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Labours deputy leader Tom Watson has withdrawn hi

first_imgLabour’s deputy leader Tom Watson has withdrawn his motion for an independent complaints process at the meeting of the party’s national executive committee today, LabourList can reveal.If passed, Labour’s ruling body would have committed to bringing forward rule changes at this year’s conference that established an independent process to deal with disciplinary matters involving all forms of racism, sexism, misogyny, homophobia or transphobia.It also would have endorsed the idea of automatically excluding a member from the party where there was “irrefutable evidence of racism, sexism, misogyny, homophobia or transphobia”.But the motion signed by Tom Watson, James Asser, Nick Forbes, George Howarth and Alice Perry was withdrawn as there was not enough support for its proposals among NEC members.Instead, the NEC decided to support Jeremy Corbyn’s own proposal for reform, which he brought to the meeting after getting shadow cabinet approval yesterday. The ruling body agreed with “the general principle of improving processes and giving an NEC body the power to expel people”, as one NEC member put it.NEC members were not given the specific two options that were presented to the shadow cabinet on Monday. LabourList understands that their agreement could apply to either option put forward by Corbyn, both of which empowers the NEC.Under the Labour leader’s preferred option, the “most serious” cases of antisemitism would be referred to special panels that include the party general secretary Jennie Formby and NEC officers (other than politicians), rather than the usual antisemitism panels made up of three or five NEC members.The power to expel members would no longer be reserved for Labour’s highest disciplinary body, the national constitutional committee (NCC), but be extended to the NEC. ‘Option 2’, as it is known, reads:“Any complaint that met the criteria for the most serious of cases, would be referred to a special panel consisting of the general secretary plus NEC Officers. “If that panel was satisfied that the criteria were met, they would have the power to expel the member. This option would allow for more rapid expulsion in the most serious of cases.”The shadow cabinet yesterday backed the “summary exclusion” idea and added support for “independent oversight of our processes”. It is not yet clear what this introduction of “independent oversight” would mean in practice and the commitment was not clarified during the NEC meeting.Following the NEC meeting, a Labour spokesperson said: “The NEC endorsed Jeremy Corbyn’s proposal to reform our procedures to allow fast-track expulsions in the most serious cases. This proposal will be further developed so that the NEC can finalise the details of a rule change that is fair and legally robust, ahead of conference. Changes to the party’s rules must be agreed at annual conference, the party’s sovereign, democratic decision making body.“The vast majority of Labour members are motivated by equality, justice and fairness, and despise antisemitism. As the data released yesterday shows, antisemitism complaints relate to a small minority of members, but one antisemite is one too many. The party is taking decisive and robust action against antisemitism and the rate at which antisemitism cases are dealt with has increased more than four-fold since Jennie Formby became general secretary.”It is understood that NEC members from across the political spectrum, including Margaret Beckett, voiced concerns about the idea of implementing an independent disciplinary process.A Labour source commented: “No other political party or trade union has outsourced its complaints process. It is unclear how it could logistically work and comply with our responsibilities under data protection legislation. It could threaten the jobs of hardworking staff who have taken swift and robust action on cases.“What’s important is that we are transparent about the way in which we are handling cases to build confidence and trust. That’s why we have published the data on disciplinary cases and are seeking to bring forward proposals for independent oversight of our processes.”LabourList understands that Tom Watson left the NEC meeting early, before delivering his deputy leader’s report. A number of NEC members were angered, and one told LabourList: “Didn’t even provide a written one. Just left despite Jennie [Formby] being unwell and tired and doing her report.”The NEC source added: “He doesn’t want the questions about why he attacked Jennie probably. People very angry at him.” But another said: “A number of the MPs left as they had to get back to parliament. This is normal.”Tags:Tom Watson /Labour /Antisemitism /last_img read more

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CHRIS Flannery is looking for a strong finish to t

first_imgCHRIS Flannery is looking for a strong finish to the season now he is free from injury.The 31-year-old State of Origin star has missed eight games this year through niggling problems with his quad, hamstring and calf, but has made a welcome return in the last two weeks.“It’s good to be back playing again,” he said. “I’ve spent too long on the sidelines and it’s now all about getting back to match fitness.“I was out for a couple of weeks with a hamstring and played in the Featherstone game but took a knock on my calf I didn’t think was too serious. But then it went in the Huddersfield game warm up and put it me back a month.“I’m back now and it’s good.”He continues: “The last two defeats have been disappointing. We were poor against Wigan and we wanted to bounceback against Warrington. We did that in a way although we didn’t get the win. We can take a lot of positives from it as they are a tough side and in form. We came back from 18 points down and got in front, but lapses in concentration cost us the game.“We showed that against Wigan – we were in it for 20 minutes and then clocked off and we were 20 points down. Against Warrington we had five off and they put points on us. We have to look at that.“With the team and coach we have here no one is talking about a transitional period. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to perform and defeats aren’t acceptable and we now have to bounceback against Hull.“I can’t remember when we last faced three losses in a row and that makes this match huge. But if we take the intensity we showed in the game at Warrington into this match and we’ll do some big things in both competitions.”last_img read more

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ENGLAND Rugby League have named a revised 28man E

first_imgENGLAND Rugby League have named a revised 28-man Elite Training Squad, which will form the nucleus of the side that will compete in this autumn’s Triangular tournament against France and Wales.England coach Steve McNamara has kept faith with the majority of players that were selected in his initial squad back in March – and that means call ups for James Roby, Jon Wilkin and Jonny Lomax.Warrington Wolves’ Ryan Atkins and Hull FC’s Danny Tickle are included after featuring in the International Origin series against the Exiles earlier this summer.“With the Rugby League World Cup just over 12 months away our planning and preparation will step up over the year ahead to make sure we are competitive and ready to make a huge impact on the tournament,” said McNamara. “Ultimately, my ambition is to have a squad capable of winning the World Cup for the first time since 1972 and we are heading in the right direction.“Every opportunity with the players’ I have is vital. We have some exciting plans that will make us the best prepared side to come from these shores in history.”From the squad selected in March, five players have missed out – Ryan Bailey (Leeds Rhinos), Warrington centre Chris Bridge, Ian Henderson (Catalan Dragons) and East Yorkshire pair Kris Welham (Hull KR) and Kirk Yeaman (Hull FC).Full details of where England will play in the Triangular tournament, including dates and kick off times, will be announced in due course.England Elite Training Squad:Carl Ablett, Ryan Atkins, Tom Briscoe, Danny Brough, Rob Burrow, Garreth Carvell, Josh Charnley, Rangi Chase, Eorl Crabtree, Leroy Cudjoe, Ryan Hall, Zak Hardaker, Gareth Hock, Ben Jones-Bishop, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Jonny Lomax, Danny McGuire, Michael McIlorum, Adrian Morley, Lee Mossop, Sean O’Loughlin, James Roby, Kevin Sinfield, Danny Tickle, Sam Tomkins, Kallum Watkins, Ben Westwood, Jon Wilkin.last_img read more

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SAINTS have named their 19man squad for Sundays

first_imgSAINTS have named their 19-man squad for Sunday’s Magic Weekend fixture with Huddersfield Giants in Newcastle.Jordan Turner, Shannon McDonnell and Calvin Wellington have all been called up into the side.Dom Peyroux and Mark Percival miss out with knocks suffered in the win over Salford.Keiron Cunningham will select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 3. Jordan Turner, 5. Adam Swift, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Lama Tasi, 16. Andre Savelio, 19. Theo Fages, 21. Matty Dawson, 22. Jack Owens, 23. Shannon McDonnell, 27. Jack Ashworth, 28. Morgan Knowles, 30. Calvin Wellington.Paul Anderson will welcome back Scott Grix to his side alongside new signing Sebastine Ikahihifo.He will choose his 17 from:1. Scott Grix, 2. Jermaine McGillvary, 3. Leroy Cudjoe, 4. Joe Wardle, 5. Aaron Murphy, 6. Danny Brough, 7. Jamie Ellis, 8. Eorl Crabtree, 9. Ryan Hinchcliffe, 12. Michael Lawrence, 15. Kyle Wood, 16. Sam Rapira, 17. Ukuma Ta’ai, 18. Jake Connor, 19. Josh Johnson, 21. Nathan Mason, 22. Oliver Roberts, 34. Ryan Brierley, 36. Sebastine Ikahihifo.The game kicks off at 3.15pm and the referee is Ben Thaler.Ticket details are here.last_img read more

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First Team Match

first_imgSaints head into round eight on the back of seven straight wins and will be hoping to continue our 100% start to the season when we face Tim Sheen’s men on Friday.Holbrook will select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Regan Grace, 6. Theo Fages, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Luke Thompson, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Joseph Paulo, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Dom Peyroux, 19. Matty Lees, 20. Jack Ashworth, 21. Aaron Smith, 23. Lachlan Coote. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–Rovers welcome back Ben Crooks, Kane Linnett and Mitch Garbutt, but according to their website, they could be without the services of half-back Danny McGuire (groin) who will be assessed after their captain’s run on Thursday, whilst prop Robbie Mulhern (back) is not expected to be fit for the game.Hull KR 19-man squad:Craig Hall, Ben Crooks, Jimmy Keinhorst, Ryan Shaw, Shaun Lunt, Mose Masoe, Joel Tomkins, Weller Hauraki, Mitch Garbutt, Tommy Lee, Chris Atkin, Junior Vaivai, Danny Addy, George Lawler, Kane Linnett, Josh Drinkwater, Will Oakes, Adam Rooks, Harry Bardle.Tickets for the game are still available from the Club Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455052 or by clicking here.,1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Regan Grace, 6. Theo Fages, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Luke Thompson, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Joseph Paulo, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Dom Peyroux, 19. Matty Lees, 20. Jack Ashworth, 21. Aaron Smith, 23. Lachlan Coote.last_img read more

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