July 2019

Dennis Skinner also known as the Beast of Bolsove

first_imgDennis Skinner, also known as the Beast of Bolsover, is the longest continuously serving MP in the House of Commons. He has represented his constituency since 1970.Labour activists and parliamentary colleagues have been celebrating his birthday, as the left-wing backbencher turns 87 today. To mark the occasion, here are five moments from his political career.1. The heart bypass speechIn a speech directed at then-Ukip MPs Mark Reckless and Douglas Carswell, Skinner told the Commons: “We dragged the National Health Service in 1997 to 2010 from the depths of degradation that the Tories left it in and hoisted it back to the pinnacles of achievement.“I’ve got a United Nations heart bypass to prove it, and it was done by a Syrian cardiologist, a Malaysian surgeon, a Dutch doctor, a Nigerian registrar, and these two people here [Reckless and Carswell] talk about sending them back from whence they came.“And if they did that in the hospitals in London, I for one would be dead in six months. That’s the facts about Ukip as well.” Tags:Dennis Skinner /Labour / 2. The “Dodgy Dave” speechIn 2016, Skinner was asked by Speaker Bercow to withdraw his description of then-Prime Minister David Cameron as “dodgy”.“This man has done more to divide this nation than anybody else. He’s looked after his own pocket. I still refer to him as Dodgy Dave! Do what you like,” he replied.Skinner was then told to leave the Commons and not return for the rest of the day.3. “You’re not working for Murdoch”When Jeremy Corbyn was first choosing his shadow cabinet in 2015, Emily Maitlis reported that Dennis Skinner had “not been approached for a job by Jeremy Corbyn and would not take a job by Jeremy Corbyn”.Skinner interrupted: “No, I told Jeremy Corbyn before. You’re spinning already.” He added: “That was spinning. That was an example of spinning because you tried to imply that I turned it down.”Maitlis said it was a “joke”, but Skinner replied: “Well I think it’s time that you got real and you understood that you’re not working for Murdoch at the BBC.”4. “We’re gonna borrow it”Speaking in Ashton-under-Lyne in 2015, Skinner set out his views on demand-side economics and Keynesianism.“What’s all this business about you can’t borrow money to expand the economy? That’s how you get out of every recession,” the MP said.“After the Second World War, without a penny to spend, we built the National Health Service. We built council houses in every town and city.”5. The Queen’s Speech quipsNo such list would be complete without Skinner’s traditional Queen’s Speech joke. Here he is in 2017 poking fun at the Queen heading to Royal Ascot after her speech:Noting his support for the BBC in 2016:last_img read more

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Sunday’s Stobart Super League Round 22 game with Huddersfield Giants.Mark Flanagan is named in the 19 once more and is set to make his first appearance since the end of June.Shaun Magennis is also recalled whilst Tony Puletua is banned for a match.The squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax, 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Chris Flannery, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan 16. Paul Clough, 18. Shaun Magennis, 19. Andy Dixon, 20. Lee Gaskell, 21. Tommy Makinson, 26. Josh Jones.Paul Anderson’s Huddersfield team will be chosen from:1. Scott Grix, 2. Michael Lawrence, 3. Leroy Cudjoe, 4. Lee Gilmour, 7. Danny Brough, 8. Eorl Crabtree, 9. Luke Robinson, 10. Keith Mason, 12. David Fa’alogo, 13. David Faiumu, 15. Larne Patrick, 18. Jason Chan, 19. Tommy Lee, 20. Luke George, 23. Jacob Fairbank, 26. Jamie Cording, 29. Greg Eden, 35. Scott Moore, 36. Brett Ferres.The game kicks off at 7.45pm and the referee is James Child.Tickets are on sale for the game too and details are here.Stat Pack:Huddersfield are seeking their first away win against St Helens in the summer era on Sunday night – all five of the Giants’ Super League wins against the Saints have come at home.Huddersfield’s last league win at St Helens was 16-15 at Knowsley Road on 26 November, 1978 – with Saints winning 18 successive home competitive fixtures since then.Last Ten Meetings:Huddersfield 17, St Helens 16 (SLR5, 4/3/12)St Helens 19, Huddersfield 6 (SLR24, 12/8/11)Huddersfield 40, St Helens 18 (SLR14, 14/5/11)St Helens 42, Huddersfield 22 (SLQSF, 24/9/10)St Helens 30, Huddersfield 22 (SLR17, 11/6/10)Huddersfield 6, St Helens 24 (SLR8, 28/3/10)St Helens 15, Huddersfield 2 (SLQPO, 19/9/09)St Helens 12, Huddersfield 10 (SLR25, 21/8/09)Huddersfield 24, St Helens 14 (CCSF, 9/8/09)(at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)Huddersfield 6, St Helens 23 (SLR2, 22/2/09)Super League Summary:St Helens won 27 (includes wins in 2009 and 2010 play-offs)Huddersfield won 5Ups and Downs:St Helens highest score: 68-18 (H, 1998) (Widest margin: 68-18, H, 1998; 54-4, H, 2007)Huddersfield highest score: 40-18 (H, 2011) (also widest margin)last_img read more

Governments lacklustre enforcement on littering hindering our work – Greenpak

first_img SharePrint Greenpak says the government’s, ‘lack of enforcement is severely undermining our investment and our work.’The Waste Management company explains that they are angry that the despite their efforts to install their iBins and to empty these once they are notified, the authorities have been lacklustre in enforcing the law.They add that the government’s response has been instead to send out what they refer to as the ‘troops’ to address the problem in St Paul’s Bay reactively, rather than proactively.‘This is having an adverse result as many now believe that leaving litter in the streets is helping Government make ‘nice statements’ about how many tonnes of waste are being collected to keep Malta clean.’Going further, Greenpak stressed that this lack of enforcement has even extended to the authorities not acting on clear violations caught on tape.The company says they are prepared to install CCTV at all of its iBin sites but due to a ‘lack of enforcement by the authorities on footage that has been forwarded to them for a number of months, is making Greenpak doubt the wisdom of such an investment.’On a more positive note, Greenpak says that the they have seen a 40% average increase in the use of their iBins.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more