Month: July 2019
A new report has called for greater awareness of the rights enjoyed by disabled people through the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU), as the country moves towards Brexit.The Implications Of Brexit For Disability Rights looks for ways in which disability organisations can work together to push the government to ensure that disabled people’s rights do not suffer after the UK leaves the EU.And it describes the “key priorities” for disabled people in a post-Brexit Britain.The Disability Rights UK (DRUK) report warns that too much of the Brexit debate appears to be about trade tariffs rather than rights, and that disabled people “have too little awareness of their rights and what they can achieve”.It quotes disability consultant Jonathan Kaye, who has said he fears that unless those EU rights important to disabled people are highlighted during Brexit negotiations, most will “simply be disregarded and seen as being ‘unnecessary red tape’ once the UK formally leaves the EU”.Kaye says there are “literally thousands of regulations and rules governing the design, functionality and usability of almost every product and object in the home and general environment, indoors and outdoors, which contain elements of disability related consideration”, many of which have taken years of “painstaking and careful lobbying and dialogue”.The report does not take a position on whether leaving the EU was the right decision, and quotes a Papworth Trust survey which suggested last year that disabled people were slightly more likely to be in favour of leaving the EU (54 per cent) than the overall population who voted in the referendum (52 per cent).But it paints a clear picture of the potential risks of leaving the EU without paying attention to the impact of Brexit on disabled people’s rights.Philip Connolly (pictured), policy and development manager at DR UK, said he believed there would be “a lot of unity” among disability organisations and disabled people over the need for these issues to be addressed, whether individuals voted “remain” or to leave the EU, and whoever they voted for at the general election.Some of the major areas covered by EU action on disability include: access to air, ship, rail and coach travel; employment equality; Braille labelling on medicines; public procurement; funding for EU-level disabled people’s organisations (DPOs); other funding from the European Social Fund and European Regional Development Fund; accessibility of public sector websites; and schemes which provide mutual recognition of benefits when disabled people travel to other EU countries, such as with parking badges and health insurance.Another crucial benefit, provided through freedom of movement across the countries that are part of the European single market, has been the ready supply of committed and professional personal assistants, and care workers.Other concerns include the post-Brexit rights of disabled people from the UK currently living in other parts of the single market and of disabled people from those countries currently living in the UK.The report proposes a manifesto of eight points, which includes calling on the government to carry out a full assessment of the impact on disabled people of its future plans for freedom of movement across the EU.Connolly said that chancellor Philip Hammond had argued for an “open Brexit”, where “certain proportions of migrant labour are allowed into the UK, perhaps to do specific jobs in specific industries, and he’s saying this is in the interests of the British economy.“Our position is not massively dissimilar to that. We are saying that there are people who are doing a job, meeting the needs of disabled people, in the health service or social care sector, and these people should still be allowed into the UK so that disabled people can get support or live independent lives.“The chancellor’s call for an ‘open Brexit’ is opening a door that we want to go through as well.”The manifesto also calls for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to be given greater legal status in the UK.And it says the government should ensure that EU-based rights, such as regulations on access to air and ship travel and public sector web accessibility, are maintained post-Brexit.It also wants to see all those disability rights that are already incorporated into UK law remain unchanged, including regulations as well as primary legislation.Other demands include calling on the government to guarantee that it will match current EU spending on disability rights and DPOs in the UK after Brexit, and for it to pledge a continued commitment to the European Convention on Human Rights.The manifesto has already secured backing from a number of leading disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) including Action on Disability, Disability Wales, Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living, the National Survivor User Network, Shaping Our Lives, Spectrum, Spinal Injuries Association, York Independent Living Network, Breakthrough UK, Inclusion Scotland, Independent Lives and Real.The report was written by Professor Anna Lawson, head of the Centre for Disability Studies and the new Disability Law Hub at the University of Leeds, and Liz Sayce, recently retired as chief executive of DR UK.It was funded by The Legal Education Foundation, and was based largely on views expressed during public events on the impact of Brexit, interviews with DPOs and disabled people, discussions with experts from the Equality and Human Rights Commission and government, and analysis by Professor Lawson.Connolly said the all party parliamentary group on disability was likely to be addressing the issues raised by the report at a future meeting, which would provide a “very good opportunity” for disabled people to lobby their MP to attend the meeting and hear that “disabled people have a perspective on Brexit”.
A new campaign aims to highlight the achievements of Deaf and disabled women in Wales, and provide role models for disabled girls.Disability Wales (DW) – the national association of disabled people’s organisations in Wales – has been awarded funding for its Embolden campaign as part of the celebrations that will mark next year’s centenary of women in Britain obtaining the vote in March 1918.The grant comes from funding charity Spirit of 2012 – set up by the Big Lottery Fund – and the women’s rights charity the Fawcett Society.DW wants the Welsh public to nominate disabled women from Wales who have achieved in various categories – as community activists, in their career, in the arts, in sport, through their educational achievements, or in any other way.It is also looking for women from recent or distant history who have made a contribution to disability rights or have been allies of disabled women.Their stories and pictures will be used to create a campaign aimed at challenging myths and stereotypes about disability and highlighting them as role models.Dr Natasha Hirst, temporary policy and programmes manager for Disability Wales, told Disability News Service (DNS): “The achievements and successes of disabled women are just not visible at the moment.“We have young disabled girls looking out for role models but there are very few people for them to look to.“We do have our Paralympic athletes, but not everybody can aspire to become elite athletes.“There are other ways in which disabled women make important contributions – through their local communities, to academia, in their careers or setting up successful businesses.“We want to show the diversity of disabled women in Wales.”She said that, nearly 100 years on from securing the vote, disabled women still face dual discrimination.“We face gender discrimination because we are women, but we also face disability discrimination.“It does put far more barriers in the way for young girls who are disabled and who are looking to see what they can aspire to do.“There are very few people for them to look to. We want to find those case studies and celebrate them and challenge the perceptions of non-disabled people about disability.“We want to have conversations about what it means to be disabled and challenge those stereotypes and misconceptions that so many people hold.”Three disabled Welsh women have already been appointed as ambassadors for the Embolden campaign.Tina Evans has worked for BBC Wales as a researcher and for Disability Wales, where she learned about the social model of disability and how it “takes the self-blame away, and is very empowering”.She is also a “self-confessed adrenaline junkie”, including surfing (pictured), water-skiing, rock-climbing and skiing.DW says that “using her wheelchair as a tool for independence rather than a limitation, she constantly challenges expectations and norms about what a wheelchair-user can do with their life”.Evans is now employed on the work experience programme run by Hywel Dda University Health Board, which covers Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire in south Wales.She told DNS: “I want to be an ambassador just to show that being a disabled person doesn’t hold you back.“So much work has been done out there, so many initiatives that enable us to do things.“It enables me to do things that everybody else does, showing everyone that you do not have to let your impairment hold you back.“There is a lot of work to be done around access and attitudes but [I don’t want to] paint everyone with the same brush – there are a lot of people out there who haven’t got [a] negative attitude.”She added: “I like being a role model to other disabled people, just to show them that they are able to get on with things in life in general, and not to let their impairment hold them back.”Another ambassador is Sian Preddy, a BSL-user who is studying to become a midwife at the University of South Wales and will become the only Deaf midwife in Wales when she qualifies.DW said Preddy was “injecting her passion for deaf awareness into every academic and clinical setting she enters, supporting others to learn and develop by building a more equal playing field for many women to follow”.The third ambassador is author, broadcaster and disability consultant Rosaleen Moriarty-Simmonds, whose autobiography, Four Fingers And Thirteen Toes, intersperses her own story with the history of thalidomide, the drug that caused her impairments.DW said that Moriarty-Simmonds “strives to promote disability equality and the social model of disability through her consultancy work and speaking engagements”.Nominations for Embolden should be submitted by 28 August, with a shortlist to be announced next month, and an awards event to be held in March 2018.Rhian Davies, chief executive of Disability Wales, said: “Embolden is such an exciting initiative: Deaf and disabled women are too often invisible and this is a wonderful opportunity to share their achievements and really challenge people’s perceptions and expectations.“We look forward to receiving nominations from across Wales and all communities.”Sam Smethers, chief executive of the Fawcett Society, said: “It is vital that disabled women’s stories are told and that their voices are heard.“That’s why Fawcett is delighted to be supporting Disability Wales’ Embolden project.“Shattering the stereotypes that society holds about disabled women is vital to building a better society for us all.”
“A defiant man of the left.” That was how Walton’s Dan Carden recently described Eric Heffer, the constituency’s longest-serving MP, at the first ever memorial lecture in his name. In front of more than 100 Labour members and supporters at the Capstone Theatre in Liverpool, the Shadow International Development Secretary gave a touching, humourous account of Eric, who turned the seat into a stronghold for the Labour Party.Dan paid tribute to Eric’s life and legacy, and explored how his ideas of internationalist, democratic socialism can be applied today. “In his own words he was never a yes man,” began the Liverpool Walton MP, as he described what he said was an “enduring image” of Eric storming off stage at Labour conference in 1985, after Neil Kinnock denounced the actions of the Militant-dominated Labour council. Born in Hertford to a working-class family in 1922, he learnt the trade of a joiner and worked in construction from the age of 16. He originally joined the Communist Party, and was also active in the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers (ASW). “He would say he was not only born into the working class, but into the labour movement,” said Dan.Throughout World War II, he served in the Royal Air Force in a maintenance unit in Fazakerley, Liverpool. It was during the war that he met his wife Doris at a Communist Party meeting, and they married after the war ended in 1945.Eric returned to Liverpool in the late ’40s, when he threw himself into trade unionism. By then, he had rejected the Stalinist model and was kicked out of the Communist Party in 1948 for factionalism. He finally joined the Labour Party and became a delegate to the Liverpool Trades Council. He was influenced by the likes of Eugene Debs and Rosa Luxembourg, who was murdered a hundred years ago. “He found that [Luxembourg] represented all that was good with the socialist movement,” added Dan. “He didn’t just see politics in terms of organisation and struggle but in terms of culture, and he was fascinated by working-class artists like Arthur Dooley and Adrian Henri.” In the late ’50s, he became chair of Toxteth Constituency Labour Party, and spoke on many CND platforms before becoming a councillor and eventually the Walton MP in 1964, where he stayed until his death in 1991.Dan said: “Eric was asked once, ‘can Walton be described as beautiful?’ Taking it as a whole, the answer must be no, except for its people. There is a fierce pride in being a Liverpudlian, but to be a Waltonian is even better.”Eric thought that, to achieve its aims, Labour should use the ballot box but also use extra parliamentary activity such as demonstrations, marches and strikes. “The two are complimentary,” he said, later calling the miners’ strike“the greatest struggle of workers in Britain since the general strike of 1926”. He stood in the tradition of Labour’s first parliamentary leader Keir Hardie, saying that “there cannot be socialism without democracy – the two are indivisible”.As an internationalist, Eric had a simple approach to determining his foreign policy outlook, said Dan. He saw it as the Labour Party’s duty to support any group, anywhere in the world, that was fighting for independence and freedom. On a visit to Chile with MPs, President Allende described a vision of a socialist society that chimed with his own. No vast bureaucracy, but freedom, democracy, music and dance. After the US-backed coup in 1973, Eric wrote: “The ruling class only believe in democratic socialism when it supports them. When it doesn’t, they destroy it.” And when parliament was recalled to debate the Kuwait invasion in 1990, Eric would give his last speech in the House of Commons to urge the United Kingdom not to go to war. Speaking at the lecture, Dan said: “His lifetime pursuit of democratic socialism within the Labour Party is something I believe we are closer than ever to achieving under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.” The MP went on to speak of the UK’s relationship with the European Union ,and how Eric had supported, then rejected, membership of the European Economic Community. He was sacked from the Wilson government in 1975 for doing so but never lost his sense of priority, later writing: “I believe we should work for socialist and working-class internationalism in Europe without making the EEC the major issue of contention.”Dan said that Eric believed a truly socialist democratic Labour government must eliminate a class society, and made the case for public ownership as set out in the old Clause IV of the constitution. Neither did he want an all-pervading state, but instead many and varied forms of public ownership.Labour’s frontbench was still committed to that vision, Dan told us, before ending with the words of Tony Benn. “Eric will be remembered as a teacher, and teachers leave deeper footprints in the sands of time than those who passed by in their ministerial limousines. Above all, he taught us how to live and taught us how to die. No one can be expected to do more than that.”Stephen Delahunty is a freelance journalist.Tags:Liverpool /Labour /Dan Carden /Eric Heffer /
Just getting the train to Peterborough to campaign again for the excellent @LisaForbes_Voting Labour today is the only way to defeat the Brexit Party and their plans for a “No Deal” Brexit. As Donald Trump made clear that would pose a clear threat to our NHS. pic.twitter.com/H3B5D7WtGf— Richard Burgon MP (@RichardBurgon) June 6, 2019 Great to be out in #Peterborough for @LisaForbes_ w great Labour team from all over the country, out now w @Thelma_WalkerMP Luc & Roya #VoteLabour pic.twitter.com/aYCJxshyfE— chi onwurah (@ChiOnwurah) June 6, 201922.30 Remember when Farage conceded defeat in the early hours of the 2016 referendum night? Labour has a good chance, but let’s wait and see.22.27 Labour sources reckon it’ll be a close result. But frankly, nobody has a clue. Though according to Britain Elects, local Brexit Party activists have conceded defeat:Brexit Party activists conceding defeat, telling us Labour’s probably just pipped it.— Britain Elects (@britainelects) June 6, 201922.23 A few months ago, you might have assumed that Labour would be worried about their chances because ex-Labour MP Fiona Onasanya’s conviction could reflect badly on the party. But Labour quickly kicked her out of the party following the conviction, called for her to stand down as an MP and campaigned for the recall petition. Voters didn’t raise the issue on the doorstep. Instead, the main threat has come from Farage’s new outfit.As I wrote earlier this week, the most surprising thing about Peterborough was seeing how many Brexit Party campaigners had turned out. Of course, Farage’s party doesn’t have Labour’s historical data, but canvassers on polling day are important. A good get-out-the-vote operation is a key advantage when several parties are polling at around the same level.As Ian Warren @election_data explains: “It’s perfectly possible to win a seat like Peterborough with 30% of the vote. One of the underestimated aspects of a politics with four parties at between 16 and 24 per cent nationally. Effectively lowers the winning number.“At the next general election, if the current vote share holds, we’re going to see lots of seats where securing 30% is a winning number. Which means an efficient GOTV operation is a distinct advantage.”22.15 The Tories have been trying to tell voters that “it’s Labour or Conservatives in Peterborough”, Buzzfeed‘s Alex Wickham reports. But everyone expects either the Brexit Party to win, or Labour to scrape through. If Nigel Farage’s party fails to secure the seat, it’ll be a huge disappointment for them. Out campaigning in Peterborough @LisaForbes_ pic.twitter.com/VVKD3Ti4PX— Diane Abbott (@HackneyAbbott) June 6, 2019 Welcome to LabourList’s Peterborough by-election liveblog. Polls closed at 10pm and results are expected in the ‘early hours’. This liveblog has now closed.02.30 So, a Labour win in Peterborough. Lisa Forbes has been elected with a majority of 683 votes. Thank you for all those who stuck with us through this liveblog tonight. I’ll be back in the morning with the LabourList daily email – sign up if you aren’t already subscribed!02.27 Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has congratulated the new MP on Twitter “for running a people-powered campaign”.I’m delighted to congratulate @LisaForbes_ on winning the #PeterboroughByElection and for running a people powered campaign.Peterborough has again rejected Tory austerity – showing clear support for our programme of ending cuts, and investing in services and communities.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) June 7, 2019He says the result shows Labour’s anti-austerity message cut through, bypassing Brexit as the main issue for voters at the ballot box.This result shows that despite the divisions and deadlock over Brexit, when it comes to a vote on the issues that directly affect people’s lives, Labour’s case for real change has strong support across the country.I look forward to welcoming Lisa to parliament next week.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) June 7, 201902.18 The speech I was quoting from earlier, in full:The new MP for Peterborough Lisa Forbes #bbctw pic.twitter.com/ZbVah0aWMK— BBC This Week (@bbcthisweek) June 7, 201902.10 It’s only official when you get tagged in a graphic by your region. Labour East congratulates Lisa Forbes in this tweet.Congratulations @LisaForbes_ the new @UKLabour MP for Peterborough pic.twitter.com/yjPKzURMUx— Labour East (@EofELabour) June 7, 201902.07 Those results in full:Peterborough, full result:LAB: 30.9% (-17.2)BREX: 28.9% (+28.9)CON: 21.4% (-25.5)LDEM: 12.3% (+8.9)GRN: 3.1%UKIP: 1.2%CHR: 0.5%EDEM: 0.5%SDP: 0.4%MRLP: 0.3%IND: 0.3%CG: 0.2%RNW: 0.1%UKEU: 0.1%IND: 0.0% (5 votes)— Britain Elects (@britainelects) June 7, 201902.04 Speaking after her win, Forbes says, “The fact the Brexit party has been rejected in our city shows the politics of division will not win. I promise to work tirelessly for Peterborough, to make it a city we can be proud of. That work starts now.”02.00 Amid chants, of “Lisa, Lisa, Lisa”, the returning officer confirms Lisa Forbes is the new Labour MP for Peterborough, having won 10,484 votes.01.56 The BBC’s Iain Watson has just posted this… the declaration is imminent.Labour in high spirits here #PeterboroughByElection pic.twitter.com/eheKB2Il1M— iain watson (@iainjwatson) June 7, 201901.52 More messages of support suggesting Labour have won, this time from NEC member Huda Elmi, before the official results have been announced.Labour win on a platform of reversing cuts & investing in the economy. Messages that seem to have cut through in Peterborough if rumours are true. Well deserved victory for @LisaForbes_ , a brilliant socialist who will make a fantastic MP 🎉🎊🥰— Huda Elmi (@hudaelmi_) June 7, 201901.49 According to Labour MP Louise Haigh, Nigel Farage’s big moment at the count has been cancelled.Understand that Farage has just slunk out of the #PeterboroughByElection count— Louise Haigh MP (@LouHaigh) June 7, 201901.45 Labour’s NEC youth rep Lara McNeill has tweeted her thoughts on the by-election, noting that, regardless of whether Labour trounces the Tories, the party needs “to be better still”. McNeill also outlines her views on the party’s Brexit policy, suggesting better communication of party policy will be key to assisting Labour’s future electoral success.Whatever the result tonight, Labour are simply losing votes slower than the Tories (we got 48% of the votes in Peterborough last time) and will have benefitted from their demise.But we need to be better still. #PeterboroughByElection— Lara McNeill (@lara_eleanor) June 7, 201901.41 Sky is now showing a live image of the podium where the declaration of results is going to occur. Ridge says sources are confirming we’ll know the outcome in just 20 minutes…01.35 Back to This Week, Andrew Neil quotes shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry speaking as polls closed in the European elections, saying Labour should come out and campaign for a second referendum. Carden criticises Neil’s questioning, responding “This is the desperate attempt to put Labour into a box that says you only represent 48% or 52%. I believe in a policy that unites the country.”01.29 Labour activists and MPs alike want to go to bed. But stay up, because it could all be over very soon. Really.Is it really going to be 20 minutes because I want to go to bed— Jess Phillips (@jessphillips) June 6, 2019 I have an exam in the morning so can they hurry up with Peterborough already 🙏— Shelly Asquith (@ShellyAsquith) June 6, 201901.25 Jones is reporting that Labour has won the by-election, and Sophy Ridge echoes the news, although reiterates that nothing is official as yet. We could yet see a recount demanded by the Brexit Party, particularly if the vote is as close as some are suggesting.01.21 Well this is cryptic…😎— Owen Jones🌹 (@OwenJones84) June 7, 201901.17 Reliably accurate psephologist John Curtice to explains to This Week that, despite the Brexit Party’s resounding victory in Peterborough at the European elections, the same result is unlikely to be repeated at this by-election. Both FPTP and the difference in regional and national polling mean the race is set to be much tighter against Labour.01.09 Labour’s candidate Lisa Forbes has now shown up to the count, papped by BBC Cambridgeshire. Nigel Farage has yet to be seen…Labour Party candidate @LisaForbes_ arrives at the count of the #Peterboroughbyelection. Tune into @BBCCambs for live coverage pic.twitter.com/x7bOHIXEug— Ian Child (@ianchild88) June 7, 201901.05 Every pundit, including Labour’s acting shadow secretary of state for international development Dan Carden, suggests to Andrew Neil that the result is too close to call. Wild speculation is rife, particularly on Twitter.00.57 A short video on This Week asks the Peterborough candidates about “the big issues affecting Peterborough”. Interestingly, only the Lib Dem candidate mentioned Brexit. Lisa Forbes sticks to her campaign message of crime and the effects of austerity.00.51 Owen Jones no doubt echoing Lisa Forbes’ own thoughts right now:🙏🙏🙏— Owen Jones🌹 (@OwenJones84) June 6, 201900.47 Britain Elects has just published a new YouGov Westminster poll. Emulating every other major poll being published at the moment, the Brexit Party are son top at 26%. In this poll, Labour and Lib Dems are joint second.Westminster voting intention:BREX: 26% (+4)LAB: 20% (+1)LDEM: 20% (-4)CON: 18% (+2)GRN: 9% (+1)CHUK: 0% (-1)via @YouGov, 04 – 06 JunChgs. w/ 29 May— Britain Elects (@britainelects) June 6, 201900.43 There is something of an idolising tone taken by the Sky News journalists waiting for Farage. He may be the most famous politician turning up to tonight’s events and there may not be much going on at the moment, but discussing how much he smokes seems far too adoring to constitute worthwhile reporting /rant.00.38 Sky News reporters are getting very excited waiting for Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage to appear at the count in Peterborough Town Hall. “He’s been to the local pub”, they say, commenting as though the concept is both unique and interesting. Brexit Party candidate Mike Greene was less interesting to the reporters especially as, when asked, he suggested he had no idea of the result as yet.00.29 Meanwhile, on the BBC, Stella Creasy is on This Week discussing the possibility of passing a People’s Vote motion at this year’s party conference. Responding to Andrew Neil asking “What’s the chance you might get your way?”, the MP for Walthamstow says “I think it’s a real possibility.” She adds, “The Labour party is what its members make of it. Decisions are being made in CLPs across the country and I hope they’re going to go that way.”00.20 Writer Liam Young has tweeted similar thoughts on what a Labour win would mean, with an additional point – if Labour wins this election, it speaks volumes about how Labour could perform in a future general election.Still an if, but if Labour hold Peterborough after an overwhelming vote for the Brexit Party in the EU Parliamentary elections it shows that Labour stands to do much better in a general election. And that the public are willing to vote Labour on other issues than Brexit.— Liam Young (@liamyoung) June 6, 201900.15 Ayesha Hazarika, Ed Miliband’s former adviser, is now talking to Ridge about how local activists have become more positive about their chances in the last hour, and what this means for the Brexit Party. “If the Brexit Party cannot win here, is just it a lot of bluster? Does it mean Nigel Farage cannot convert his hubris into a parliamentary seat?”00.08 Dan Carden, appearing on Sky News, is playing the expectation management game. “This is a difficult election. There’s been a real attempt to turn this into another proxy vote, another referendum… I’m hopeful that our message – talking about residents’ lives and issues that affect them – has cut through.”00.02 Momentum, the organisation that grew out of Corbyn’s leadership campaign, says it was able to mobilise nearly 1,000 activists activists to do phone or door-to-door canvassing in the run up to this by-election.This figure includes:Campaigners who carpooled from North Wales, London, Winchester, Leeds, Grantham, Leicester, Brighton, Bretton, Manchester, Northampton and Norwich. Those who made thousands of calls using Momentum’s distributed phonebank system, which allows members to canvass from home.Hundreds of activists who joined campaign days in Peterborough.In Momentum’s plan to win, it was estimated that were around 10,000 target doors and that activists in Peterborough could knock on around 50 doors a day. To help smash this target, the group launched a ‘Momentum Carpool to Peterborough’ Facebook group to help volunteers organise their travel plans.23.53 FYI, here are Labour’s leaflets from this campaign. As I said, bins and flytipping featured heavily. 23.49 Turnout is apparently 48.4%, which is very good for a by-election and definitely at the upper end of expectations. It’s also very good news for Labour, suggesting that the party managed to turn out its core voters today. Labour promises from the Muslim community in Peterborough were holding up very well – a big contributor to this result is whether those voters got to the polls.Turnout for Peterborough:48.4%— Britain Elects (@britainelects) June 6, 201923.44 This is a key point for Labour: a win for Lisa Forbes will bolster the argument often made by Jeremy Corbyn and the leader’s office that Brexit isn’t everything. Forbes’ leaflets focussed on the failures of the local Tory-run council – flytipping and infrequent rubbish collections, the bread-and-butter issues.Labour wants to unite the country, not pick either the 52% or the 48% and deepen the dividing line drawn by Brexit. To win a by-election now, in a very marginal 2016 Leave-voting seat, would be evidence that Labour can run a winning campaign on local issues against all the odds.A Labour fixer says: “If we pull this off, it will show that you can run a local campaign and beat a huge national issue. We have policing, fly-tipping and education; they have Brexit, Brexit and more Brexit.” #Peterborough #PeterboroughByElection— rajeev syal (@syalrajeev) June 6, 201923.34 The important thing to keep in mind here is that whatever happens tonight, everyone in the Labour Party will claim the results prove their side of the Brexit debate has been proven right. Just as they have done in the local elections and the European elections.To some, a Labour loss to the Brexit Party will suggest the party has lost Leave voters because it has made positive noises about another referendum. To others, the same loss – if combined with an increase in Lib Dem vote share, which is likely as they only got 1,597 votes in 2017 – will indicate that Remainers didn’t turnout for Labour due to Jeremy Corbyn’s reluctance to give straightforward backing for another referendum.23.19 James Calmus, my partner who works on digital for LabourList and may take over the liveblog at some point tonight, has a report on the Peterborough digital campaigns:Our analysis of Facebook’s ad library shows a stark difference in paid advertising by the two parties currently in play in Peterborough.Labour East, the Facebook page Labour has used to run its targeted ads, has paid for up to £1,800 worth of advertisements to Peterborough residents.That may seem a lot, but by comparison the Brexit Party has spent up to £15,599 on targeted Facebook advertising.Notably, all of their ads have focused on the issue of Brexit and not a single one has mentioned local issues.Although Facebook doesn’t provide exact numbers for advertising costs, these figures show that while Labour’s strength is in its ground campaign, the Brexit Party believes its cause can be won online.23.16 Labour’s campaign has been complicated by antisemitism. If you’ve seen any Labour MPs tweeting their canvassing pics from Peterborough today, you’ll also see lots of replies underneath criticising them for trying to get Lisa Forbes elected after it emerged that she had liked a Facebook post describing Theresa May as a “Zionist slave master”.Nobody brought this up on the doorstep when I was there last weekend, and I haven’t heard any other reports of it being raised by voters. But the Jewish Labour Movement has decided not to campaign for Forbes, particularly citing her opposition to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism.As one JLM source put it to me earlier: “Much as I don’t want Faragists prospering, Forbes winning is a real problem.” The affiliated group’s members and supporters have expressed disappointment that so many Labour activists – including MPs such as Ed Miliband – travelled to Peterborough to help get Forbes elected.23.04 Obviously, the Tories are going to lose heavily. According to talkRADIO’s Ross Kempsell, Tory sources say: “Senior campaigning staff now recognising we’ve lost”. Er, did they seriously not recognise that before?Polls closed in Peterborough where I’m reporting for @talkRADIO overnight. Chatting with Tory sources here: “Senior campaigning staff now recognising we’ve lost – big lack of turnout in volunteers today to the point where each campaign office is stretched out…— Ross Kempsell (@rosskempsell) June 6, 201923.01 This is an interesting test of different strengths, apart from anything else. Labour has the historical data and the practised activist base. We know our stuff when it comes to the #Labourdoorstep and GOTV.But it’s fair to say that the Brexit Party had clearer messaging – obviously – and ran a good digital campaign. I’d recommend this piece on how the Peterborough candidates used targeted Facebook ads. It explains that the Brexit Party said only they can beat “Corbyn’s Labour”, but also – in an ad targeted at younger voters – portrayed the race as a choice between Brexit and the Lib Dems. Clever.22.56 To prove my point, here is someone reporting the exact opposite:Labour very confident of victory. A “triumphant mood” says one party member #PeterboroughByElection— Joel Lamy (@PTJoelLamy) June 6, 201922.55 This sort of comment (below) is basically meaningless, but I’ll include it anyway. The bottom line is that nobody knows what’s just happened, though most assume it will be a close call.Labour here in Peterborough are quietly wondering if they haven’t done enough and could end up falling short.— Oliver Milne (@OliverMilne) June 6, 201922.53 This by-election prediction reckons the Brexit Party will win with 32% vote share, Labour on 27%, then the Tories way behind on 17% and Lib Dems fourth on 12%:Peterborough By-Election Preview + Prediction: pic.twitter.com/ZsOhWO79Iv— Election Maps UK (@ElectionMapsUK) June 4, 201922.48 Just had my dinner in 12 minutes. Anyway, the Brexit Party is unlikely to have any real idea of how well it’s done today and the briefing reported by Britain Elects is probably just expectation management.Lots of shadow cabinet members and opposition frontbenchers took the trip to Peterborough to campaign there today:Arrived in Peterborough for the #PeterboroughByElection the sun is shining and we getting the vote out for @LisaForbes_ #votelabourtoday #LabourDoorstep 🌹 pic.twitter.com/l2dANYBkY9— Angela Rayner (@AngelaRayner) June 6, 2019 Tory polling day script says activists should tell voters “it’s Labour or Conservatives in Peterborough”. They’re gonna be in for a shock later… pic.twitter.com/rxlC3C1sUm— Alex Wickham (@alexwickham) June 6, 201922.13 I’ve just been told that the result might come out at 5am. That may be based on this tweet:We are expecting Peterborough to declare between 1am-5am.— Britain Elects (@britainelects) June 6, 2019But also the BBC says between 3am and 4am, while the local paper says between 3am and 5am. Er, slightly regretting starting this liveblog now…22.10 I wasn’t in Peterborough today – though I did visit last weekend, which you can read about here – but the seat was swamped by hundreds of Labour activists today by all accounts. This morning, I was told 300 were out, and later in the day Labour’s executive director of elections and campaigns tweeted that more than 500 turned up:Huge thank you to the 500+ @UKLabour members who’ve come to Peterborough today to campaign for @LisaForbes_— Niall Sookoo (@captainsooks) June 6, 2019I just asked one canvasser who was there today for their thoughts, and they replied: “Hard to tell as we’re canvassing mostly Labour promises. Overall good return but not convinced we will win because of Labour’s pandering to second referendum and the momentum of the Brexit Party on the back of a single issue.”If you were out canvassing today, get in touch!22.00 Hello, it’s LabourList editor Sienna Rodgers here. Welcome to our Peterborough by-election liveblog. Polls have just closed in the marginal constituency, where voters have been choosing who to elect as their new MP after successfully booting Fiona Onasanya. We’re expecting the final result in the early hours, probably between 1am and 3am, but stay tuned for further updates in the meantime.Tags:Liveblog /Lisa Forbes /Peterborough by-election /
WE gather the thoughts of Nathan Brown, James Roby and Francis Cummins in the latest edition of the In Touch Podcast. To download click here or search for St Helens RFC on iTunes. The Podcast, in partnership with 105.9 Citytalk, includes reaction from the recent win over Bradford and we chat to Stuart Pyke from BBC 5 Live about the season so far. Remember if you want a question answering on the Podcast drop us a line @saints1890 on twitter or email email@example.com
After missing a number of weeks due to various lower body injuries, the experienced trio will bolster the squad ahead of the crunch clash. They replace Kyle Amor, James Bentley and Adam Swift in the 19.Danny Richardson also returns in place of the injured Theo Fages who picked up a concussion in the Magic Weekend win over Castleford Tigers. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–St.Helens 19 man squad:Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 4. Mark Percival 5. Regan Grace, 7. Danny Richardson, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Luke Thompson 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Joseph Paulo, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 15. Morgan Knowles, 17. Dom Peyroux, 19. Matty Lees, 20. Jack Ashworth, 21. Aaron Smith, 23. Lachlan Coote, 24. Matty CostelloWakefield Trinity 19-man squad:Matty Ashurst, James Batchelor, Danny Brough, Mason Caton-Brown, Jack Croft, Jordan Crowther, Anthony England, Ryan Hampshire, Keegan Hirst, Ben Jones-Bishop, Lee Kershaw, George King, Danny Kirmond, Craig Kopczak, Reece Lyne, Jacob Miller, Tyler Randell, Kelepi Tanginoa, Kyle WoodTickets for the match are still available and are on sale from the Ticket Office, via 01744 455 052 and online here.2019 Members are able to take advantage of discounted prices for the clash with tickets starting from just £15 for Adult Members and £5 for Junior Members, up until match day, with all pricing details here.For more information on hospitality packages please contact Helen on: 01744 455 053 or click here.
As the Summer holidays are about to begin, take in some action with the Saints this Summer…CORAL CHALLENGE CUP SEMI-FINALOur next fixture is part of the Coral Challenge Cup double-header, which could see us book our first trip to Wembley since 2008. Tickets and coach travel for the semi-final are still available online here.Should we win the semi-final, the Challenge Cup Final will take place on Saturday 24 August. Members have until Wednesday of this week (24 July) to return their What-if booking forms to pre-book their tickets and coach travel for the final.HOME MATCHES AT THE TOTALLY WICKED STADIUMvs Wakefield Trinity – Friday 2 August, KO 7:45pmvs Castleford Tigers – Friday 30 August, KO 7:45pmvs Huddersfield Giants – Friday 6 September, KO 7:45pmAWAY MATCHESvs Warrington Wolves – Friday 9 August, KO 7:45pmvs Leeds Rhinos – Thursday 15 August, KO 7:45pmvs Hull FC – Friday 13 September, KO 7:45pmMost of the above tickets are available to purchase online here. Or you can visit the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or call 01744 455052.*some matches may be subject to change based on TV selections.
The District Attorney Ben David proceeded to have Sorg show on a large map the surveillance of Edwards.Sorg said the route Edwards took was not a common route to River Road.Sorg said the goal of following Edwards was to see where he was going until the command to arrest him was given.Related Article: Raleigh man charged with attempted murder after Hampstead man shotDetective Reese from NHC Sheriffs Department took the stand next.Reese was asked what she saw when she approached the girl in the woods.She said that she could only see the girl from the neck up and she was covered in an aluminum blanket because it was cold and raining. Reese said there was a chain with a lock around it still on her neck.She said that she rode to the hospital with the little girl and told her that she was safe now.The DA proceeded to bring out evidence to Reese. She confirmed that the chain shown to her was the one on the little girls neck along with the lock that was on the chain.Reese said she took the lock as soon as it was cut into her custody and then later gave the evidence to the CSI detective.Hatcher asked Reese if she worked in the evidence department, she answered no.The little girl was wearing a shirt, shorts and underwear that was also collected as evidence and shown to Reese.Reese became emotional on stand and the Judge called for a 10 minute recess.After court was back in session Reese returned to the stand, and confirmed the articles of clothing as the items the girl was wearing when found.The next to take the stand was Sgt. Freemen who was also apart of the surveillance of Edwards.Hatcher presented Freeman with a chain and asked if it was a chain that could secure a motor scooter, he said he could.The Deputy who proceeded Edwards in jail said he told her “he was better of robbing a bank and killing people opposed to what he had done.”She says he also told her that he “did some really bad things.” Edwards was on suicide watch at the time.FBI agent Mike Sutton took the stand as the last witness for the day. Sutton is an expert in cell phones and was there as an expert witness.Hatcher tried to not have Sutton used as an expert witness, but the Judge allowed him to testify.Sutton had Edwards phone number to track where he was located and the times.Sutton said Edwards device showed him right across the street from the abduction site.David asked Sutton asked how long Edwards was in the woods, he answered 14 minutes. Sutton also says Edwards was with the girl for 32 minutes.Sutton finished on the stand going over all the times and locations Edwards was according to phone data.Court will resume Monday morning at 10 a.m. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Trial continued today for the man accused of kidnapping a 6-year-old girl in New Hanover County last year.Detective Sorg took the stand and said when arresting Edwards, he did not move and that he just sat on his moped. He did not resist or fight or say thing.”- Advertisement –
Organizers say it’s a “fun fly” without competitions or rules to unofficially wrap up the kite-flying year. The two day event is weather/wind dependent and will be set up in the Fort Fisher State Recreation area in Kure Beach, 10am-4pm. The event is free and open to the public.For more information on the event, click here. KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Kite enthusiast are getting ready to make some sky art on Pleasure Island!The 12th annual Cape Fear Kite Festival is taking place in Kure Beach November 4th and 5th with hundreds of spectators expected to check out the colorful display.- Advertisement –
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Do you remember all of your favorite childhood Christmas memories? One Wilmington couple does and shared some of their favorite things about the holiday.The Beatty’s, a couple who have been married almost 70 years and have spent many holidays together.- Advertisement – 93-year-old Bob Beatty said his favorite gift as a child was an airplane.“It had wings it had a little propeller and you could peddle it. If you peddled it the propeller would go around. As a matter of fact I don’t remember what happened to it but I had an uncle who was very strong man, and he would pick up the airplane and me and kinda fly us around,” Bob Beatty said.Meanwhile his wife reminisced on her favorite gift from Santa from when she was a little girl.Related Article: Sheriff’s office installs Christmas tree to honor officers killed in the line of duty“I remember the first actual doll that I got and it was a porcelain doll,” Cleopatra Beatty said. “It was one of my favorites but I played with it so much it didn’t last.”Most of all they remember the moments shared with their three sons.“Over the years of course we’ve given a lot of presents and when our middle son was young one of the presents he had was a couple little guns. This was back in cowboy days and he wore those guns we could hardly get them off of him,” Bob said.But spending time with family is the Beatty’s most valued holiday tradition.“The most important things in our lives really, because our children are so generous about spending some of their time with us,” Cleopatra said.And even though their three sons are grown up and have families of their own, they love making new memories with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.“It’s not as special as it was when the boys were little but with the grandchildren living here it makes it still very special,” Bob said.The Beatty’s said they would be heading over to their grandson’s house to spend the rest of Christmas day with them as they continue making new holiday memories.