A Conservative election promise to tackle some of the discrimination faced by disabled people appears to have been abandoned, with no mention of the pledge in yesterday’s Queen’s speech.The manifesto promise to “review disabled people’s access and amend regulations if necessary to improve disabled access to licensed premises, parking and housing” was absent from the speech and the associated briefing notes.The speech includes 27 bills and draft bills that the government plans to introduce over the next two years, with much of its focus on the process of leaving the European Union, and it also details 30 pages of non-legislative action the government plans to take.But the only mentions of disabled people in the 82-page briefing document come in the pledge to “make further progress to tackle the gender pay gap and discrimination against people on the basis of their sexuality, faith, disability, gender or race”.The associated two-paragraph section on disability refers only to measures the government has already taken, appointing 11 new disability sector champions, and continuing efforts to promote the use of social enterprises that support disabled people.There was also no mention of the need for more accessible housing in the Queen’s speech, or in the briefing notes.But separate plans to address the discrimination faced by people with mental health conditions in the workplace were included in the speech.The prime minister (pictured) had promised before the election that there would be “sweeping changes to the Equality Act”, and that a Conservative government would reform the act to prevent workplace discrimination, to protect employees with “intermittent” conditions such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder.Although yesterday’s speech made no mention of such legislative change, there is a reference to the pledge in the briefing notes, which say the government will look at how to ensure “those with mental ill health are treated fairly, protected from discrimination, and employers fulfil their responsibilities effectively”.On its wider plans for mental health reform, there apparently will be no new bill in the next two years, even though the Tories had promised in their manifesto to introduce “the first new Mental Health Bill for 35 years”.Instead, the briefing notes promise to “work towards a new Mental Health Act” and “consider what further reform of mental health legislation is necessary, including changes in how the [Mental Health Act] is implemented on the ground”.This will include examining why rates of detention under the act are increasing, and why a disproportionate number of black people are being detained, as well as a review of community treatment orders, which are being used far more often than intended when they were introduced by the last Labour government.The government also promises to publish a green paper on children and young people’s mental health.There will be relief among human rights campaigners that there was no mention in the speech of scrapping the Human Rights Act.Last year, user-led organisations warned that the government’s “horrifying” plans to replace the act with a British bill of rights would lead to a loss of vital legal protection for disabled people.That bill was mentioned in last year’s Queen’s speech but was never introduced, and the 2017 Conservative election manifesto said that a Tory government would not consider replacing the Human Rights Act until the process of leaving the European Union had concluded.Another omission from the Queen’s speech likely to please many disabled activists was the prime minister’s plan to increase the number of grammar schools.Laws currently ban any new selective schools and prevent existing non-selective schools from becoming selective, but the government wanted to expand existing grammar schools, create new selective schools and allow non-selective schools to become selective.Inclusive education campaigners say that expanding grammar schools – secondary schools which select pupils via an entrance test – will discriminate against disabled children and lead to more segregated education in special schools.A spokesman for the Department for Education suggested yesterday (Wednesday) that the government had not yet abandoned its plans, despite there being no mention of grammar schools in the Queen’s speech or the briefing notes.He said the government would be responding to its Schools that Work for Everyone consultation “in due course”, and added: “Grammar schools are part of that consultation. It will set out our plans for everything within the consultation.”
“I think Rachel Sylvester and Alice Thompson who wrote that piece ought to be ashamed of themselves. No wonder British journalism is held in such low esteem throughout Europe. It was a disgraceful thing. It was fake news, it was lies, it was distortions. Jeremy Corbyn is as fit as a fiddle. He’s one of the strongest individuals I’ve ever met. People 20 years younger can’t keep up with him. There’s nothing wrong with Jeremy.”They were quoting anonymous senior civil servants. “Oh, I could do that… I’m not a journalist but I can easily do a piece about you saying anonymous individuals in the BBC said this or said that. Anyone can do that.”So you don’t believe that civil servants have been saying these things? “I don’t believe so. I don’t believe them at all. It’s the Murdoch press, of course they’re going to attack and try to undermine Jeremy.”On whether Corbyn will step down this year: “Absolutely not. It’s fake news. Jeremy is a strong leader and people should stop putting him under pressure. Even from comrades of the left, Paul Mason, who seems to have lost his marbles.” Ridge on SundayJohn McDonnell talked about plans for the economy, his frustration with Labour’s Brexit position and anger about Labour and antisemitism.On the economy… Is capitalism working? “Not effectively.”On the idea of scrapping Inheritance Tax and replacing it with a Lifetime Gifts Tax: “I think it’s interesting.”On the idea of Capital Gains Tax being introduced when you sell a house: “We haven’t really looked at that because we feel that that most probably won’t be the fairest way of going about it, but we have looked at Capital Gains Tax reform with regards to shareholdings and others.”On Labour’s ideal economy: “I want to see a transformed economy so not capitalism as it now operates. I’d like to transform the way we operate, I’d like to see that we have an economy which is working for everybody.” Is that socialism? “Yes.”On Brexit…Frustrated? “A little bit… He had a meeting on the Monday before the last shadow cabinet and I thought the next day we were going to move further. He’s asked for a bit more time. Fair enough, I don’t mind that.”Is it inevitable that Labour will back Remain? “We’ll see what comes out of consultations… Everyone should have their say, whether it’s a national executive member, a shadow cabinet member or an affiliated trade union.”On Labour and antisemitism…“What angers me is that we are an anti-racist party. We should be leading the campaign against antisemitism in society overall, and this is holding us back. What we’ve got to do is move forward now – and I think the investigation by the EHCR will help us in doing this, whatever recommendations come out of that we must adopt and hopefully then have a clean bill of health.” It’s been reported that John McDonnell compared Labour’s stance on Brexit to a “slow motion car crash”. @SophyRidgeSky asks the Shadow Chancellor if this is what he thinks #Ridge pic.twitter.com/QaGSmKhNA5— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) June 30, 2019Boris Johnson also appeared on the show and rejected any responsibility for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s situation. He refused to apologise for past comments on black people and Muslim women, which he described as “satirical” or taken “out of context”. Labour’s equalities spokesperson Dawn Butler commented: “Boris Johnson’s defence of his racist and homophobic comments is despicable and disappointing. At a time when racist and homophobic hate crime is rising in our society, his refusal to apologise for his disgusting remarks legitimises and fuels this prejudice.”The Andrew Marr ShowLen McCluskey said he would be happy with two public votes: a general election, then a ‘confirmatory’ vote on Labour’s negotiated Brexit deal. He generally encouraged people to let Jeremy Corbyn take his time on Brexit. On the Times story, the Unite general secretary suggested the quotes from senior civil servants weren’t real but fabricated by journalists to damage Corbyn (which is not Labour’s position on the story).On Brexit…“Firstly, I’d like a public vote of a general election. That’s the only thing that can sort out the mess that we’re currently in… The second public vote I’d like is, if Labour win that election and they are able to negotiate a deal to take us out of Europe, which I believe will satisfy both the 48% and the 52%, I’d like that to go back to a confirmatory vote, to the public. So I’m in favour of two.”“After the European elections, I appealed to people to calm down. There seems to be a panic to rush in order to establish a different position from one the Labour Party’s had for a couple of years now, which is respecting the 2016 referendum and trying to negotiate a deal that would unite the nation.”On the shadow cabinet ‘winning’: “He’s not being bullied into any position by anybody. What he’s doing, Andrew, is he’s consulting. He’s consulting with the trade unions, he’s consulting with members, he’s consulting with the NEC, and then we’ll have a proper debate. There’s no panic at the moment.”On Labour supporting a public vote on any deal: “I think that’s perfectly understandable in the current situation. And I’m comfortable with that. The problem is how do you get there? Which is why, to repeat, a general election and then a deal that’s negotiated by a Labour government should go back for a confirmatory vote.”On how he would vote in a referendum between Remain and no deal: Unite’s executive would decide but “if we were faced with a situation of either no deal or remain, I suspect we would campaign for remain.”On Theresa May’s deal: “If it encompassed a customs union, customs arrangements… that is the type of deal that I’d be comfortable to see go through.”As LabourList reported at the start of the week, he dismissed the YouGov poll showing trade unionists overwhelmingly back Remain. “Andrew, you’re talking about this opinion poll that was commissioned by the Public Vote people.” He added: “It is absolute nonsense. I’m surprised you’re giving it such credence. Apparently 355 Unite members, who self-identified as Unite members – I don’t know that they are – gave a response. Here’s the truth: my union constantly talks to 20,000 Unite members across all sectors. I have 300 – Andrew, this is important – I have 300 constitutional committees, none of whom are seeking a second referendum. I have 100 convenors from all out top manufacturing companies… none of whom are seeking a second referendum.”Is it not now time for Unite and for the Labour Party to be campaigning openly to remain? “No. No, it isn’t. We have to wait to see what will unfold.”“We’ve got a policy conference coming up in less than 12 weeks. Let Jeremy Corbyn consult. My message to Labour MPs and to our Labour members is Jeremy’s done okay so far, so let’s trust him to consult and see what emerges.”On getting a Brexit deal through parliament: “My understanding is there’s as many as 40, even 60, Labour MPs who are part of the Respect the Result group. And that’s why a second referendum is difficult to see emerging.”On The Times story about Corbyn being “too frail” to be Prime Minister… Len McCluskey: “I’m comfortable” for any #Brexit deal to be put to a public voteThe General Secretary of the Unite Union says: “The problem is how you get there”#Marr https://t.co/BVuXhwDFkC pic.twitter.com/VnoHGMbaFa— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) June 30, 2019 Tags:Unite /Len McCluskey /John McDonnell /Sunday shows /Sunday shows round-up /
THE Club has decided to defer its grand opening black tie dinner, currently scheduled for January 21, to the evening of Saturday March 10 in order to avoid undue congestion of celebrations and events surrounding the commencement of the first season at Langtree Park.We are mindful of placing too many demands on sponsors and supporters over too short a period, even at this extraordinarily exciting time for all concerned.We therefore wish to give as many as possible a proper opportunity to attend what will be a fabulous evening at the Grand Opening Dinner, and consider this best achieved if it takes place on March 10.The Dinner will start with Champagne and Canapés in Premier Club followed by a welcome from Eamonn McManus and a sumptuous three-course meal.There will also be highlights from the 2011 Super League season and interviews with fans and players about the excitement and buzz around St Helens as we look forward to a new era.To finish, as well as being able to mingle, there will be a fantastic comedian and live music.Tickets to the event are priced at £80 each and are limited.To buy call the Hospitality Team on 01744 455 053 from January 3.You can also email [email protected]
COMFORTABLE surroundings, great food and great drink… the Red V Café Bar will be open on Friday as Saints take on Catalan… and Saints Gold is just £2 a pint!Next to the Club Shop the enhanced bar will be open all day – with Wish FM broadcasting live from the venue from 2pm – before the Super League clash.From around 6.30pm, Paul Sculthorpe, Tommy Martin and Ade Gardner will be around to talk rugby and there will be music and rugby quizzes right up to the kick off at 8pm.Then you can watch the match live on our giant screen.Saints Gold will be on sale for £2 a pint throughout the night and there will be special canapé sized taster bites of the new sandwich menu that will be unveiled shortly.We’ll also be launching our stunning interactive heritage display too where you will be able to while away the hours discovering what makes the Saints so special.And the club store will be open until 7pm so you can grab a bargain and renew your season ticket.The Red V Café Bar is open throughout the week for great food and drink in a unique and relaxing atmosphere.Surrounded by images depicting Saints great past, it is ideal for a business meeting, if you’re passing for a brew or when your family is trudging around the shops.It will be open 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday and over the weekend for special sporting events.#comethrillmeagain
SAINTS face Warrington Wolves in their seventh and final match of the First Utility Super League Super 8s phase this evening.The Match Sponsor is Hattons Solicitors with the Matchball sponsored by Adele Carr.You can find out more about our match partners here.Team NewsKeiron Cunningham has named his 19-man squad for the match and you can find out more here.TicketsTickets for the game are available from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park and by calling 01744 455 052. There will be cash turnstiles on the Hattons Solicitors West, McLoughlin and Harvey East and Totally Wicked North Stands this evening. If you require a Solarking South Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office.Saints SuperstoreThe Saints Superstore will be open until kick-off and for an hour afterwards.This week’s programme features Louise Fildes’ review of the season and the thoughts of Eamonn McManus, Keiron Cunningham and Jon Wilkin. There’s also the latest news and views from around the club and our community teams.Today’s stickers are Mark Flanagan and a double one that features Adam Quinlan and Shannon McDonnell.Today’s programme is available on the concourse as well as in the Saints Superstore and is sponsored by Tecmark. TravelIf you haven’t planned your trip to Langtree Park, then take a look at our Travel Section for the best ways of getting to the stadium. Arriva are operating their special fare for season ticket holders.Matchday Car Parking details are here.GamedayThere will be the usual performance from the Heart of Glass Saints Angels and the Cash Dash Draw is also on sale – check out the great prizes on their page!Irn-BruIrn-Bru are donating 20p from every bottle sold at Langtree Park and Tesco St Helens to the Steve Prescott Foundation. This will continue throughout the rest of the season.Warm Up TopsSaints will once again be wearing Bone Cancer Research Trust t-shirts to highlight the charity’s work.OD’s Crossbar ChallengeThe half time crossbar game returns with participants having the chance to win £100 in ODs vouchers. Click here to find out how to be involved.
OUR Meet the Tourists series continues with numbers six to ten.6. Matthew Costello – Full Back from Orrell St James and St Peters Catholic High SchoolHe is sponsored by Expressions of BeautyPrevious Number 6’s:2004 – Ashley Elsley (Hensingham)2006 – Matthew Clarke (Pilkington Recs)2009 – Liam Fishwick (Bold Miners)2011 – Mike Fields (Bold Miners)2013 – Jonah Cunningham (Blackbrook)7. Joshua Eaves – Hooker from Haresfinch Hawks & Clock Face Miners, and St Augustines of Canterbury Catholic High SchoolHe is sponsored by Simon Ross Painting and DecoratingPrevious Number 7’s:2004 – Chris Frodsham (Blackbrook)2006 – Scott Clarke (Thatto Heath Crusaders)2009 – Carl Forster (Thatto Heath Crusaders)2011 – Lewis Foster (Thatto Heath Crusaders and Portico Vine)2013 – Oliver Davies (Orrell St James)8. Alex Eckley – Second Row/Prop from Pilkington Recs and Rainford High Technology CollegeHe is sponsored by IED Installations Limited, Dave Hill Supertrucks, Paul Little Roofing Services, Pilkington Recs and C & S Tyres Earthmover & Industrial TyresPrevious Number 8’s:2004 – Scott Holland (Blackbrook)2006 – Tom Colborn (Blackbrook)2009 – Jack Franics (Saddleworth Rangers)2011 – Matthew Fozard (West Bank Bears)2013 – David Eccleston (Blackbrook)9. Danny Edwards – Second Row from Thatto Heath and The Sutton AcademyHe is sponsored by Pinder and Sims, Cottams Tiles, Roscoe Tyres, Terraclean, Dimension Data Network Services and The Bull and DogPrevious Number 9’s:2004 – Dave Lowe (Pilkington Recs)2006 – Tom Connick (Pilkington Recs)2009 – Tom Fry (Halton Farnworth Hornets)2011 – Lewis Galbraith (Oldham St Anne’s & Saddleworth Rangers)2013 – Lewis Fairhurst (Hindley)10. Robert Fairclough – Scrum Half from Blackbrook and Hope AcademyHe is sponsored by Tisdalls Electrical Ltd, Sun Centre World Ltd and BritplasPrevious Number 10’s:2004 – Nick Manchester (Pilkington Recs)2006 – Jamie Dickinson (Thatto Heath Crusaders)2009 – Josh Greaves (Pilkington Recs)2011 – Jordan Heaton (Ince Rosebridge)2013 – Matty Fleming (Bold Miners)