Jeremy Corbyn called for a general election in his response to the Prime Minister’s Brexit statement today.Outlining the reasons for which Labour would not be supporting Theresa May’s “new bold offer”, the Labour leader pointed out that “no compromise would survive the upcoming Tory leadership contest”.He also described the 10-point plan as “riddled with contradictions and wishful thinking”, arguing that it does not “represent a genuine compromise”.Corbyn raised the insolvency of British Steel, which threatens thousands of jobs, and said the government should be “prepared to step in”. Labour has urged for the company to be brought into public ownership.The opposition leader concluded: “That is why it is time for a general election to break the Brexit deadlock and give the country a say.”Below is the full text of Jeremy Corbyn’s response to the Brexit statement.I thank the Prime Minister for advance copy of this statement. In fact, I received it yesterday when the Prime Minister made an appeal titled “Seeking Common Ground in Parliament”. And where did she make this appeal? Not in parliament but in a small room just down the road.Mr Speaker, it is now clear the bold new deal the Prime Minister promised is little more than a repackaged version of her three times-rejected deal. The rhetoric may have changed but the deal has not. I thank the Prime Minister for her letter. It offers no change on a customs union, no change on Single Market alignment and no dynamic alignment on environmental protections.This Government is too weak and too divided to get this country out of the mess they have created. For over two years, the Prime Minister bullishly refused to consult the public or Parliament. She did not seek a compromise until after she had missed her own deadline to leave. And by the time she finally did she had lost the authority to deliver.That became evident during the six weeks of cross-party talks that ended last week – talks that were entered into constructively on both sides to see if a compromise was possible.But while those talks were going on, Cabinet minister after Cabinet minister made statements undermining what their colleagues in the room were offering. The Foreign Secretary, Leader of the House, International Trade Secretary, and Treasury Chief Secretary all made clear they would not tolerate a deal which included a customs union, while Tory leadership contender after Tory leadership contender took it in turns to make it absolutely clear that any compromise deal would not be honoured.Therefore, Mr Speaker, no matter what the Prime Minister offers, it is clear no compromise would survive the upcoming Tory leadership contest.The multiple leaks reported from Cabinet yesterday show the Prime Minister couldn’t even get the compromise deal she wanted through her own Cabinet. And it is clear that the shrunken offer that emerged satisfied no one, not her own backbenchers, not the DUP and, Mr Speaker, not the Official Opposition either.No Labour MP can vote for a deal on the promise of a Prime Minister who only has days left in her job. Even if the Prime Minister could honour her promises, the deal she is putting before us doesn’t represent a genuine compromise.Her 10 point plan is riddled with contradiction and wishful thinking.Firstly, the Prime Minister pretends she is delivering something new with a temporary customs union. This isn’t a compromise – it’s just accepting the reality.Under the withdrawal agreement we will already be in a temporary customs union through the transition period – which can last up to 4 years.And if not we will enter the backstop – which in effect keeps us in a customs union too, without any say.Secondly, why would this House legislate for a plan which is has already been comprehensively rejected by the EU?The Government wants to align with the EU on goods to keep frictionless trade, while at the same time wants to pursue trade deals which would undermine this. It’s simply not compatible.The technology they need to continue to pursue their Chequers plan doesn’t exist, has already been ruled out by the EU as illegal, impractical and an invitation to fraud.And, Mr Speaker, the Government has failed to provide any economic analysis to show this would make us better off.Why would the House support such a chaotic, desperate approach?Labour set out a sensible compromise plan over a year ago, including a comprehensive and permanent customs union with the EU that gives us a say. That would allow us to strike trade deals as part of the world’s biggest trading bloc bringing investment while maintaining the highest standards.It is credible and achievable and the best way to protect industry, manufacturing and jobs something this Government is woefully indifferent to as the latest steel crisis shows. The Government must be prepared to step in and take a public stake to save thousands of high skilled jobs at British Steel a foundation industry for any major economy.Instead, the Tory obsession is for striking trade deals with the likes of Donald Trump. They prioritise chlorinated chicken, further NHS privatisation and deregulation over protecting supply chains and jobs in this country.On workers’ rights, Mr Speaker, we have yet to see the full package the Government intends to bring forward.But many in the Trade union movement remain deeply sceptical. As Francis O’Grady of the TUC said yesterday and I quote: “This reheated Brexit deal won’t protect people’s jobs and rights”.On environmental protections, it is clear the Prime Minister is not offering dynamic alignment and that under her proposals the UK could fall behind in a number of areas, with only a toothless regulator under the control of the Environment Secretary in place of binding international commitments.Finally, Mr Speaker, on the issue of a confirmatory vote, I’m sure nobody here will be fooled by what the Prime minister is offering.Will the Prime Minister tell us now if this offer is genuine. Will she give her party a free vote on this issue or will she as before whip against a confirmatory referendum?If the Government truly believes this is the best deal for the economy and for jobs, they should not fear putting it back to the people.Mr Speaker, for too long, our politics has been seen through a prism of leave or remain. This is dividing our society and poisoning our democracy.It means vital issues are being neglected by Government the crisis in our schools and hospitals the housing crisis and the cruelty of their social security policy.Our country needs leadership to bring us together. However, this Prime Minister is not the person to do this.Throughout the last 3 years, she has made no attempt to unite the country. She has been focused only on keeping her divided party together. It hasn’t worked.And now her time has now run out. She no longer has the authority to offer a compromise and cannot deliver.That is why it is time for a general election to break the Brexit deadlock and give the country a say.Tags:Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /
SAINTS Academy beat Warrington 50-20 at the weekend writes Graham Henthorne, Team Manager.With Dom Speakman at his imperious best the home side were lucky to be within touching distance.Point a minute scoring in the first quarter saw the Saints run in four unanswered tries. Jordan Case opened the scoring charging onto a Danny Yates pass and drives from the big two, Joe Bate and Brad Ashurst on the next set, gave Corey Lee space to put Leon Tatlock over in the corner.Quick hands down the right put James Hill away and he gave a perfect inside ball to Mark Percival for the first of the centres four tries.Percival scored his second on the restart running a great line back on the inside from Speakman’s ball.Good defence at the line from Corey Lee kept the Wolves out but only delayed the inevitable as poor tackling let the home side in.Percival repaid his winger as he twice broke down the right before finding Hill on the outside for the fifth try of the half but a knock on at the restart allowed the Wolves to close the gap at the whistle.The Saints turned on the style at the start of the second half with another four try burst to put the result beyond doubt.A break down the middle by the impressive Jordan Case from Yates’ short ball found its way via Nathan Skupski to Corey Lee who went over in the corner.The home side were finding the Saints pack a handful epitomised by Brad Ashurst who twice drove into the heart of the Wolves driving them back giving room for Ste Yates to drive over.A Speakman break put Percival in for his hat-trick and from the kick off a 50 metre break from his half back partner Yates gave Tatlock a walk in for his second.The Wolves pulled one back before Percival showed his class yet again in crossing for his fourth wide out.The pack led by Bate, Ashurst and Connor Dwyer rolled over their opposition giving Speakman and Yates all the time in the world to bring the best out of Percival et al.Next week is liable to be a tougher proposition as the Academy travel to Stanningley to face the Rhinos.Match Summary:Warrington:Tries: Nathan Hill, Keith Holden, Brad Smith, Ben WarrilowGoals: Bobby Goulding 2Saints:Tries: Corey Lee, James Hill, Mark Percival 4, Ste Yates, Leon Tatlock 2, Jordan CaseGoals: Mark Percival 2, Jordan Case 3Half Time: 24-12Full Time: 50-20Teams:Warrington:1. Jake Melling, 2. Jack Milligan, 3. Nathan Hill, 4. James Nurney, 5. Ben Warrilow, 6. Bobby Goulding, 7. Brad Marwood, 8. Jack Morrison, 9. Ben Moores, 10. Gav Bennion, 11. Mat Dowman, 12. Jacque Peat, 13. Keith Holden.Subs: 15. Ashley Platt-Hughes, 16. Sam Brookes, 17. Brad Smith, 20. Olly Giles.Saints:1. Corey Lee, 2. James Hill, 3. Mark Percival, 4. Ste Yates, 5. Leon Tatlock, 6. Dom Speakman, 7. Danny Yates, 8. Joe Bate, 9. Callum Welsby, 10. Brad Ashurst, 11. Jordan Case, 12. James Tilley, 13. Connor Dwyer. Subs: 14. Jack Jones, 15. Adam Hesketh, 16. Jordan O’Neill, 17. Nathan Skupski.
“DEFEATS have given me a more rounded view of the game…”They’re the words of Jon Wilkin as he turned his mind towards Saturday’s Grand Final.The 27-year-old has been with Saints for the last nine seasons as has experienced both sides of the Old Trafford emotional spectrum.But he admits whilst you can learn from defeat being comfortable with that scenario is not an option.“It’s been an interesting journey over the last few years. We’ve obviously been consistently good at achieving a high standard of performance, but in the big games it is a coin toss as to who wins, and the coin has been heavily loaded on one side.“It doesn’t pray on my mind, and people think that’s rubbish as it must do, but there is so much that has happened since then. Your career defined by moments and you are constantly going through new experiences, so it is sort of in the past for me really.“It is something I am glad that’s happened. To celebrate success you have to acknowledge that defeat has been part of that and it gives you a rounded view of the game. You don’t want to get too comfortable with that but losing is part of being a professional sportsman.“You learn from successes and defeats and you can’t stand still as teams are evolving all the time. If you win the Grand Final, you need to learn from that as if you don’t you won’t be back here again. But there is no magic formula to winning the match. It is down to hard work and luck.“If we work hard, be honest and confident then good things will happen. Leeds will do the same of course and they are in good form with fantastic experienced players.”He continued: “Our youngsters have become men this season well before the two wins over Wigan. Leeds away was an iconic game for them. Both Jonny [Lomax] and Lee [Gaskell] came into the team and played well. That gave them the confidence to go on and prove what players they are. Now they will be wanting to produce one more for the club.“It’s great to be around the kids as a senior player. At Quins the other week I was the second oldest player in the team. I am enjoying the role of being part of their development and I enjoy their energy, ambition and drive too as well as their naivety at times.“It is an attractive quality to be around and it’s great that we can learn a lot from each other.”
The 37 players come from a number of clubs in the North West including our community clubs.We wish them all the best in their time at the club – now the hard work starts!Under 16s/Year 11:Brandon O’Neill – Leigh Miners – HookerBrandon Scully – Blackbrook – Second RowCameron Hethrington – Dalton – PropEthan Yates – Hindley – PropJack Roughley – Blackbrook Blues – PropJack Welsby – Blackbrook – Stand OffJake Arnold – Rylands – Centre/WingJake Wingfield – Blackbrook – Hooker/Loose ForwardJamie Little – Blackbrook – Full BackJosh Hadland – Rylands – Second RowJosh Simm – Thatto Heath – Loose ForwardJosh Waterworth – Leigh Miners Rangers – Scrum HalfKelvin Ojeaburu – Oldham St Anne’s – WingKian Horridge – Shevington – PropKiye Siyani – Blackbrook – PropMatthew Elwell – Halton Hornets – CentreMatthew Foster – Blackbrook – Loose Forward/Second RowReece Wilkinson – Seaton Rangers – Second RowZak Critchley – Oldham St Anne’s – Second RowUnder 15’s/Year 10:Ben Betts – Leigh Miners – Second RowCallum Taylor – Saddleworth Rangers – CentreDanny Jones – Blackbrook – Centre/Second RowEthan Caine – Halton Hornets – Loose ForwardHarvey McDaid – Halton Hornets – Full Back/WingJack Taylor – Halton Hornets – CentreJamah Sambou – Woolston Golds – Second RowJamie Pye – Thatto Heath – PropJoe Spencer – Blackbrook – PropKeenan McDaid – Halton Hornets – Stand Off/HookerLewis Baxter – Wigan St Judes – Loose Forward/Second RowLewis Dodd – Halton Hornets – Scrum HalfMathew Holland – Blackbrook – HookerMatthew Duckworth – Chorley Panthers – Second RowRyan Appleton – Blackbrook – Centre/WingTom Gorton – Folly Lane – WingTom Williams – Chorley Panthers – Full Back/Stand OffWill Smith – Halton Hornets – Centre/WingWill Toone – Folly Lane – Prop
SAINTS continued their proud record of not having lost to our nearest and dearest in this version of the Reserve’s with a hard fought 32-12 victory at Robin Park on Saturday, writes Graham Henthorne.But any Saints fan turning up would have wondered if his side had just gone on a signing spree with four new faces lining up alongside the regulars.Signings yes but only on a temporary basis. Four to be precise, all from Hull KR which allows them to gain some much needed game time and also allowed the Reserves to complete this fixture.Four games in a short space of time coupled with the Saints injury list over the whole age range had left the Saints looking for players with yours truly only just being able to get out of a call-up (something nobody would’ve wanted)!Both sides took while to get used to the unfamiliar surroundings and in the Saints case unfamiliar faces and it was a full 19 minutes before Joe Cator opened the scoring on his Saints debut.Poor handling, which dogged the Saints all game allowed the home side to equalise quickly.The Saints regained the lead on 29 minutes as Liam Cooper marked his return from a long injury lay off with a well-deserved try.He game was taken from the reaches of the home team as the Saints scored twice in as many minutes to streak into an 18 point lead.Firstly Dave Eccleston crossed before Regan Grace scored with Danny Richardson converting both.Poor defence allowed the home side to have a sniff of a chance as they scored on the half time whistle.The first half lead had been built on a solid defensive display and this was again on show after the break as the Saints repelled all borders to keep the homesters at bay for long periods of time.The gravity of the situation was shown as the Saints chose to let Richardson take a penalty as one appeared. He duly obliged to push the lead out to three scores again before Calvin Wellington put the icing on the cake with the Saints fifth try of the game.From an attacking point of view the game was best forgotten but the defensive effort from all 17 players was the key to this success.Match Summary:Wigan:Tries: Callum Field, Sammy KibulaGoals: Josh Woods 2Saints:Tries: Joe Cator (19), Liam Cooper (25), Dave Eccleston (35), Regan Grace (36), Calvin Wellington (70).Goals: Danny Richardson 6.Half Time: 12-24Full Time: 12-32Teams:Wigan:1. Gabriel Fell; 2. Greg Mullen, 14. James Worthington, 4. James Barran, 25. Sam Grant; 6. Grant Gore, 7. Josh Woods; 8. Calum Field, 9. Josh Ganson, 10. Olly Partington, 11. Patrick Casey, 12. Liam Paisley, 13. Sammy Kibula. Subs: 13. Luke Waterworth, Josh Houghton, 16. Liam Byrne, 20. Joe Brown, 17. Nathan Wilde, 19. Joe Shorrocks, 23. Caine Barnes.Saints:1. Ricky Bailey; 2. Kevin Brown, 3. Dave Eccleston, 4. Calvin Wellington, 5. Regan Grace; 6. Matty Fleming, 7. Danny Richardson; 17. Jack Ashworth, 9. Aaron Smith, 8. Greg Richards, 11. Liam Cooper, 12. Joe Cator, 13. Jonah Cunningham. Subs: 10. Brad Clavering, 15. Will Jubb, 16. George Milton, 19. Jordan Gibbons.Pics courtesy of Sean Gosling.
Saints supporters will be predominately based in the Streford End (West Stand) of Old Trafford for the match that kicks off at 6pm on Saturday October 13.Prices are:CategoryAdultsConcessions / Juniors3£50n/a4£40£305£30£22.506£20£15All seats are sold on a best available basis in each category.We would advise fans to buy tickets online as this is the best way of securing your tickets and avoiding any potential queue at the Totally Wicked Stadium.Coach travel is also available, priced at £10 for Members and £11 for non-Members.Ticket Sales:DateWhereTimeOnlineFriday October 5South East Concourse1pm – 6pmwww.saintssuperstore.comSaturday October 6South East Concourse9am – 6pmwww.saintssuperstore.comSunday October 7South East Concourse10am – 4pmwww.saintssuperstore.comMonday October 8Ticket Office9am – 5pmwww.saintssuperstore.comTuesday October 9Ticket Office9am – 5pmwww.saintssuperstore.comTicket sales are whilst stocks last.If you have submitted a What If Form then this will be processed and tickets made available to collect from the Ticket Office from Tuesday October 9.If you have selected postage, then they will be posted out to you.Due to anticipated high demand, we will not be able to sell tickets by telephone.We encourage fans to purchase their tickets at www.saintssuperstore.comAny disabled supporters who haven’t already contacted the Ticket Office are advised to contact us on 01744 455 081. We have very limited disabled and carer tickets available. These will be available on a first come first served basis.Disabled supporters can purchase tickets directly from the RFL on 0844 856 1113.