3. Mary WimburyLabour member since 1985 | @MaryWimburyWhy are you standing in the European elections this year?We need strong voices standing up for Welsh Labour values in this election campaign and for however long in the European parliament afterwards. I’m an internationalist who wants to see close collaboration with our nearest neighbours on issues such as workers’ rights, consumer protection and the environment.Should the Leave result of the 2016 referendum be implemented?Immediately post referendum, it was right to attempt to negotiate a new relationship – but based on the narrow result, it should have been a close one. National consensus should have been sought before invoking Article 50 and the results of the negotiation, given controversial, put back to the people.Are you in favour of holding another referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU?Yes. The PM has negotiated a deal that has failed to secure support from Leavers and Remainers. She was told in the 2017 general election that people didn’t want her hard Brexit. The best deal is the one we’ve got, and that should be an option if people don’t like hers.If you could reform the EU in just one way, what would it be?The EU is an alliance of democracies committed to uphold basic principles including human rights, the rule of law and freedom of the press and the judiciary. Unanimity requirements that have prevented action being taken against the erosion of democracy in Hungary and Poland should be looked at. Why are you standing in the European elections this year?Peace and prosperity are best secured inside the EU. I am a proud Welsh woman, European and internationalist who supports the values of the Labour Party. I’ve shouted the merits of Wales in many international institutions and want to uphold the close collaboration within the EU on issues such as workers’ and union rights, consumer protection, equality and climate action.Should the Leave result of the 2016 referendum be implemented? We should have had a long, truthful national conversation first about what leaving would involve. The vote was close. We are now in deadlock. As a former Professor of Law, I strongly believe in the rule of law and we now know that electoral law was broken in the referendum campaign and a criminal investigation is underway. We need to vote again.Are you in favour of holding another referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU? Yes. We need to take a step back and ask ourselves: what is best for Wales, our families, our future? The PM’s deal has failed to secure support from those who voted Leave and Remain. The best deal is the one we already have and that should be an option on any ballot. If you could reform the EU in just one way, what would it be?As former President of European Women Lawyers Association, I have looked closely at European laws and policies. Most really are for the many, not just the few. The EU is democratic, but distant. I think the EU can help do more for people, including action on climate change, better civil society cooperation, creation of jobs, education, peace and security, equality and LGBTI rights. We’re stronger together. 1. Jackie JonesBarrister | Cardiff CLP women’s officer 4. Mark WhitcuttDeputy leader of Newport City Council | @Mark_WhitcuttWhy are you standing in the European elections this year?Welsh Labour is a strongly internationalist party and must represented at all levels at which elections take place. It is vital Labour plays its full part and is represented by committed candidates. We must have a powerful voice campaigning for remain, reform and a confirmatory public vote.Should the Leave result of the 2016 referendum be implemented?In 2016, government should have reached out for consensus but didn’t. Much has changed: we know lies were told, such as £350m per week for NHS; the deal has been fraught with problems and been botched. So the outcome must be put back to people in a public vote.Are you in favour of holding another referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU?Yes. The arguments are overwhelming: the Tories have shown their incompetence and offered a deal where the UK is the rule-taker not its maker. Parliament has considered every alternative of Brexit. We all know much more too! It’s time for a referendum to break the deadlock.If you could reform the EU in just one way, what would it be?To give greater transparency to EU democracy. It is actually democratic given that the parliament and governments in the council are all directly elected, but we need to make it more open and develop a mechanism for people to see that they really have a stake in the decisions it makes.Tags:Labour /Wales /European elections 2019 /Jackie Jones / LabourList has contacted all of Labour’s MEP candidates ahead of the elections next month and put four questions to each aspiring member of the European parliament.Labour’s four candidates for Wales are the first to have responded. All are strongly in favour of holding another referendum on Brexit.Their answers are listed in order of their place on the regional list, from first to fourth. 2. Matthew DorranceCouncillor | Leader of Powys County Council Labour group | @MatthewDorrance Why are you standing in the European elections this year?The economy, workers’ rights, the environment, security, climate change, trade and migration are pressing global problems best approached collaboratively across nations and in solidarity with our European neighbours. The EU is key to Wales’ future prosperity. I want to help Wales and Welsh Labour respond to those challenges.Should the Leave result of the 2016 referendum be implemented? Leaving without knowing the terms of our exit, the impact on our economy, our security or our rights isn’t best for Britain or Wales. The deal presented by the Prime Minister doesn’t have the support of parliament or the people, and a ‘no deal’ exit would be catastrophic. The 2016 referendum result can’t be implemented. Are you in favour of holding another referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU? Yes. We all know more about what leaving means than we did in 2016 and many people were given wrong information in the referendum. We need to create an opportunity to have an informed debate about our future with ‘remain and reform’ firmly on the ballot. If you could reform the EU in just one way, what would it be?The EU must now recognise the need to better engage with citizens in the regions and nations of member states. If I could reform the EU in one way, it would ensure it does more to inform people about the important work it does for us all.
JOSH Perry and Matty Ashurst have been called up Saints 19-man squad for Friday’s match with Harlequins.Perry is set to make his bow in the game after arriving from Manly Sea Eagles.Included for the first time is Matty Ashurst, but there is no room for Jon Wilkin, Leon Pryce or Sia Soliola who are sidelined through injury.Gary Wheeler is continuing to recover from his back muscle problem but the game comes a week too early.Therefore, Royce Simmons’ 19-man squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 5. Francis Meli, 7. Kyle Eastmond, 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. James Graham, 11. Tony Puletua, 13. Chris Flannery, 14. Scott Moore, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 16. Paul Clough, 18. Matty Ashurst, 19. Andrew Dixon, 20. Jonny Lomax, 21. Shaun Magennis, 22. Jamie Foster, 25. Lee Gaskell.Rob Powell, Quins’ Head Coach, will choose from:1. Luke Dorn, 3. Tony Clubb, 5. Chris Melling, 6. Luke Gale, 7. Chad Randall, 8. Karl Temata, 9. Andy Ellis, 10. Oliver Wilkes, 11. Nick Kouparitsas, 12. Chris Bailey, 13. Rob Purdham, 15. Luke Ambler, 16. Mike Burnett, 17. Danny Ward, 19. Lamont Bryan, 21. Olsi Krasniqi, 23. Mark Calderwood, 31. Karl Pryce, 32. Joe Mellor.The match kicks off at 8pm and the referee is Ben Thaler.If you can’t make the match, it will be covered extensively in the new look Match Centre as well as on Saints’ Official Twitter and Official Facebook sites.You can also listen by tuning in to Wish FM on 102.4 FM, DAB or by clicking here.Stats:St Helens have won their last ten meetings with Harlequins. Nine of those wins came in Super League, the other coming in Round Five of last season’s Carnegie Challenge Cup.Harlequins’ last win was 14-6 at Knowsley Road on 9 February, 2007, in Round 1 of Super League XII. This remains the London club’s only victory against Saints as Harlequins.Super League summary:St Helens won 32 (including 1 win in 2003 play-offs)Harlequins won 42 drawsSt Helens highest score: 62-16 (H, 2003) (Widest margin: 54-0, A, 2008)Harlequins highest score: 40-6 (H, 2002) (also widest margin)
AFTER a nightmare Bank Holiday journey which leaves you turning up 20 minutes after the original kick off time, the last thing you want is to face Saints side intent on throwing the ball around.But that’s exactly what hit the Broncos at Langtree Park on Good Friday.After a good defensive set the Saints scored with their first possession as the impressive Mike Weldon took a peach of a short ball from Josh Eaves.The hooker, finally returning after his injury nightmare, well and truly sealed his return as he scored the Saints second after great work from Jake Spedding. The big centre picked up a loose ball on halfway, weaved around his opposite number before passing inside to Eaves who outpaced the cover to the line.The Broncos dispelled any rumours that they were still on the bus punishing a Saints error with a try on 15 minutes.This was perhaps the story of the first half as the Saints almost seemed to be more affected by the late start than their opponents. Their play was sluggish and lethargic in places and littered with unforced errors.Having said all that Ben Morris extended the lead touching down Danny Richardson’s neat grubber.Then came a piece of pure Saints magic. Cameron Brown, showing no nerves on his debut, jumped out of dummy half and put Spedding away down the left flank. He took it on before feeding it outside to his winger Jordan Gibbons. He was caught from behind but managed to get the ball back inside to Spedding who went the final 30 metres for the try.Saints managed to bomb two certain tries before the break one for a forward pass from Richardson and then one from a Jordan Olmez knock on over the line grounding Richardson’s grubber.Consequently it was a rather chastened Saints who resumed after the short break but with the jeering of our friends from across the Lump ringing in their ears they set about playing some sparkling rugby in the second period.Captain Liam Cooper opened the scoring running hard onto the ball on the last.Regan Grace got the first of his customary brace finishing in the right corner after Matty Costello had evaded the cover to put him clear.Weldon scored his second taking Richardson’s short pass and bursting through the line from 30 out.Costello again was the provider this time for Cameron Brown who neatly stepped inside the cover to score.Grace finished off a series of offloads for the Saints ninth try before Elliott Jenkins showed the kind of determination to firstly be in the right place and then secondly to want to score as he backed up Morris’ break and then shrugged off the unwanted attentions of the Broncos full back as he dove over in front of the massed West Stand.Brown finished off an impressive debut and the scoring jinking his way over after Richardson’s initial break.Saints weren’t at their best but six debutants in an already young side made this ultimately a very good win. The second half was much better as they cut out the unforced errors which allowed the flair to shine through.Josh Eaves, Mike Weldon and Captain Cooper did well but the pick of the pack was Matty Lees. In the backs, Brown and Jenkins did well with Danny Richardson calling the shots but there was a good all-round display from centre-cum-winger Jake Spedding who deserved a try from his 80 metre breakaway.Match Summary:Saints U19s:Tries: Mike Weldon (3 & 53), Josh Eaves (10), Ben Morris (17), Jake Spedding (21), Liam Cooper (43), Regan Grace (49 & 67), Cameron Brown (61 & 79), Elliott Jenkins (69).Goals: Danny Richardson 10.London Broncos U19s:Tries: Kam Pierce-Paul (14), Matt Davies (73).Goals: Rhys Joel.Half Time: 24-4Full Time: 64-10Teams:Saints:1. Matty Costello, 2. Regan Grace; 4. Cameron Brown, 3. Jake Spedding, 5. Jordan Gibbons; 7. Elliott Jenkins, 6. Danny Richardson; 8. Levy Nzoungou, 9. Josh Eaves, 10. Matty Lees, 11. Liam Cooper (C), 12. Ben Morris, 13. Mike Weldon. Subs: 14. Brad Pinder, 16. Chris Follin, 17. Alex Eckley, 18. Jordan Olmez.London:1. Callum Whitcombe; 2. Gideon Boafa, 3. Kam Pierce-Paul, 4. Josh Raqio, 5. Fred Dodd; 6. Rhys Joel, 7. James Meadows; 8. Callum Bustin, 9. Matt Davies, 10. Lewis Bienik, 11. Danny Hindmarsh, 12. Jordan Williams, 13. Jordan Richardson. Subs: 14. Matthew Montgomery, 15. Rob Butler, 16. Ato Iaqueratabua, 17. John Sipawa.
Craig Richards wrote: We had a great catch up with ex Melbourne Storm, RFL and current NRL Game Development Officer Ross Antonioni.Ross looks after the feeder programmes in schools and clubs that feed NRL club Parramatta Eels. It was great learning about the successful role the NRL play in schools which culminate with Carnival programme. All programmes are closely linked with the Eels to ensure that the early indicators of talent are recognised.These include mental skills such as coachability and willingness to work at improving. Whilst performance played a part, participation was always high on the agenda with a large emphasis on fun and learning.It was notable later in the pathway that the selection of playing squads had a real competitive edge but again mental skills were a large part of the selection criteria.To follow on from the meeting I was lucky enough to be invited to observe a NRL Level 2 RL coaching course. Again big thanks to Ross and lead tutor Tim Auremi, who is the Development Officer for Sydney West.Interestingly, one of the Guest speakers was former Panthers player and current Academy coach Ben Harden who gave a great insight into the club’s playing processes, philosophy and methods. Most surprising was how much detailed information was shared with the group considering coaches in attendance included three academy coaches from rival clubs.This was followed by David Barracosa, Senior Performance Psychologist from Condor Performance, He covered the use of Psychology in sports and shared some great tools to both check, implement and improve mental skills in the game.Following this was former London Broncos, NSW and current Parramatta Eels Performance Analyst Joe Grima. He broke down the components of how, why and who they analyse and made the key links to performances in both team and individuals.It showed the value of a world class analysis system when preparing and reviewing at the highest level.