Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Theresa May’s efforts to woo Labour MPs into voting for her Brexit deal next week are not going well. Earlier this week, her offer of a £1.6bn fund for deprived towns was described as a “Brexit bribe” and dismissed by Labour ‘inbetweeners’ such as Lisa Nandy, who want to be convinced but have not been so far. Yesterday the Prime Minister unveiled the plan that actually had potential to win over opposition backbenchers: concessions on workers’ rights. But that, too, has fallen flat.Only John Mann and Jim Fitzpatrick are pleased (and will be voting for the deal). All the major players in the trade union movement – the TUC’s Frances O’Grady, GMB’s Tim Roache, Unison’s Dave Prentis – have rejected the proposals. Unite’s Len McCluskey, widely considered to be the most enthusiastic about getting a Brexit deal passed, came to a similar conclusion in a tweet last night: “This is reheated leftover announcements.” Even in this desperate situation, facing the likely possibility that MPs will vote to extend Article 50 if her deal doesn’t pass, the PM cannot deliver the goods.Although the Brexit date is just over three weeks away, both main parties are engulfed in racism rows. Sayeeda Warsi has finally got coverage for her description of the Conservative Party as “institutionally Islamophobic”. She told Newsnight last night that Sajid Javid may pander to the Tory right with “dog whistles”, but they will still “believe he’s far too Muslim to be the leader”.Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn, the shadow cabinet and over 100 MPs have all contacted the Jewish Labour Movement urging it to stay affiliated to the party. According to JLM sources, there is very little chance that the group will vote (indicatively at this point, as formal decisions are to be made at the AGM next month) to break away from Labour. The member-only meeting tonight in London (there’s one in Manchester too) is set to kick off with speeches by Margaret Hodge, Louise Ellman and Ruth Smeeth, all expected to deliver strong “stay and fight” messages. Indeed, so far, there is no end in sight to the fighting.Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Theresa May /Labour /Sayeeda Warsi /Margaret Hodge /Jeremy Corbyn /Louise Ellman /Ruth Smeeth /Brexit /JLM /
TONY Puletua believes if Saints keep doing the small things well, then it could be a very successful season. The 31-year-old forward has been going great guns this season and along with James Roby have been stalwarts of the pack.“It’s going well,” he said, “but there’s always room for improvement and we always try to be better.“We have been working hard on a lot of things, little things really which are important to us, and we have kept it simple. We have then executed those things on the field.“But we know it is a big game today and we’re expecting a really tough match. It will be a great atmosphere with two passionate clubs going at it too.”There’s no doubt the match will be decided in the pack with two of the best going head to head.“Wigan are defensively strong and it is hard to get quick play the ball with them. But there are things we can do… but I’m not telling you what!“The pack have been playing well and they will be key this Friday. James Roby has been phenomenal for us and I have enjoyed playing off the back of him. If I get an opportunity to poke my head through the line I can always bet on Robes being there.“Josh has been big for us too, even though he will be injured for this game. He has brought a lot of experience to the club as he has played in big games and played for NSW and Australia.“The young guys who have come through have done really well and the whole team is happy for them. Jonny Lomax has been bossing me around the field which is great as he has such a kind nature about him and apologised after one game for ordering me about!“But that’s great as he has a lot of responsibility on him and he’s done a great job. I think he will be one of the big guns for the club in the future.”He continues: “We all know how big this game is and how passionate people are in the town for their Rugby League; especially when we play Wigan. It’s like it is the only game that matters.“I watched these games when I was young back home and they were always intense.“With regards to my future, there is a few things I need to discuss with my family back home but hopefully we can come to a final decision soon.“I have enjoyed being here, it is a great club with a massive history and they have been successful too. It has been an honour to be part of St Helens. Hopefully, everything can be taken care of off the field and I can still be a part of that.”
The youngster talks about where he came from and how he enjoyed his first senior game against Sheffield last week.