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first_imgThe new minister for disabled people is facing criticism over her voting record on disability issues from a user-led organisation that provides support in her own constituency.The Cornish MP Sarah Newton was appointed as the new minister late last week as a replacement for Penny Mordaunt, who has been promoted to international development secretary.Newton was previously director of Age Concern England, founder and first director of the International Longevity Centre, and worked in marketing for the hotel group IBIS, the international bank Citibank and credit card giant American Express.Her website says she has focused as an MP on “speaking up for Cornwall’s public services”, and that she has “campaigned tirelessly for local people feeling the pinch as result of the 2008 financial crash, with a focus on helping the poorest”.In parliament, the website says, she has “carried forward her passion for helping the most vulnerable in our society, and those who look after them”, including through her former role as vice-chair of the all-party parliamentary group for social care.Before last week’s appointment, she was a junior Home Office minister.But Newton, MP for Truro and Falmouth since 2010, is now facing criticism from disAbility Cornwall & Isles of Scilly (DCIS), a disabled people’s organisation (DPO) that provides support for disabled people in her constituency.The DPO, which said it had corresponded with Newton on issues such as social security reform over several years, congratulated her on her appointment but pointed out that her voting record “does not necessarily reflect well as an ambassador for people affected by illness or disability, or people who may be more reliant on state support”.Despite her “focus on helping the poorest” in her constituency, her Commons voting record shows Newton consistently voted with her government as it has introduced sweeping cuts to social security since 2010.DCIS said that this voting record showed she had voted against paying higher benefits to disabled people; in favour of the bedroom tax; and in favour of reducing social security spending.In a statement, disAbility Cornwall said it would welcome the opportunity to work more closely with the new minister, and “show her the true impact government policy is having on disabled people, who have been hit by a plethora of welfare reforms, cuts to services, and forced into low skill, low pay inaccessible work, and unaffordable housing stock and public transport”.The statement added: “Disabled people are not just disadvantaged by their impairment, but by the environment and housing they live in, the education and transportation from which they are excluded, the limitations in shopping for food and the additional costs of heating, laundry – those additional costs that disabled people face due to their impairments.“We should all be mindful it has now been 22 years since disability legislation first came in, and yet life has become much worse for disabled people, with real gains made by the independent living movement now directly threatened and undermined.”In the first days since her appointment, Newton has already shown that she will mirror her predecessors in hugely controversial areas such as defending cuts to disability benefits.And she has also shown that she is ready to follow Mordaunt in misleading fellow MPs.Answering questions in the Commons on her ministerial brief on Monday (pictured), just four days after her appointment, she was asked by SNP’s Deidre Brock about the government’s decision to cut weekly payments to new employment and support allowance claimants placed in the work-related activity group (WRAG) by nearly £30 a week, a measure that was introduced in April by the government.She replied: “There are no cuts for people on those benefits. Let me be absolutely clear about that.”What she should have said was that – as she had told another MP earlier – the cuts would only apply to new claimants and not those already claiming ESA in the WRAG.Newton also repeated Mordaunt’s claim that the UK was “a global leader in disability rights”, despite the humiliation of her government being found by the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities to be responsible for causing a “human catastrophe” to disabled people as a result of its cuts to social security and other support.But in one area, Newton’s appointment may please the disabled people’s movement.In contrast to Mordaunt, who was a keen advocate of legalising assisted suicide, Newton is an opponent of a change in the law, a position that is likely to reassure many disabled activists and disabled people’s organisations.Professor Peter Beresford, co-chair of Shaping Our Lives, the national network of disabled people and service-users, was another to criticise the minister’s past voting record.He said her appointment was “an interesting statement on the complex nature of modern politics and politicians”.He said: “She has consistently voted for the bedroom tax, against raising welfare benefits and for reduced welfare benefits spending.“Hardly sounds like someone with an understanding of disabled people, yet she was formerly Director of Age Concern England and has shown a longstanding interest in ageing.”But he said he doubted if she would remain in post for long.She has now become the seventh minister for disabled people to be appointed since the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition took power in 2010, following Maria Miller, Esther McVey, Mike Penning, Mark Harper, Justin Tomlinson and Penny Mordaunt.Beresford said: “I doubt Ms Newton, who began as a banker, will have much to contribute to disabled people except more out-of-touch grief.”The new minister declined to respond to questions from Disability News Service about her new role.last_img read more

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first_imgSean Long looks back at the loss to Widnes and previews the Leigh game whilst Alex Walmsley and Mark Percival both talk about their England call ups.It’s easy to listen to our podcasts – they are automatically synced to your device if you subscribe via iTunes.Tickets for Friday’s game with leigh, which kicks off at 8pm, are on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here. Audio Playerhttps://www.saintsrlfc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Podcast.2017-04-27.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

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first_imgHere are the first three.1. Evan Bullen – Prop Forward from Halton Farnworth HornetsHe is sponsored by Optiva.Previous Number 1s: 2004 – Ste Bannister (Blackbrook) 2006 – Tom Armstrong (Pilkington Recs) 2009 – Nathan Ashe (family relocated from NZ) 2011 – Brad Ashurst (Portico Vine) 2013 – Daniel Abram (Bold Miners) 2015 – Brad Billsborough (Newton Storm)2. Sean Croston – Centre from Newton StormHe is sponsored by Eco Boilers, Bury Broncos, West Houghton Barbers and North West Roofing Supplies.Previous Number 2s: 2004 – Liam Bland (Waterhead) 2006 – Karl Ashall (Leigh East) 2009 – Marcus Baines (Burtonwood and Blackbrook) 2011 – Chris Carr (Chorley Panthers) 2013 – Phil Atherton (Orrell St James) 2015 – Cameron Brown (Thatto Heath Crusaders)3. Matthew Foster – Second Row from Blackbrook RoyalsHe is sponsored by Ash Tree Care, Galaxy Blinds, I Secure NW Limited, Legh Vale Primary School, TLS Management Solutions and Fujitsu.Previous Number 3s: 2004 – Marty Bradshaw (Blackbrook Royals) 2006 – Matty Ashurst (Chorley Panthers) 2009 – Adam Barber (Bold Miners) 2011 – Lewis Charnock (Rylands) 2013 – Ricky Bailey (Shevington Sharks) 2015 – Kevin Brown (Thatto Heath Crusaders)last_img read more

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first_imgHis charges beat Sheffield Eagles 64-6 with new signing James Bentley grabbing a hat-trick.“I was very happy with the performance and impressed with everyone who played,” he said. “For our first friendly of the year it went well and was a really good hit out.“There were some really good signs out there. A few times we fell at the last pass but the boys showed some crisp hands on a lot of the plays which was good to see. We obviously defended well too.”Bentley caught the eye with his hat-trick whilst the younger players didn’t look out of place either.“I thought James went well and looked dangerous,” Justin continued. “He has been training hard so it was good for him and his teammates to get a good hit out.“The junior players went well too and I was particularly impressed with Kev Brown at full back.“We’ll bring the senior boys back next week for our last hit out before round one. There’s around 12 or so that will feature in that game and we are looking forward to it.”Saints take on Leigh on Friday January 26 (8pm) with their first Betfred Super League game of the 2018 season coming a week later at home to Castleford on Friday February 2 (7:45pm).Tickets are now on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

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first_imgRegan Grace crossed for a brace in the 26-12 victory, whilst Tommy Makinson, Jonny Lomax and Morgan Knowles also tallied tries.Saints couldn’t match the free flowing rugby of their previous two wins but did produce some quality moments for the fans.Jonny Lomax’s 10th minute try came from a Tommy Makinson chip and soon after provider became scorer as he took Danny Richardson’s crossfield kick.The Dragons got themselves back into it when Brayden Williame beat Ryan Morgan to Josh Drinkwater’s kick.But with seconds Morgan Knowles restored the advantage with a mazy run under the sticks.Saints went into the sheds 16-4 up at half time and quickly extended their lead five minutes into the second half.Fages took the line on at speed, linked up with Mark Percival and he sent Grace in for his third in two games.It was a lovely move – but all that hard work was undone as from the restart, Saints overplayed, lost the ball, and Jodie Broughton went over in the corner.Remi Casty went close on 60 minutes – and then Jon Wilkin had one chalked off for a double movement.But Saints put the game to bed with 10 to go – and it came from another flowing move on the left hand side.Grace notching his second after fine hands from Wilkin, Fages, Taia, Lomax and Percival.Richardson tagged on the conversion – his third of the night before Lewis Tierney finished off a blindside move on the right to end the scoring.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Lomax, Makinson, Knowles, Grace (2) Goals: Richardson (3 from 5)Dragons: Tries: Williame, Broughton, Tierney Goals: Drinkwater (0 from 3)Penalties Awarded: Saints: 11 Dragons: 7HT: 16-4 FT: 26-12REF: R HicksATT: 9,138Teams:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 19. Regan Grace; 6. Theo Fages, 18. Danny Richardson; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 11. Zeb Taia, 17. Dom Peyroux, 12. Jon Wilkin. Subs: 7. Matty Smith, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles.Dragons: 31. Tony Gigot; 2. Jodie Broughton, 16. Vincent Duport, 4. Brayden Wiliame, 20. Lewis Tierney; 6. Samisoni Langi, 33. Josh Drinkwater; 8. Remi Casty, 19. Michael McIlorum, 14. Julian Bousquet, 11. Louis Anderson, 21. Benjamin Jullien, 13. Greg Bird. Subs: 10. Sam Moa, 17. Jason Baitieri, 23. Antoni Maria, 24. Alrix Da Costa.last_img read more