“We welcome the letter that Jeremy Corbyn has written to [Theresa] May” says @Europarl_EN‘s #Brexit Coordinator Guy Verhofstadt – “cross-party cooperation is the way forward”https://t.co/rxSgauVGLM pic.twitter.com/z16bfjgjw9— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) February 7, 2019The EU’s Brexit coordinator has welcomed Jeremy Corbyn’s letter to Theresa May setting out five demands for Brexit.Guy Verhofstadt said: “We cannot have an agreement with uncertainty in the UK based on majorities of six, seven, eight, nine votes in the House of Commons.“Cross-party cooperation is the way forward and I think I can say that we welcome also the letter that Jeremy Corbyn has written today to Mrs May to offer such a cross-party exit.”He added that those British politicians advocating ‘no deal’, which would be a “disaster on both sides of the Channel”, are “irresponsible”.Verhofstadt also noted that Theresa May confirmed to the EU today that there will be a backstop in her deal, meaning the Prime Minister is seeking to amend rather than remove the provision.Tags:EU /Labour /Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /
Month: July 2019
MIKE Rush has spoken of how “outstanding” Saints’ defence was during their win over Warrington on Saturday.He compared the performance that saw his side ease to a 28-6 win as “up there” with the best this season.“Defensively we were outstanding,” he said. “We were playing a quality side with players such as Hodgson, Myler, Ratchford and Briers and to withstand 18 sometimes 20 tackles on our own goal line is a reflection of the determination this club has.“That was also shown in our forwards. People have questioned them this season and tonight they showed they are capable of matching the best and being physical. We never doubted it but when we question the players, they take it and come back stronger and hopefully a little better.”One of the hubs of that pack was Sia Soliola who returned after sitting out the win over Wigan.“I’m not sure Sia knew where he was playing when he came on! He was so determined to get to the field and charge around at 3000 miles an hour!“We got caught out a little on their first try – we didn’t get our numbering up right, but that might be over critical. As a player the Club and town couldn’t ask anything else of him.“Tommy Makinson has been good all year too and we’re disappointed he hasn’t made the Knights. But that does give him something to aim for.“I was also pleased with Jonny Lomax too. He did really well for Makinson’s second. When he got to the full back I wondered what he was doing but a quick side step and he put Makinson in.”
Our Santa Dash concluded today as we took the number of schools we have visited in December to 63.The mission was to call in to as many schools as possible in the local area who have worked with the Saints Community Development Foundation on the SkyTry Programme.They each received a family ticket to the Castleford game on February 2 and were entered into a draw to win a framed signed shirt amongst other prizes.Lead Community Coach Ian Talbot said: “We’d like to thank all the schools we have worked with us over the course of the year. The reception has been outstanding and we appreciate the commitment from each and every one of you.“The idea of the Dash was to give something back to each one of those schools, and alongside the first team squad, we wanted to show we are Saints and Proud of our community.“The entire first team squad were involved and I would like to thank them all for their help.“Last but not least, Boots was also out and about too! Today for instance he visited Mill Green and Lansbury Bridge schools where he was greatly recieved.“He brought smiles to lots of youngsters.”The schools we visited were:Allanson Street, Ashurst, Birchley St Mary’s, Bleak Hill, Broad Oak, Brook Lodge, Carr Mill, Chapel End, Corpus Christie, Cowley International College, De La Sale, District, Eaves Lane, Eccleston Lane Ends, Eccleston Mere, Garswood, Grange Valley, Haydock English Martyrs, Haydock High, Holy Cross, Holy Spirit, Hope Academy, Lansbury Bridge, Legh Vale, Longton Lane, Merton Bank, Mill Green, Newton Primary, Nutgrove, Oakdene, Parish Church, Queens Park, Rainford C of E, Rainford High, Rainhill High School, Rectory, Rivington Road, Robins Lane, Sherdley, St Aidens, St Anne’s (Sutton), St Anne’s (Rainhill), St Augustine’s High School, St Austin’s, St Bartholomews, St Cuthbert’s High School, St James (Haydock), St John Vianney, St Julies, St Mary’s Blackbrook, St Mary’s & St Thomas, St Mary’s Infants, St Mary’s Juniors, St Peter & Paul, St Peters Wargrave, St Theresa’s (Cannon St), St Theresa’s (Devon Street), St Thomas Of Canterbury, Sutton Academy, Sutton Manor, Sutton Oak, Thatto Heath and Willow Tree.
The first finals day, held at the Totally Wicked Stadium, saw Rainford High School battle it out with Cowley International College for the Year 7 Paul Wellens Trophy.The game saw both teams trade tries throughout with the honours being even at the final whistle 16-16.As we moved into golden point extra time there were three unsuccessful drop goal attempts with Zac Gardner unluckily hitting the upright with a long-range effort.But eventually, the stalemate was broken with a smart kick to the corner which saw Rainford score an excellent try to seal the win.Rainford’s half-back George Whitby was picked as the man of the match.The second final of the afternoon was the Year 11 Alex Murphy Trophy between Haydock High School and St Augustine’s – and it proved to be just as entertaining as the first.St Augustine’s edged a 22-20 win right at the death, with Haydock seeing a last second touchline conversion fall agonisingly wide.‘Guzzies’ Matty Knowles was identified by Saints legend Alex Murphy as the Year 11 man of the match.Elsewhere, Blackbrook ARLFC kindly hosted the Chris Arkwright Trophy between Haydock High School and St Cuthbert’s.The early stages of the match were really tight and there was nothing between the two teams but as the game wore on in the sweltering temperatures, St Cuthbert’s took control of the game to claim the win.Chris Arkwright selected Mackenzie Buckley as his man of the match but he was closely followed by Keane Gilford.Saints Community Development Foundation coach, Ian Talbot, commented: “On behalf of the club and the Foundation, I’d like to thank all of our High School partners for ensuring that the St Helens Schools competitions continue to thrive and culminate with such great events.“We really appreciate the support shown to us from Mike Rush and everyone at Saints for allowing us the opportunity to play some of our finals at the Totally Wicked Stadium as it makes them a really special occasion for the lads involved and always one to remember.“Special thanks also to Blackbrook ARLFC for their continued support as always.“As ever, these occasions can’t go ahead without the officials, so I’d like to thank Phil Smith and Innes Arnold from the St Helens Referees Society and the match officials on the nights, Mackenzie Maddison, George Johnson, Ryan Cox, Tolver Arnold, Shaun Pickering and Stuart Fraser.”The two remaining finals will both see De La Salle play Cowley International College for the Year 8 Eric Chisnall Trophy and the Year 11 Keiron Cunningham Trophy.These matches will once again be played at The Totally Wicked Stadium on Monday July 9 with 3.30pm and 5pm kick offs.Entry is £3 and £2.