Keir Starmer elected new UK Labour leader replacing Corbyn

first_imgHe immediately addressed the issue of anti-Semitism that Corbyn was accused of failing to tackle, which tarnished the party’s reputation and caused Jewish members to leave in droves.”Anti-Semitism has been a stain on our party. I have seen the grief that it’s brought to so many Jewish communities,” Starmer said.”On behalf of the Labour Party, I am sorry. “And I will tear out this poison by its roots and judge success by the return of Jewish members and those who felt that they could no longer support us.”Starmer, who won a resounding 56.2 percent of the vote of Labour members, acknowledged the party had “a mountain to climb”, after four straight general election defeats — two under Corbyn.But he vowed: “We will climb it.”He added: “I will lead this great party into a new era, with confidence and with hope.”So that when the time comes, we can serve our country again in government.”Topics : Starmer, who was Labour’s Brexit spokesman, called his election “the honour and privilege” of his life and vowed to “engage constructively” with Johnson’s Conservative government.Johnson immediately offered his congratulations and the pair spoke, with Starmer accepting an invitation to a government briefing on COVID-19 next week.”Keir offered to work constructively with the government on how best to respond to the coronavirus outbreak,” his spokesman said.Starmer himself vowed to reunite Labour, after deep rifts between supporters of socialist Corbyn’s hard-left ideals and centrists, and wrangling over its Brexit strategy. Pro-European centrist Keir Starmer was on Saturday unveiled as new Labour party leader, heralding a shift in Britain’s main opposition party after a crushing election defeat under veteran socialist Jeremy Corbyn and years of ideological infighting. The 57-year-old former chief state prosecutor defeated Corbyn loyalist Rebecca Long-Bailey and backbencher Lisa Nandy in a lengthy campaign sparked by Corbyn’s resignation after December’s loss at the polls to Boris Johnson’s Conservatives.Angela Rayner becomes the new deputy leader, Labour announced on Twitter, after it was forced to cancel a special conference because of the coronavirus outbreak.last_img read more

Easterby rejects Edwards’ claims

first_imgSimon Easterby has rejected Wales coach Shaun Edwards’ claims that Ireland play “very dangerous” rugby by employing the choke tackle. Forwards coach Easterby refused to be drawn into a war of words with Wales assistant Edwards over Ireland’s frequent and telling use of a tackle designed to hold the opponent off the ground. Former rugby league star Edwards has branded the choke tackle “a blight on the game that encourages high tackling”, but Easterby denied Ireland take any risks on safety with their approach. Press Association The tactic has been hugely successful for Ireland, who put it to good use to beat Wales in Dublin en route to claiming the 2014 Six Nations title. Ireland host England in Dublin on Sunday, before taking on Wales in Cardiff on March 14. Edwards addressed the media regarding perceived and purposeful obstruction dummy lines run by England players ahead of Wales’ clash with Stuart Lancaster’s side at the start of the tournament. The former Wasps coach has weighed into another wider rugby issue, suggesting the choke tackle puts player safety to the test. Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton produced two pivotal turnovers from choke tackles on France’s express train centre Mathieu Bastareaud in his side’s 18-11 victory on February 14. The 29-year-old suffered a black eye and several eyebrow stitches from two clashes of heads with France’s bullish midfielder, but refused to stray from the tactic. While Easterby defended Joe Schmidt’s side’s right to continue to play within the game’s current laws, the former Ireland flanker was not about to let any rebuttal turn personal. The former British and Irish Lion instead turned his attention to the battle for Ireland’s loosehead prop berth, admitting a selection conundrum between Jack McGrath and Cian Healy. Fit-again Healy was released for Leinster action at the weekend after coming off the bench in Ireland’s victory over France. The British Lions front-rower is finally back up to speed after more than three months of hamstring trouble, and Easterby admitted he is ready to start if selected ahead of McGrath. “We’re lucky really that we’ve got Cian coming back to full fitness and up to speed on what we’re doing,” said Easterby. “He’s been out of the game for three months, he’s probably made a really quick recovery from that injury and he’s come back in unbelievable shape. “But we also have a player in Jack who has been phenomenal, and his numbers are high in everything that he does. “And we now have a great position in the loosehead that we do have two quality players in there we can call upon. “It’s a good position to be in, it’s not every position that we have that in. “Cian is definitely fit, yeah. “Listen it’s a nice position to be in, you’ve got Jack who has played a lot of rugby for us and done really well for a young man in a very attritional position.” Pressed on the issue and asked if Ireland play dangerous rugby, Easterby replied: “No.” The former Scarlets coach was however determined not to cloud the build-up to Sunday’s pivotal RBS 6 Nations clash with England by discussing the merits of the choke tackle at length. “He’s entitled to his opinion, but I don’t want to comment on that,” said Easterby of Edwards’ comments. “It’s a type of tackle that teams are using, just like a chop tackle is, just like an assist tackle, but I would prefer not to comment on what Shaun Edwards has said, because that’s outside of this environment and I don’t want to be commenting on that. “We’ve got to play within the law, and as long as we’re disciplined and play within the law, then that’s all we can ask of the players, and that’s what we’ll coach time and time again. “I really don’t have an opinion on what he said.” Ireland defence coach Les Kiss pioneered the choke tackle in 2011, to capitalise on a technicality of maul laws. The defending team attempts to hold the attacking player off the ground and hold the ball in the resulting maul – when play stagnates, the defending team win the put-in at the scrum and a turnover. last_img read more

Zinedine Zidane: Nothing has changed with Gareth Bale despite rescuing Real Madrid

first_imgZinedine Zidane praised Gareth Bale’s goalscoring performance against Arsenal but insisted nothing had changed with the Real Madrid outcast.Bale came off the bench to rescue Madrid, who trailed 2-0 at halftime before the Wales star scored to inspire a 2-2 draw at the International Champions Cup, where Zidane’s men prevailed 3-2 on penalties. “He is with us and we will continue working. We play well 10 against 11 and better 10 against 10. I don’t know what will happen. He wanted to play and the other day no.”I haven’t talked to him. He has trained normally and that’s why he played. Nothing has changed, you know what the situation is like.” FT: @RealMadrid 2-2 @Arsenal (3-2 pens) @GarethBale11 56′, @marcoasensio10 59′; Lacazette 10′ (p), Aubameyang 24’#Emirates | #RealMadridIsHere pic.twitter.com/Gu0KP4YqoV— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) July 24, 2019Bale stole the show in the second half at FedEx Field, where Marco Asensio also impressed before he left the field on a stretcher. Gareth Bale’s agent slams ‘disgrace’ Zinedine Zidane after Madrid transfer revelation Substitute Asensio equalized three minutes after Bale reduced the deficit in the 56th minute against Arsenal, who had Sokratis Papastathopoulos sent off for a second yellow card prior to the interval.However, Asensio’s game was abruptly cut short by an apparent knee injury and Zidane revealed he is very concerned.”It’s worrisome,” Zidane said. “Hopefully not, but he’s gone directly to the hospital to test. It looks bad.” Tipped to leave Madrid, Bale sat out last week’s loss to Bayern Munich, but he was surprisingly involved in Maryland after Zidane claimed the 30-year-old was close to departing the Santiago Bernabeu.Asked about Bale’s performance on Tuesday, head coach Zidane — who saw Nacho Fernandez sent off in the ninth minute for a handball — told reporters: “He has played a good game and I am happy for him. As for everyone. Related Newslast_img read more