the team – on a subs bench that was reduced to seven replacements.Wakefield had a strong team out too with Danny Kirmond and Kyle Amor the ones to miss out.Saints were under pressure from the off as a couple of neatly taken chip kicks forced them back on their heels. The Wildcats then won a penalty which gave the Cats good field position.The defence were up to the job though and within a couple of minutes they forged ahead.A big drive from Josh Perry set up the space and once Steve Ganson had awarded the home side another set for offside, James Roby burst on to a pass.Jordan Turner missing the extras.Willie Manu increased the lead on 17 minutes after using this strength to push through the rearguard – goaled by Turner – and it could have been more seconds later but Lee Gaskell just couldn’t gather in a Sia Soliola pass.Wakefield replied immediately as Isaac John found a massive gap in the defence; Paul Sykes converting to make it 10-6.Both sides had chances to take the lead but when Saints were pinned on their own line they produced a drive of class that saw Wilkin setting up Paul Wellens for a great score.Manu was the architect, snatching the ball near his own line and offloading for Roby.Saints handling was then too quick for the Wildcats and Wilkin drew his opposite number for Wellens to fly over.Turner adding his second conversion of the afternoon.Two minutes into the second half, Lance Hohaia spotted a gap in the Wildcats’ line defence and scampered over from close distance.Turner goaled to make it 22-6 and seven minutes later Gardner crossed in the corner.Singleton’s knock on was scooped up by Hohaia who could have scored, but he choose to put in Wilkin who got caught.Yet the former Hull KR forward offloaded to Jonny Lomax and he span the pass for Gardner.Paul Wellens got his second and Saints’ sixth moments later and with less than 18 minutes to go Gaskell fired a nice pass for Turner to send Ade in for his second.Lance Hohaia got Gaskell away for Saints’ eighth but Wakefield nudged a late consolation through Lee Smith.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Roby, Manu, Wellens (2), Hohaia, Gardner (2), GaskellGoals: Turner (5 from 8)Wakefield:Tries: John, Smith L, Goals: Sykes (2)Penalties:Saints: 7Wakefield: 4HT: 16-6FT: 42-12REF: Ste GansonATT: 2158Teams:Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 21. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 19. Josh Jones, 5. Francis Meli; 20. Lee Gaskell, 7, Jonny Lomax; 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 9. James Roby, 8. Josh Perry, 4. Sia Soliola, 12. Jon Wilkin 13. Willie Manu.Subs: 2. Ade Gardner, 6. Lance Hohaia, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 15. Mark Flanagan, 24. Joe Greenwood, 25. Alex Walmsley.Wakefield:1. Richard Mathers; 2. Peter Fox; 20. Reece Lyne, 4. Lee Smith, 5. Ben Cockayne, 6. Paul Sykes, 7. Tim Smith, 8. Justin Poore, 9. Paul Aiton, 10. Andy Raleigh, 11. Ali Lauitiiti, 17. Frankie Mariano, 13. Danny Washbrook. Subs: 18. Kyle Trout, 21. Matt Wildie, 22. Danny Cowling, 23. Brad Singleton, 25. Isaac John, 27. Chris Annakin, 28. Liam Kay.
WE’RE previewing the playoffs in the latest edition of the In Touch Podcast.Ahead of our match on Saturday against Hull KR we spoke to Nathan Brown and Paul Wellens.To listen click here or search for St Helens RFC on iTunes.We also caught up with Rugby League journalist Ross Heppenstall at the Bradford T and A to get his views on the Playoff series.Remember if you want a question answering on the Podcast drop us a line @saints1890 on Twitter or email [email protected] podcast is in association with Citytalk 105.9.