Sign up to LabourLists morning email for everythi

first_imgSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Joan Ryan has quit the Labour Party, joining the seven who left on Monday to form “The Independent Group”. The MP for Enfield North will now sit with them in parliament. In her resignation letter, Ryan made clear that antisemitism within the party was the chief reason for her decision, saying Labour had become “infected with the scourge of anti-Jewish racism”.The news last night was only surprising in that Ryan was not an original split plotter, but a “stay and fight” activist in the style of the Corbynsceptic group Labour First. Their message to all those unhappy with Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership is not to let the “hard left” take over completely. Ryan agreed with that in September, but it seems she has concluded that there’s no way back for her wing of the party now.Ryan had been locked in battle with Corbynites and local members for some time. She (narrowly) lost a local no-confidence vote last year – as did fellow splitters Gavin Shuker, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith and almost Luciana Berger. Some will say Ryan was likely to be deselected anyway, and these MPs are jumping before they were pushed.Labour has now lost both the Jewish Labour Movement chair and the Labour Friends of Israel chair. (More on the potential impact of that here.) There was a lot of sympathy among the grassroots for Luciana Berger and her complaints about the way Labour antisemitism has been handled, from the left too, especially as she was admired for her work and depth of knowledge on mental health issues. But Ryan, who described Team Corbyn as a “Stalinist clique” in her statement, won’t be getting that same reaction.The leadership has offered mixed responses to the events. John McDonnell promised a “listening exercise” following the resignations but Labour has also just announced that it will consult on allowing constituents to recall their MPs if they switch parties. Obviously the party wants to boost its ranks via by-elections in the splitters’ seats, and Labour activists want that too. But the fighting talk means other anti-Corbyn MPs with Corbynite local memberships and slim majorities could be further encouraged to quit.The most interesting news today is expected to come at 11am, when three Tories – Anna Soubry, Heidi Allen and Sarah Wollaston – may quit the Conservative Party over Brexit. This could actually bring down the government. If a handful of Tories leave, Labour can call another vote of no confidence. Although the Labour splitters have made clear they’d rather have Theresa May in No10 than Corbyn, there would be pressure on “The Independent Group” MPs to vote against the government on that motion. And aside from longer-term consequences, to see those Tory MPs physically cross the floor and sit on the opposition benches would be quite a sight at PMQs today.Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Labour /Joan Ryan /The Independent Group /last_img read more

OurSaintsTHERE has never been a more exciting tim

first_img#OurSaintsTHERE has never been a more exciting time to be a Saints Season Ticket Holder.Super League is evolving… 2015 will see new and exciting changes to the League’s structure, reducing the number of competing teams to 12 and completely refreshing and intensifying the Play-off system.This will mean that every game and every minute truly matters and in a more competitive and high quality league. With these welcome changes, securing a high league position throughout the season is now more crucial than ever with only the top four teams ultimately qualifying for the Play-off semi-finals after all league games are completed.The bottom four teams will then join the top eight teams of the Championship to battle it out for their place in Super League for the 2016 season.As a club, we wholeheartedly welcome these improvements to our game and will, as ever, strive to finish top of the pile in Super League to secure our position in the Play-offs.We want the Town to be proud of Our Club and Our Game.This means that your Season Ticket for 2015 is even better value with more big games and more meaningful matches.As a Club, we have so much to be proud of…OUR STADIUMThe best rugby league stadium in the countryOUR PLAYERSA core of young British talentOUR HERITAGESteeped in honours and legendsOUR SUCCESSStill the most successful club in the Super League eraOUR BADGEA badge to wear with pride.And most importantly…YOU OUR FANSTo view all details of prices, Direct Debit options, a full explanation of the new league structure and links to buy online click here.Five Year Season Ticket Holders will have their season ticket automatically renewed and they can collect their tickets from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park from September 30.last_img read more

SAINTS travel to Wigan this afternoon in a Round 9

first_imgSAINTS travel to Wigan this afternoon in a Round 9 Betfred Super League clash.The game kicks off at 12:15pm and you can follow it live with us.For all the very latest from the match log on to our Official Match Centre.You can interact with like-minded fans across the globe at our Official Facebook Page and don’t forget to follow us @saints1890 on Twitter.#saintsasonelast_img

Maltese MEPs emissions regulation gets goahead

first_img <a href=’” alt=”center_img” /> A majority of MEPs have today voted to support of a new regulation introducing curbs on CO2 emissions on road transport emissions.The informal agreement states the level of CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles like truck and lorries will need to lowered by 30% by 2030.  An initial reduction target of 15% is already expected for 2025.This is understood to be the first type of EU level regulation that has been support by the Parliament on rising road transport emissions.  By the 2025 target, vehicle manufacturers are also expected to ensure that around 2% of their new fleet are made up of zero and low emission vehicles.On the European level, it is understood that by 2022, the European Commission will also need to put forward a new set of post-2030 targets. These will need to be in accordance with the Paris Agreement.It is understood that heavy transport vehicles account for just over a quarter of the total road transport CO2 emissions (27%) and around 5% of total EU greenhouse gas emissions, according to 2016 data.Read more:Watch: ‘You need to listen to us’ – Thunberg to Dalli‘Maltese embracing clean mobility technology’ – Miriam Dalli“Lack of action along the last decades” – Miriam DalliWatch: ‘People don’t need to get rid of their cars’ – Miriam DalliEnvironmental and health benefits, more innovationMEP Miriam Dalli has been the lead negotiator on the new regulation and she explained that now after 18 months of work, the new law will see a major reduction of 37% on CO2 emissions on passenger cars.The next stage is for the EU Council to formally approve the text of the regulation and it will duly be implemented across the European Union in January 2020.Dalli explained that, ‘The signing was the last step resulting in a law that reduces road transport emissions in all EU Member States, including Malta. I have no words to describe the satisfaction felt today when I know that, I departed from a situation facing a lot of resistance and today this law enjoys the strong backing of both the European Parliament and Member States,” Dr Dalli said in reaction to the signing.last_img read more