Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.At the end of a long day filled with discussion about which of the Brexit options would gain a majority in parliament, MPs voted in favour of… nothing, again. Having given themselves the opportunity to express support for an alternative to Theresa May’s Brexit deal and force the Prime Minister’s hand, the Commons asked itself ‘what do we want to do about Brexit’ and replied ‘dunno’. Another round of indicative votes will likely be held on Wednesday, but there is no doubt that the ‘no, no, no, no’ outcome last night was “disappointing”, as Jeremy Corbyn put it.Actually, disappointing is an understatement. Labour members and MPs are furious with the government, Tories and each other. The motion for another referendum received the most support but was rejected by 12 votes, while the customs union proposal enjoyed the slimmest defeat of just three votes (reflecting the same pattern as last week’s results). There was hope that Common Market 2.0, with new Labour and SNP backing, would do very well. Ultimately, it fared much better than last time but was defeated by 21. So, what happened? Why couldn’t MPs get their act together and settle on a compromise?The answer is very simple: too many weren’t willing to compromise. Almost everyone in Westminster – myself included – has expected MPs to shift their red lines as the exit date nears. Because that would be the reasonable thing to do, particularly now that the EU has told us to find an alternative by April 12th or risk leaving without a deal. But some are still voting only for their first preference, not for all the alternatives that they could live with, which was supposed to be the point of this indicative process.Although Common Market 2.0 advocate Stephen Kinnock has serious reservations about another referendum, he switched from abstaining to voting for the Kyle/Wilson idea. Was this repaid in kind? No – those most strongly in favour of a public vote spurned the chance to support a softer Brexit than May’s deal. Incredibly, six Labour MPs (plus all ex-Labour “Change UK” MPs) who defied the whip back in June to vote *for* the EEA decided to defy the whip again – this time to vote *against* a Norway-style arrangement. Whether they are aware that ‘Remain’ vs ‘Remain’ isn’t possible to have on the ballot paper is unclear.There is also a lot of anger towards the Labour leadership for letting those rebels in frontbench positions off the hook. Andrew Gwynne switched from abstaining to voting in favour of a public vote, but shadow cabinet members Ian Lavery and Jon Trickett remain implacably opposed to the idea and again abstained – as did nine junior shadow ministers. There seems to be no consistency in whether frontbenchers have to resign if they defy the whip on this issue.Whatever your position on Brexit, pro-PV or not, there is something to be incensed by – and frankly all of the anger is understandable. Of course Labour MPs are exhausted and simply doing what they believe is right. But that can be difficult to remember when – along with “Change UK” and the Lib Dems – have been just as uncompromising as the Tories who are still voting against May’s deal even though they’d prefer it to any Brexit option other than no deal, and just as unwilling to shift their red lines as the Prime Minister.Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Brexit /Indicative votes /
SAINTS have announced their squad for Sunday’s Stobart Super League Round 16 game against Hull FC at the KC Stadium.Ade Gardner, Anthony Laffranchi and Francis Meli miss out through injury whilst Shaun Magennis is unavailable through suspension.Tommy Makinson returns as does Mark Flanagan, Carl Forster, Josh Jones, Adam Swift and Lee Gaskell whilst Tony Puletua will make his 100th appearance for the Saints.The squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax, 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Chris Flannery, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Andy Dixon, 20. Lee Gaskell, 21. Tommy Makinson, 25. Carl Forster, 26. Josh Jones, 34. Adam Swift.Peter Gentle will choose from:2. Will Sharp, 4. Kirk Yeaman, 5. Tom Briscoe, 6. Richard Horne, 7. Brett Seymour, 9. Danny Houghton, 10. Andy Lynch, 11. Willie Manu, 12. Danny Tickle, 13. Joe Westerman, 15. Richard Whiting, 16. Eamon O’Carroll, 17. Sam Moa, 19. Jordan Turner, 22. Martin Aspinwall, 23. Ben Crooks, 28. Danny Nicklas, 34. Jay Pitts, 36. Matthew Russell.The game kicks off at 3pm and the referee is Thierry Alibert.Tickets are still available for the fixture and details are here.Stat Pack:2012 Meeting:St Helens 10, Hull FC 22 (SLR6, 9/3/12)Super League Summary:Hull FC won 10St Helens won 23 (includes win in 2006 Grand Final and wins in 2001 and 2006 play-offs)One drawUps and Downs:Hull FC highest score: 44-6 (H, 2005) (also widest margin)St Helens highest score: 74-16 (H, 1999) (also widest margin)
THE Saints produced the performance of the season to topple Leeds Rhinos 26-24 on their own midden and gain a modicum of revenge for the defeat earlier in the season.The early exchanges showed just how even a match this was going to be as both sides had to be on their mettle to keep their line intact.It was the home side that managed to turn some early pressure into points as a miss pass created space for the winger to cross in the corner.On their next set from the kick off, big drives from James Tilley and the ever improving Olly Davies down the left saw the Saints close. As the ball was spread right Greg Wilde’s half break and offload gave just enough space for Lewis Galbraith to touch down in the corner. Lewis Charnock’s majestic touchline conversion gave the Saints the lead.It was all Saints now as the pack began to get the better of their counterparts. Greg Richards broke the line taking the ball to the fullback only to be tackled looking for support. Connor Dwyer’s pass to Ben Parry was knocked down for a Saints scrum on the Leeds 10 metre line. The Saints battered the line only to see Danny Yates’ delightful grubber somehow missed by Parry and Jack Ashworth in the corner.From the restart sloppy tackling down the middle allowed the home side to regain the lead and it was extended five minutes later as they again exploited Saints’ right edge defence.This put the Saints eight points behind and you sensed that another try to the home side may blow the game wide open.The Saints were having none of it, however, as Connor Dwyer ruthlessly punished the Rhinos for a penalty on their own 30 whilst in possession. Dwyer ran a great line to take Yates’ short ball and score under the black dot.Despite being two points behind all was positive in the Saints dressing room as the players acknowledged that they could all do better and that they were unlucky to be behind having been held up over the line and had a try chalked off for a forward pass.Again the second period started like the first with both teams testing each other out and the home side scoring first from a dummy half sneak at the line.But that was as good as it got for the Rhinos as the Saints pack showed real character to haul themselves back into the game.The comeback was sparked by André Savelio who had an immense game as his first back after a prolonged time out with illness. He swatted off four would-be tacklers on a mazy 20 metre run before offloading to Adam Saunders. From the play the ball Yates’ was held up over the line and his cross kick on the last was just too far for Ben Parry to catch and touchdown.The home side were rocking though and the breakthrough came around the hour mark. Tilley was again held short but quick hands to the right from the play the ball gave Saunders space to put a miss pass out to Galbraith for the winger to get his second of the game.From the kick off the Saints came charging back with Savelio held up over the line for a third time. From the restart Tilley again went close but from the restart Charnock strolled over unopposed and converted his try to give the Saints the lead.Charnock was again on hand to put Greg Wilde in at the right corner but with a little over eight minutes to go he slipped on taking the vital conversion which would have given the Saints a two score cushion.In the spirit of making a fabulous spectacle of the game the Saints conceded a try in the corner but the conversion went wide.The final three minutes were nerve wracking but the Saints held on for a massive victory, only surpassed by the celebration in the dressing room afterwards.Half backs Charnock, Yates and Dave Hewitt led the team around the park well, Dom Speakman and Lewis Foster were lively at the play the ball and the back line is growing in stature each game. But hats must be taken off to the forwards who outshone their bigger opposition and when the chips were down came up snarling with desire and the Saints deservedly got the spoils.Match Summary:Leeds:Tries: Ash Handley 2, Elliot Minichella, Matty Dudman, Jacob Morgan.Goals: Ben Light 2.Saints:Tries: Lewis Galbraith 2, Lewis Charnock, Greg Wilde, Connor Dwyer.Goals: Lewis Charnock 3.Half Time: 12-14Full Time: 26-24Teams:Leeds:1. Josh Sunley; 5. James Duckworth, 3. Thomas Minns, 4. Alex Foster, 2. Ash Handley; 6. Ben Light, 7. Robbie Ward; 8. Liam McEvoy, 9. Vila Halafihi, 10. Jordan Baldwinson, 11. Elliot Minichella, 12. Mason Tonks, 13. George Milton.Subs: 14. Matty Dudman, 15. Matty Blake, 16. Jacob Morgan, 17. Rob Mulhern.Saints:1. Adam Saunders; 2. Lewis Galbraith, 4. Jack Ashworth, 3. Greg Wilde, 5. Ben Parry; 6. Lewis Charnock, 7. Danny Yates; 10. James Tilley, 9. Dom Speakman, 8. Greg Richards, 11. Olly Davies, 12. André Savelio, 13. Connor Dwyer.Subs: 14. Lewis Foster, 15. Adam Hesketh, 19. Chris Webster, 20. Dave Hewitt.