Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Last night, the Parliamentary Labour Party passed an ‘Action on Antisemitism’ motion at its weekly meeting. They are “dismayed that there remains such a backlog of antisemitism cases”, the motion reads, and “very concerned by recent reports that a number of cases of alleged antisemitic activity from high-profile members have been dropped”. Examples in mind include that of ex-Labour MP Jim Sheridan, who was recently reinstated to the party and promptly claimed complainants had “overreacted”. It is understood that his suspension related to a post in which he said he’d lost “respect and empathy for the Jewish community and their historic suffering” due to “what they and their Blairite plotters are doing to my party”.Ahead of the meeting, LabourList exclusively published the message sent from general secretary Jennie Formby to the PLP. She explained that “significant progress” has been made to improve party complaints procedures under her watch, from recruiting more staff and expanding the disciplinary committee (NCC) to not using education or training as a sanction. But many MPs were angered by Formby’s approach – both content and tone – at the meeting itself, where it was reported that she told the PLP she answered to the national executive committee, not them. “The resolution was unanimously supported by the Parliamentary Labour Party and the general secretary of the Labour Party basically said she wasn’t prepared to give us the information that was required in the resolution,” Dame Margaret Hodge MP commented afterwards.The Jewish Labour Movement’s secretary Peter Mason has today written for LabourList outlining the persistent concern (and exasperation) of the sole party-affiliated Jewish group. Like the PLP motion, JLM wants answers on when the code of conduct consultation promised last year will take place, whether antisemitism awareness training will be extended, and more. Mason concludes with the suggestion that the Labour Party could now meet the Macpherson Report definition of institutional racism. With the party already advising that they will not answer the PLP motion’s 11 questions (“Complaints processes are confidential and the party has a responsibility to protect members’ data,” a spokesperson said), another stalemate on Labour antisemitism has been reached. As always, this issue is inextricably linked to factionalism within the party, and therefore cannot be resolved. There is no trust on either side of the conversation.Speaking of impasses, Theresa May will be in Northern Ireland today as she explains her anti-backstop mission and aim to Brexit in a way that “commands broad support across the community in Northern Ireland… and secures a majority in the Westminster parliament”. As that is impossible with the plan she is currently pursuing, our time is more usefully spent looking at where potential Labour rebels are at. Lisa Nandy says she has been “overwhelmed” by constituent emails advocating ‘no deal’ but is more adamant than ever that such an outcome must be blocked. That means voting for a deal. Meanwhile, Caroline Flint has told colleagues – via The Sun, as if Labour members weren’t already unhappy enough with her – that they should “back a deal and move on”. As long as that deal is bolstered by “commitments on workers’ rights and environmental standards”, which means reviving the unselected Labour ‘inbetweeners’ amendment. Will this be enough to save May’s deal?Sienna @siennamarlaSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Caroline Flint /Labour /Lisa Nandy /Jennie Formby /Antisemitism /Brexit /Jewish Labour Movement /JLM /
DESPITE this being a clash of two unbeaten teams the main buzz before kick-off was the imminent return from long term injury for Jonny Lomax and what a welcome sight it was for Saints fans as they saw the trademark skullcap on duty as the custodian, writes Graham Henthorne.He managed a creditable 25 minutes at both full and half back before being replaced by a very sharp looking Ricky Bailey who went on to bag a brace of tries.The Wolves, sporting first team winger Tom Lineham, were on paper the older more experienced team but after a poor first few minutes which saw them concede the first score the Saints were in total control.The pack led by Tony Suffolk was all over the Wolves giving a fabulous platform for Travis Burns, Danny Richardson and Tom Connick to play.Danny Richardson was the first on the scoresheet as he followed up Burns’ grubber taking the rebound off the posts for the try.Jonah Cunningham scored his customary try from close range as he darted over from Suffolk’s quick play the ball.The prop forwards’ union again made its mark on 25 minutes as Levy Nzoungou rounded the full back to score after Olly Davies had made the initial break of the line.The game was effectively over as a contest on the half hour with Bailey’s first. A great 40/20 from Richardson gave the Saints territory and three tackles later Davies was stopped short. From the play the ball Burns cleverly evaded an onrushing tackler before slipping the ball out to an unmarked Bailey popping up at centre.The Wolves were given a sniff as they scored on the whistle after a bizarre series of five penalties on the run had kept the Saints under the cosh.But the first set after the interval took any thoughts of a comeback away from the home side as Bailey scored his second. Joe Greenwood majestically strode 50 metres down the middle before flipping an overhead pass to Davies. His fellow second row was just caught from behind but a quick play the ball saw Bailey able to dive over.Quick reactions from Tom Connick, on for the injured Burns, saw the standoff pick up a try as he reacted quickest to touch down Richardson’s last tackle grubber.The Saints were in total control now and topped the 40 point mark as Lewis Charnock converted Greenwood’s try from a move that he started by ripping possession from a despairing Wolf. Greenwood charged over four tackles later.The Wolves did register some points after the break from a lucky twice hacked on kick after a poor pass had nearly gone to ground. The try scorer did seem to be a smidgeon offside but it wasn’t given.Normal service was resumed from the kick off with Regan Grace’s usual try scoring contribution. Quick hands from left to right saw the winger clear to dive over in the corner.Fittingly, Tommi Hughes scored the final try in the left corner breaking a tackle and beating the cover.Approximately seven of this Reserves side can still play U19s rugby but were more than a match for their bigger, older opponents.Yet another match where Danny Richardson has looked in control of the action out wide with Cunningham and Charnock in charge down the middle.Greenwood and Davies, backed up by their deputies Liam Cooper and Ben Morris, were too good for a Wolves pack which contained the familiar face of former Saint Joe Ryan who now knows exactly what it’s like to be on the receiving end of the type of performance of which he was such an integral part for so long. This keeps Ian Talbot’s men unbeaten and sets the return encounter at Langtree at the beginning of May up nicely.Match Summary:Warrington:Tries: Danny Rasool (3), Harvey Livett (39), Sam Wilde (69).Goals: Harvey Livett 3.Saints: Tries: Danny Richardson (9), Jonah Cunningham (17), Levy Nzoungou (25), Ricky Bailey (30 & 41), Tom Connick (50), Joe Greenwood (62), Regan Grace (73), Tommi Hughes (78).Goals: Burns 3, Charnock 3Half Time: 22-12Full Time: 48-18Teams:Warrington:1. Jack Johnson; 2. Tom Lineham, 3. Richard Harris, 4. David Thompson, 5. Declan Kay; 30. Harvey Livett, 7. Tyler Whittaker; 8. Daniel Murray, 9. Sean Kenny, 21. Ben Evans, 11. Danny Rasool, 12. Jacque Peet, 27. Sam Wilde.Subs: 14. Harry Files, 15. Alex Whalley, 17. Andy Philbin, 19. Joe Ryan, 20. John Cookson.Saints:1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Dave Eccleston, 4. Tommi Hughes, 3. Calvin Wellington, 5. Regan Grace; **. Travis Burns, 7. Danny Richardson; 8. Tony Suffolk, 9. Jonah Cunningham, 19. Ross McCauley, 11. Olly Davies, 12. Joe Greenwood, 13. Lewis Charnock.Subs: 10. Levy Nzoungou, 14. Liam Cooper, 15. Tom Connick, 16. Ricky Bailey, 17. Ben Morris, 20. Dave Llewellyn.