Almost two thirds of trade unionists support the idea of another EU referendum, rising to three quarters among 2017 Labour voters, according to a new YouGov poll of 1,813 members.But Unite the Union – led by Len McCluskey, who has been critical of the proposal to hold another public vote on Brexit – dismissed the survey conducted for the People’s Vote campaign as “not credible”.The party-affiliated union responded to the research by pointing out that YouGov’s sample size was small and that Unite has regularly undertaken its own polling involving tens of thousands of members.A Unite spokesman said: “We don’t need a poll of a handful of our members to try to tell us what we know. For the past three years, since the referendum result, we have been polling 20,000 of our members regularly. This conversation has been conducted through our transparent and democratic structures.“It it the views of our members, and nobody else, who guide us in this matter. We know that they are fed up with Tory chaos and are now concerned about the very real prospect of the governing party crashing us out of the EU without a deal.“Polls that profess to speak for our members yet are not conducted by our union cannot be considered credible. This tactic has never worked before and won’t work now.”Jeremy Corbyn is set to meet trade union leaders this morning as part of the further consultation on Labour’s Brexit policy that the leader promised at a special shadow cabinet meeting last week.Labour has shifted its stance on Brexit and now supports another referendum in all circumstances, not only to prevent a “damaging Tory Brexit” or no deal – but the party has so far resisted calls to declare backing for Remain.Labour backbencher Jo Stevens, a leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, commented: “When Jeremy Corbyn meets with trade union general secretaries, I hope he hears the strong message from working people, trade union members up and down the country, that we want a People’s Vote just like his constituents do in Islington – because now, more than ever, we need those voices to be heard.”Tags:Jeremy Corbyn /Jo Stevens /Brexit /Unite the Union /
IF pre-season is anything to go by 2013 could be a very special year for the Saints.Willie Manu, Jordan Turner and Alex Walmsley have impressed in pre-season and with a mean defence that’s only let in two tries, the signs are very encouraging.Nathan Brown’s charges have trained well in pre-season and the squad has been together as a unit for the first time in many years.Saints will be helped by the fact no-one was on international duty and that means the likes of Jon Wilkin and James Roby have also had a full off-season.But the proof is in the pudding… and Saints will take to the field in anger for the first time on Saturday February 2 (4.45pm) when they host Huddersfield Giants.A large crowd is expected as Saints begin their quest for Super League glory and tickets are on sale now.You can buy from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 050 or online here.
KEIRON Cunningham says he is relishing the chance to take on Warrington this Friday.Saints travel to the Halliwell Jones Stadium to face the table topping Wolves – and these games usually bring “fireworks” according to the club’s head coach.“Every game is tough and nothing changes this week,” he said. “Warrington are the form side in the comp and sat on top of the table.“We certainly enjoy playing against them; it is a local derby and we always get some form of fireworks. We have to be ready on the night and I’m sure we will.“We played well against Widnes and Hull and I thought Friday was an entertaining game. We deserved something out of it. We were the better team for large periods. Hull came at us loaded with players who hadn’t played on the Monday but we did a good job against them.“The effort in the last two games has been better than when we won some games earlier in the season. If we keep doing that then we won’t be far off.“We deserved the victory both occasions, but it didn’t go our way on Friday. All teams are spending salary cap now and therefore it is a more even competition. We need to keep working hard, pick up some wins on the way and hopefully get some of those stars back too.”He continued: “The injuries are stacking up but it does give someone else an opportunity to stake a claim. Everyone is in a similar boat though. The Easter period has taken its toll on us and others but that is rugby league and you have to get on with it.“Joe Greenwood will be out. He spent the night in hospital last week so has to be cleared by the experts before we can bring him in.“He has been doing well and scoring a lot of tries. Unfortunately, he isn’t available and that gives other people the chance to play in that position.“Luke Walsh should be fine but there is no one else imminently returning. Jonny Lomax is week by week. His knee is 100 per cent but there is another little issue at the moment. I would love for him to be back; we are desperate for him to be back but we can’t force the issue.“The two Welsh players we have – Regan Grace and Calvin Wellington – are going well but we have to be patient with them. Calvin is probably a little ahead of Regan and it would be him if anyone gets a chance. I’m sure both will play Super League if they keep on developing… and the way we are going with outside backs then it could be sooner rather than later.“As a result it’s unlikely to be Matty Dawson and Jack Owens on the wings this week. We’ll bring someone in as we have plenty out.“We’re full on salary cap so there is nothing we can do to bring people in. We have plenty of good juniors so they will get a shot at some point.”Tickets for Friday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, via 01744 455 052 or online here.Members can save on matchday prices by purchasing their ticket in advance. Details are here.
Day 7 – Sunday October 15Once they awoke, first on the agenda, writes Ste Marsh, was a light recovery session in the pool, led by Neil Kilshaw and Johnny Skinner.Still buzzing after the result, a lot of boys turned up in their new Bulldogs kit, with some being lucky to be given some gear and others swapping with the Bulldog boys.When arriving back the boys were treated for a second time of the day, with a BBQ breakfast cooked by BBQ King Talbot… well that’s what he calls himself anyway… and his beautiful assistant Woodsy (Dave Woods).The bacon, egg and Australia sausage eggs barms went down a treat.Next for the boys was a few hours of free time in the city to shop and have dinner on their own away from coaches, at ‘The Rocks’, the home of the first settlers in Sydney.However, some of the lads who aren’t too keen on shopping and ended up on a basketball court challenging some local lads to a game. Unfortunately, our basketball skills are not as good as our rugby skills and they ended up getting beaten.The afternoon was another opportunity for our tour ‘shopaholic’, Shaun Ryan, to fill his boots. We are already having to enquire about excess baggage costs as he certainly has an eye for a bargain!On the way back from the city we stopped off for a light training session, a few skill drills to get rid of the last bit of the soreness in the boys’ legs.After training, we headed to a local steakhouse for a great feed before heading back for lights out ready for early training in the morning.Thank you for all your support back home!