Month: July 2019

As Labour members who campaigned for Kate Hoey atAs Labour members who campaigned for Kate Hoey at

first_imgAs Labour members who campaigned for Kate Hoey at the last General Election despite many of us disagreeing with her about Brexit, we are appalled at the way in which she is demonstrating that her personal views take priority over representing her constituents and our Party by voting to enable this rotten, inept Government to stay in office. Vauxhall is an inner city constituency whose diverse, multi-cultural and multi-racial community have suffered eight years of Tory cuts and austerity, yet our MP is voting to prop up that Tory government and for a Tory Brexit which threatens job, peace in Northern Ireland and the future of the NHS. For this we condemn her.We will be supporting the motion of censure being put to Vauxhall Labour Party’s General Committee on 26 July 2018, and its demands that(a) the Leader of the Labour Party suspend Kate Hoey from the Parliamentary Labour Party and remove the Whip; and (b) that the National Executive Committee declare Kate Hoey ineligible for re-selection as a parliamentary candidate. Tags:Labour Party /Kate Hoey /Vauxhall /Labour /deselection /Brexit /Vauxhall Labour /Vauxhall Momentum / Labour members in Kate Hoey’s seat are advancing plans to deselect their MP over her locally unpopular Brexit views.Tonight activists in the Constituency Labour Party will hold a general committee meeting that will see delegates vote on a motion of censure against Hoey. It calls for her to have the Labour whip removed and to be ruled ineligible for future selection. The local Momentum group has passed a similar motion.Ahead of the meeting, which Hoey will not attend as she is acting as an adviser to the Zimbabwe elections, the MP has shared a report that updates members on her response to the criticisms being levelled at her. She will also send a statement to be read out at the meeting.In her report, Hoey explains: “Whilst many of you may disagree with my views, I have voted in line with the manifesto and the result of the referendum – to leave the single market and the customs union… All my votes are on the issue being debated and not in support of the government.”According to a Labour source, Vauxhall Labour meetings have been particularly “acrimonious” since Hoey was pictured on a boat with Ukip’s Nigel Farage during the Brexit campaign. But some members were already displeased by the MP’s criticisms of Lambeth Council.Views vary across the party as to whether Hoey should be deselected. Unsurprisingly, Labour Leavers are less keen: Brendan Chilton last week wrote for LabourList ‘in defence of Kate Hoey’. It is also pointed out by more Brexit-sympathetic Corbynites that she stayed loyal to Jeremy Corbyn during the 2016 leadership coup.If the motion of censure passes at local party level, Labour’s ruling national executive committee will be asked to advise on whether an early trigger ballot is possible.UPDATE on 27th July: The motion of censure was passed unanimously.Kate Hoey has been contacted for comment.Below is the full amended motion going to Vauxhall Labour GC tonight. (Original text in italics.)This CLP notes that in June 2017 Kate Hoey was elected on a manifesto which explicitly rejected Theresa May’s approach to Brexit and that she pledged in a letter to constituents that she endorsed Labour’s plans.This CLP censures Kate Hoey MP for repeatedly reneging on those commitments, and ignoring the clearly stated views of her constituents and the national and local Labour Party.MPs must have the right to vote with their conscience and against the Party Whip on matters of principle. However, this right cannot extend to collaborating with the ERG and DUP by co-signing an amendment to the Trade Bill making it illegal for the UK government to make customs arrangements for Northern Ireland separate to Great Britain, thereby undermining the Good Friday Agreement and contravening Labour Party policy of trying to prevent a hard border; and to propping up a failing government by voting against an amendment to Clause 18 of the Trade Bill when Tory whips had made it clear that defeat could lead to an immediate general election, an election which Labour is widely expected to win.This CLP recognises Kate’s hard work as a constituency MP and that there have been many issues on which she has taken a principled stand which have not necessarily been supported by all local Party activists. However, we believe that the accumulation of her actions and statements over the years, culminating in her supporting this reactionary Government and a Tory Brexit which will threaten jobs, peace in Northern Ireland and the future of the NHS, and undermine workers’ rights and environmental and other standards, cannot be deemed to be compatible with Labour’s core beliefs and values. Examples of this go far beyond her views on EU membership and include:Working for Boris Johnson when he was London Mayor; chairing the Countryside Alliance and supporting fox hunting, despite representing an inner city constituency; supporting elitist grammar schools; attacking Labour’s ban on hand guns following the Dunblane massacre;  colluding with Nigel Farage, UKIP and the leave.eu campaign during the referendum; failing to condemn the Breaking Point poster; acceptance of funds from Arron Banks (whose finances are currently under investigation); and her lack of endorsement or campaigning for official Labour candidates during the recent Council elections, instead openly praising Green Party candidates.This CLP therefore requests(a) That the Leader of the Labour Party and Chief Whip suspend Kate Hoey from the Parliamentary Labour Party and remove the Whip; and (b) That the National Executive Committee declare Kate Hoey ineligible for re-selection or endorsement as a Labour Party parliamentary candidate.Below is the motion passed by Vauxhall Momentum.last_img read more

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SF Teacher is Evicted by Tech Workers and Protesters Take Their CaseSF Teacher is Evicted by Tech Workers and Protesters Take Their Case

first_img Tags: evictions • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% “This is a new attempt to evict tenants by saying that just by living in an illegal unit and using appliances there, the tenant is creating ‘a nuisance,’” said Malliet’s attorney, Joseph Tobener, adding that he has seen only three such eviction cases in San Francisco. This unusual legal tactic, coupled with the threat of a teacher and single mother losing her home, did not sit well with the city’s educators and tenant advocates, who in return also tried a new approach.Armed with posters and a megaphone, some 20 people protested the impending eviction at the 546 Bryant St. office of Mubi, a film website headquartered in London that employs one of the evicting landlords.“We are not blaming Mubi for this eviction – we are saying, ‘talk with your VP of product development and tell him that you don’t like this attention on your company,’” said one of the protest’s organizers, Christopher Cook, about the public shaming. The group taped flyers with the landlord’s image reading “there are unoccupied homes for sale. Go buy one,” on the tech office’s Bryant street entrance.“We are sending a clear message – if you don’t want to be a good landlord, don’t buy a home that has people living in it,” said Cook. Teachers who came to support Malliet said that her eviction was especially damaging, as it would likely displace a 20-year San Francisco Unified School District veteran who primarily serves low-income and disadvantaged families. It comes in the midst of  a housing crisis that has already displaced many qualified educators. “The school district is scrambling to find teachers like her,” said Matthew Hardy of the United Educators of San Francisco, a union that represents teachers and paraprofessionals. Hardy explained that the district’s struggle with high turnovers and low retention rates has reached a “crisis point.”“We are fighting for Michelle, because if this eviction goes through, there will be a gaping hole where she serves,” said Hardy.Despite the protesters’ vocal efforts, the company remained mum about the eviction on Thursday. One disgruntled worker who exited the Bryant Street building asked the protesters if they had “chosen this spot on purpose,” but hurried off without awaiting a reply. It is unclear if Malliet’s new landlord, Verbeeck, was at work. Regardless, Cook said he believed that the message had gotten through. “They know we are here today whether they are here or not.”Protesters gathered in front of a downtown tech office to call attention to the eviction of a schoolteacher and her daughter by one of the company’s employees. Photo by Laura WaxmannMalliet, who was also present at the protest, said that she was not surprised at the company’s silence, but appreciated the community support. “I feel taken care of, ” she said. “When I first got that notice, I thought I was alone in this eviction.”Still, Malliet had hoped for a dialogue. “I’m open to talk.”The 49-year-old teacher said that spending the past four months splitting her time between “teaching special-needs children, parenting, and keeping up with this eviction” has been difficult for her.  “I’m still hoping to stay,” said the San Francisco native, adding that she had hoped that the building was purchased “as an investment” and never thought the landlords would move to evict her. “I grew up in this city and I want the same for my daughter.” That does not seem to be the plan of her new landlords. The city permits building owners to bring illegal units up to code by following a stipulated process – a route that could prevent Malliet’s displacement. But Tobener, the attorney, said that the new landlords have not indicated that they wish to initiate this process.“The landlords can fix this building and put it in a good condition, and the city would support them in legalizing the unit,” said Tobener, adding that in the eight years that Malliet has lived in the in-law, not a single complaint was filed with the Department of Building Inspections or voiced by the previous landlord.“Its a matter of money and convenience for them,” said Tobener, adding that he got the sense that the couple “didn’t buy the building to be landlords.” center_img Update, 7/24/16: The San Francisco Examiner reports that the landlords and tenant have reached a settlement, though the tenant’s lawyer did not offer any additional details about whether she would be able to remain in place, saying only that both parties are happy with the deal.Protesters posted in front of the downtown office of a tech company on Thursday afternoon to call out one of its employees who recently purchased a Mission District home and is evicting a teacher and her daugher who live there. Earlier this year, school teacher Michelle Malliet and her daughter were served with an eviction notice for causing a “nuisance” by using gas and electrical appliances in their in-law apartment after two tech workers purchased Mission District building.  Malliet is a part-time special education aide at a Noe Valley school and teaches at an afterschool program in the Mission.Though they had lived without incident in the illegal unit for some eight years, the family was given the notice by Mathieu Verbeeck and Catherine Crevel on March 11 with just three days to vacate their home on 20th and Hampshire streets.last_img read more

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KYLE Eastmond is looking forward to what he thinksKYLE Eastmond is looking forward to what he thinks

first_imgKYLE Eastmond is looking forward to what he thinks is the biggest game in Rugby League today.Saints v Wigan is a massive clash whatever the date and with the added spice of a Challenge Cup Final place at Wembley on the line, the atmosphere and intensity will crank up a couple of notches.“It is a big game and the biggest in rugby league,” he said. “You can feel the magnitude of the game in training, it is something we have to be ready for and it is important that we prepare for it properly as a team and as individuals to give ourselves the best chance.“I have been playing centre but I’m not sure where I will fit in this week. Francis Meli will hopefully be back and therefore I might be given a different role. But whatever helps the team I am happy to do.“I am looking for a strong finish to the season. Things have turned around since the beginning for myself and the team too. We didn’t make the best start and hopefully myself and the team can kick on more and with better style.”A couple of weeks into the season the 21-year-old announced his decision to sign for Bath RU at the end of the current campaign.It had ramifications for both himself and the Club but thankfully it’s water under the bridge and fans are getting to see a glimpse of what Eastmond can do.“It was a choice that took a long time to make,” he continued, “and the fans showed their disappointment in my leaving and I understand that. I thought I did the right thing to let the club know I was leaving early so they could sign players to replace me and that’s what they did. I don’t think I would do that differently.“But I know the frustration I showed wasn’t right and I regret that 100 per cent. It was an emotional thing and I apologised for it. I made a decision to move on and I took the stick for it and it got to me. But I know I acted childish and I do regret that and I have grown up from it.“It was a tough decision. I love the club and have been here since I was 11. But the opportunity presented was one I wanted to take.“I have grown up over last 12 months as I have had to deal with a lot and I think I haven’t done too badly. I have got back in the team, I am playing decent rugby again and hopefully I have a chance of playing in the Semi Final of a Challenge Cup.“It would be superb to get to Wembley but we know Wigan will be a tough challenge.“Hopefully we can prepare properly, bring our best game we can do it.”last_img read more

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ADVICE for Saints fans travelling to Old TraffordADVICE for Saints fans travelling to Old Trafford

first_imgADVICE for Saints fans travelling to Old Trafford by car or train.From Northern Rail:Please be aware Northern Rail services in and out of Manchester are expected to be very busy on Saturday due to the Grand Final at Old Trafford. We are adding extra services and carriages where possible, but with 65,000 fans expected, services will still be busy.Please be aware that there are no direct services to/from St Helens Central station on Saturday.If you are travelling to St Helens Junction and stations to Huyton please travel via Manchester Victoria on the Liverpool Lime Street service. Please note there is only one service from Manchester Piccadilly to St Helens Junction so please make sure you travel via Victoria where additional seats will be availableIf you are travelling to Earlestown or Newton-le-Willows, please travel via Manchester Piccadilly on Chester or Liverpool Lime Street servicesIf you are travelling to Liverpool via Birchwood and Warrington Central please travel via Manchester Piccadilly.Please plan your journey in advance and give yourself plenty of extra time to travel.Suggested Travel Route (if driving):Travel on the M6 motorway to Junc 21A and continue on the M62 east – signposted Manchester, Bolton, Leeds.Continue to junction 12 M60 motorway – signed S&E Airport.Continue on the M60 to junction 9 exit and onto A5081 Trafford Park – signposted The Quays & Manchester Utd.Turn right onto John Gilbert Way for MUFC Car Parks – N3 and W2.General car parking Warren Bruce Road, Elevator Road and surrounding area.last_img read more

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The 20yearold has made 40 appearances for the SaThe 20yearold has made 40 appearances for the Sa

first_imgThe 20-year-old has made 40 appearances for the Saints since making his debut in 2016.“To be lucky enough to play as many games as I have at a young age, with some of the players I have, is very special,” he said. “Confidence is a massive thing in rugby. Having a new coach come in and start me has helped and I feel I can now crack on and further cement myself in the team.“I have confidence in my own ability. I also know I have more to give so to still be starting games, knowing in myself I have more in there, gives me confidence.”Morgan has been utilised in several positons since his progression from Academy to the first team with Justin Holbrook starting him at 13.“That’s my favoured position,” he added. “I see myself as a ball handling loose forward. That is where I like to be. I like doing the tough stuff but I also have some play in me too. That is where I’d like to see my career heading.“At the moment though I just want to crack on, week in week out. I want to further cement myself in the team and not think too far ahead.”You can read more from Morgan in this week’s matchday programme. It is priced at £3 and is available from the Saints Superstore and around the concourse on matchday.last_img read more

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Clarkton woman arrested for selling stolen propertyClarkton woman arrested for selling stolen property

first_img Wells then carried the stolen chainsaw into Pawn South in Elizabethtown and sold it. She knew or had reason to know at the time the property was stolen.Wells was charged with Obtaining Property By False Pretense. Her bond was set at $1,500 secured.Deputies have two other suspects in this case and expect to make additional arrests in the near future.Related Article: How the FBI used science to identify mail bomb suspectIn addition to the chain saw, a 55 inch flat screen television was also stolen.Anyone with more information is asked to call the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office.’ Angelina Tanya Wells is accused of selling stolen property to an Elizabethtown pawn shop. (Photo: Bladen County Sheriff’s Office) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Sheriff James A. McVicker said 43-year-old Angelina Tanya Wells of Clarkton was arrested for selling stolen property to an Elizabethtown pawn shop.Wells was arrested last week after deputies say she sold a chain saw that was stolen on September 18 from a home in the 700 block of Ruskin Road, near Elizabethtown.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Lane closures begin Monday on the Cape Fear Memorial BridgeLane closures begin Monday on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Drivers traveling on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge over the Cape Fear River will likely encounter intermittent lane closures beginning next Monday.NCODT says the closures are needed for crews to perform routine inspections.- Advertisement – The closures will start at 9 a.m. Monday, October 30, and continue until 3 p.m. each day through Thursday, November 2.The Federal Highway Administration requires all bridges to be inspected once every two years. Regular inspections help the department identify whether a bridge needs maintenance and repair. If inspectors find a safety concern, the bridge will be repaired or closed immediately until the repairs can be made.  If necessary, weight restrictions will be placed on a bridge. The department will not keep a bridge open if it is determined to be unsafe.Although there will not be any detours, drivers are urged to seek alternate routes. Motorists are also advised to use caution while traveling through the work zone and expect possible delays.last_img read more

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North Carolina Chemours chemical penalties delayed to stickNorth Carolina Chemours chemical penalties delayed to stick

first_imgAerial view of Chemours plant (Photo: WWAY) RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina environmental regulators are delaying penalties against a chemical company for discharging compounds with worrying but little-researched health effects until they’re confident a case will stand up in court, a state official said Wednesday.The state Department of Environmental Quality has issued two violation notices in less than six months, warned of pending civil penalties and threatened to revoke the permit that legally allows The Chemours Co. plant near Fayetteville to discharge pollutants. Despite that, the agency hasn’t imposed concrete penalties.- Advertisement – Legislators investigating why the chemical GenX has been found in nearby water wells and public drinking water in Wilmington, nearly 100 miles downriver, wanted answers why regulators have held back. GenX is used in the production of Teflon and other non-stick surfaces. Little research exists about the health effects of GenX.“How much more is Chemours going to get away with before something is done?” asked Rep. Ted Davis, who represents Wilmington and neighboring communities.State assistant environment secretary Sheila Holman said regulators are being methodical with the prospect of a court challenge in mind.Related Article: Alabama abortion bill passes Senate, heads to governor“We’ve talked before about not taking an action that we can’t defend in court,” she said.Tests are also trying to determine the extent of related chemicals in Jordan Lake — which supplies water to the cities of Durham and Cary — and at a Marine Corps secondary airfield near the coastal town of Emerald Isle.Wilmington, Delaware-based Chemours didn’t respond Wednesday to an invitation to comment.Chemours CEO Mark Vergnano last week told stock analysts the company has been intentionally avoiding public comments about its North Carolina plant while working with regulators on a long-term solution. He said the company is committed to continuing operations at its Bladen County plant.“We continue to believe that none of the discharges — either before we became an independent company in mid-2015 or after — have adversely impacted anyone’s health,” Vergnano said. The company was spun off by DuPont Co. in 2015.Earlier this month, Ohio’s attorney general accused Chemours and DuPont of releasing into the environment for decades a harmful chemical that was replaced by GenX. The lawsuit seeks damages and the costs of cleaning up contamination from the chemical — perfluorooctanoic acid, also called C8 — which DuPont used to manufacture Teflon products from the 1950s through 2013.DuPont and Chemours last year agreed to pay nearly $671 million to settle more than 3,500 federal and state lawsuits filed over the dumping of C8 into the Ohio River near Parkersburg, West Virginia.___Follow Emery P. Dalesio at http://twitter.com/emerydalesio. His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/emery-p-dalesiolast_img read more

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Call to 911 details altercation before Mondays fatal shootingCall to 911 details altercation before Mondays fatal shooting

first_imgA stop the violence sign is displaying the 1000 block of Martin Street where 23-year-old Fuquan Wright was killed Monday. (Photo: Kevin Maurer/StarNews) WILMINGTON, NC (StarNewsOnline) — A fatal shooting earlier this week happened after a taser attack, according to a 911 call.The 911 call came into the New Hanover County Emergency Center just after 2:30 p.m. on Memorial Day. The caller lived in the 1000 block of Martin Street and told the operator he just shot a man.- Advertisement – “Some guy just tried to come in my house,” the caller said. “He came over looking for somebody I didn’t know. I didn’t recognize the name or nothing.”The “guy” was 23-year-old Fuquan Wright. He died a few hours later. The Wilmington Police Department called it an “isolated” incident, but Monday’s 911 call is the first glimpse into what occurred. The shooting is still under investigation, according to a police statement. No charges have been filed.Click here to read more from StarNewsOnline.last_img read more

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