Labour has called on the government to provide cl

first_imgLabour has called on the government to provide “clear evidence” that the political wing of Hezbollah should be proscribed.Commenting on Home Secretary Sajid Javid’s decision to classify Hezbollah as a terrorist group, the party raised concerns that such a move could “make it difficult to maintain normal diplomatic relations with Lebanon”.Labour also suggested that Javid’s position on the ban may have been determined by his “leadership ambitions”, and not arrived at “in an objective and impartial way”.A Labour Party spokesperson said: “The Home Office has previously ruled that there was not sufficient evidence that the political wing of Hezbollah fell foul of proscription criteria, a position confirmed by ministers in the House of Commons last year. Ministers have not yet provided any clear evidence to suggest this has changed.“It has also rightly been the view of the Foreign Office for many years that proscribing the political wing of Hezbollah, which is part of the democratically elected Lebanese government, would make it difficult to maintain normal diplomatic relations with Lebanon, or to work with the government on humanitarian issues, including those facing Syrian refugees, in parts of the country controlled by Hezbollah.“Decisions on the proscription of organisations as terror groups are supposed to be made on the advice of civil servants based on clear evidence that those organisations fall foul of the proscription criteria set out in legislation. The Home Secretary must therefore now demonstrate that this decision was taken in an objective and impartial way, and driven by clear and new evidence, not by his leadership ambitions.“We support the government in its decision to proscribe the groups Jamaat Nusrat al Islam Wall Muslimin and Ansaroul Islam.”A number of Labour MPs have already made clear that they will be voting for the ban tonight, while Wes Streeting claimed earlier that “Labour will be supporting the ban”.“It just takes a little while to list the many, many, many reasons why the ban is justified,” Streeting tweeted this morning, before the party spokesperson’s comments.“I’m expecting the PLP briefing whipping for the ban imminently and every Labour MP will instinctively support it anyway. Every single one.”Tags:Labour /Hezbollah /last_img read more

COACH Daniel Anderson has been forced to change hi

first_imgCOACH Daniel Anderson has been forced to change his Exiles team take on England in the opening match of the International Origin Series at Langtree Park on Saturday June 16 (6.45pm).Due to injuries to Brett Hodgson (Warrington Wolves) and Setaimata Sa (Catalan Dragons), the Exiles have drafted in Hull KR’s Shannon McDonnell.McDonnell takes Hodgson’s place at full-back while David Fa’alogo of Huddersfield Giants moves from the bench to take the number 13 shirt, meaning all yesterday’s named interchange players are now in the match day squad.The Exiles have also drafted in Widnes Vikings player Patrick Ah Van as 18th man.Wigan Warriors’ experienced half-back Thomas Leuluai will captain the side.The Exiles:Shannon McDonnell; Joel Monaghan, Sia Soliola, Daryl Millard, Francis Meli; Thomas Leuluai, Scott Dureau; Tony Puletua, Lance Hohaia, Jeff Lima, Willie Manu, Trent Waterhouse, David Fa’alogo.Subs from: Anthony Laffranchi, Antonio Kaufusi, David Faiumu, Epalahame Lauaki, Patrick Ah Van.Tickets for the opening fixture at Langtree Park, St Helens, on Saturday June 16 (6.45pm) cost from £18 (£9 concessions) for standing and £21 (£10 concessions) seating. Details are here.last_img read more

SAINTS hooker James Roby is relishing the returnin

first_imgSAINTS hooker James Roby is relishing the returning to the England fold against the Exiles when the two sides meet in the 2013 International Origin Match at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington on Friday (8.00pm).Roby has missed a large portion of the Super League season after injuring an ankle in March but he is delighted to have been named in the England squad by coach Steve McNamara and is hoping to force his way into contention for a place in Friday’s starting 17.“I’m really glad to be back with the England group,” said Roby. “It’s a familiar environment for all the players now and the work that has gone on over the past few years in terms of creating an atmosphere and reinforcing our two-team mentality is really paying off.“When you’re here you know that it’s a full week dedicated to rugby. You’re prepared to be taken a little bit out of your comfort zone as the training is intense all day every day. You’re surrounded by the best players in the country and that lifts the intensity levels for everyone.“This year is one of the strangest years I can remember within the national setup. There a lot of players who are knocking on the door in lots of positions and I’m very grateful that Steve has shown faith in keeping me in the squad.“Hopefully I’ll be able to repay that confidence in me and perform well on Friday to warrant the selection.”Having been left out of Steve McNamara’s squad for the Autumn International Series in 2012 – due to injury – Roby could find himself going into the end-of-season World Cup fresher than ever before and he feels that could be an advantage for him.“I’ve come through the past few club games after injury and hopefully I’ll be able to get back into form now and help St Helens end the year strongly and push for a place in the World Cup squad,” he said.“It’s always disappointing to miss out on games through injury and the only silver lining for me is that hopefully I’ll be that bit fresher come the end of the season.“Especially playing at hooker you are involved in a lot of elements in the game and sometimes when it gets to close-season you can be feeling tired and hopefully I’ll avoid that come the World Cup if selected.“The most important thing for now though is to focus on the Exiles. This game is very high in intensity and is very important to the whole group.“In the past few years the exiles have taken the trophy home. We need to win in order to boost that confidence in the camp after the 2012 Autumn Series win and if we can get the result right and go into the World Cup in confident spirits it will help set us in good stead.”Tickets for the 2013 International Origin Game, England v Exiles at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, cost from just £20 (£15 students and OAPs, £10 concessions) and are now on sale from the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or online at www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uklast_img read more

KEIRON Cunningham spoke of a game of two halves as

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham spoke of a game of two halves as Saints beat Warrington at the Magic Weekend.His charges turned around a 16-8 half time deficit to win 20-16.“I thought we were good and the second half outstanding,” he said. “It was certainly a game of two halves. We started with vigour and plenty of will, but we dropped away after 10 minutes and tried our best to lose the game.“We couldn’t complete a set and the first one we did, Louie scored. There’s a moral in that tale.“We had a chat at half time and they came out fighting. We knew if we completed our sets then we would get opportunities. We gave some silly penalties away and right at the end when Louie was pinged I thought it was in the stars we’d lose the game.“But we showed real spirit and resilience to defend the game. That has happened two weeks in a row now. We backed our defence and it sealed the victory for us.“You can’t fabricate that spirit, it happens over time. They fought to defend their line and were proud of what they did. It was good to get that monkey off our back, now we have to learn from that first half.”One of the highlights of that steadfast defence was the wonder tackle from Tommy Makinson on Daryl Clark just seconds before the final whistle.The winger flew out and smashed the Man of Steel to force a knock on.“That was great wasn’t it,” Cunningham added. “He was one of the best players on the field for us and great on both sides of the ball.“He is defensively turning into a complete player as are all our outside backs. Jamahl Lolesi works with these kids and they are coming a long way which is good to see.”Saints face Salford this Friday (8pm) at Langtree Park and tickets are on sale now.You can get them from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455052 or online here.last_img read more

The dynamic strong running forward will remain at

first_imgThe dynamic, strong running forward will remain at the club until end of season 2020.The 22-year-old made his debut in 2013 at London and has gone on to play a further 91 times for his hometown club.He came through the Club’s ‘Outstanding’ rated Academy system after playing amateur for Bold Miners and Pilkington Recs.And this season he has been almost ever present in the Saints side too, making 23 appearances.Saints Head Coach Justin Holbrook said: “Luke is a hard working young prop who already has a wealth of experience under his belt.“He is keen to learn and I am looking forward to watching him continue his development over the coming seasons.”Luke added: “I’m really pleased to have signed a new contract at the club.“I have been here all my career and I’m looking forward to the future under Justin Holbrook and the talent we have coming through the system.“This has probably been my best season to date in terms of form but I know I still have a lot to work on. I want to get better year on year.“It means a lot to pull on the Saints shirt – not just for myself but for my family too – and every time I do so I’ll always give 110 per cent.“It was a dream of mine growing up to play for this club and I’m grateful and excited about being given the opportunity to continue to do so going forward.”Luke has been with the club since he was 11 and was part of the team that won the Grand Final in 2014.last_img read more