LabourList readers would vote for a full selection

first_imgLabourList readers would vote for a full selection process rather than automatically reselect their local sitting Labour MP, our latest survey has found.Asked whether they would opt to trigger an open contest, allowing the local party to possibly deselect their current representative, 59% of those respondents who identified themselves as Labour members said they would vote for a full selection process. 41% of the members who took the survey said they would vote to reselect their MP.27% of all respondents indicated that they were either not a Labour member or that they were not currently represented by a Labour MP (and will therefore inevitably be given the opportunity to participate in a full selection, unless an early election is called before it is completed).Corbynite campaign group Momentum has launched a drive to encourage members to trigger open selections ahead of the next election. Under new rules, the threshold for kickstarting a full process is one third or more of party branches or one third or more of affiliated branches.LabourList readers also overwhelmingly support Labour’s new Brexit position, with over 78% agreeing with the decision to back a public vote and Remain against a Tory deal or no deal.Jeremy Corbyn confirmed in an email to members last week that Labour would back a public vote and “campaign for Remain against either no deal or a Tory deal”. The shift in policy follows years of pursuing an alternative plan aimed at uniting Leave and Remain voters.Responding to the latest LabourList survey, 78.5% of 6,454 respondents said they endorsed the new stance, while just 21.5% answered ‘No’ or ‘Don’t know’.Most LabourList readers believe Labour has done enough to tackle antisemitism within the party – and that an ‘auto exclusion’ rule for members with a “prima facie case to answer” on the issue should not be implemented.Keir Starmer and deputy leader Tom Watson have endorsed the idea of automatically excluding members in “prima facie” cases of antisemitism. But 60% of readers and 63% of self-identified members said such a rule change should not be implemented, while 40% of readers and 37% of self-identified members favoured the idea.For the first time since LabourList surveys were rebooted, John McDonnell has topped the poll of favourite shadow cabinet members. Keir Starmer and Emily Thornberry made up the rest of the top three.The latest survey saw 56% of respondents select the Shadow Chancellor as one of their three favourite members of the top team, while 38% chose the Shadow Brexit Secretary, who has always previously topped the poll.Rebecca Long-Bailey has improved her standing again in the popularity poll, swapping places with Tom Watson to come fourth.1. Are you a member of the Labour Party?Click to enlarge.Yes – 86.1% (5,554)No – 13.9% (900)2. Momentum has launched a campaign encouraging Labour members across the country to trigger open parliamentary selections.Would you vote for a full selection to choose your local Labour candidate or vote to reselect your sitting MP without moving to a full selection?Click to enlarge.I would vote for a full selection – 46.1% (2,973)I would vote to reselect my sitting MP – 32.5% (2,095)I am not a Labour member and/or I am not currently represented by a Labour MP – 21.5% (1,386)3. Has Labour done enough to tackle antisemitism within the party?Click to enlarge.Yes – 50.1% (3,234)No –  36.6% (2,360)Don’t know – 13.3% (860)4. Tom Watson and Keir Starmer have backed the idea of an ‘auto exclusion’ rule for members with a “prima facie case to answer” on antisemitism. Do you believe that Labour should implement this rule change?Click to enlarge.No – 60.2% (3,886)Yes – 39.8% (2,568)5. Labour has decided to back a public vote and Remain against a Tory Brexit deal or no deal. Do you agree with this decision?Click to enlarge.Yes – 78.5% (5,067)No – 16.2% (1,048)Don’t know – 5.3% (339)6. Who are your top three favourite shadow cabinet members?Click to enlarge.John McDonnell – 3,611Keir Starmer – 2,478Emily Thornberry – 1,787Rebecca Long-Bailey – 1,522Tom Watson – 1,496Diane Abbott – 1,352Angela Rayner – 1,253Richard Burgon – 1,088Barry Gardiner – 1,012Dawn Butler – 569Ian Lavery – 524Shami Chakrabarti – 439Jonathan Ashworth – 376Dan Carden – 279Andy McDonald – 215Andrew Gwynne – 179Cat Smith – 176Baroness Smith of Basildon – 156John Healey – 150Jon Trickett – 140Nia Griffith – 107Nick Brown – 85Margaret Greenwood – 63Sue Hayman – 59Tony Lloyd – 57Lord Thomas McAvoy – 53 Barbara Keeley – 39Peter Dowd – 37Valerie Vaz – 35Lesley Laird – 30Christina Rees – 26The survey was open from 12.30pm on Sunday 14th July until 12.30pm on Monday 15th July. The results are unweighted and from a self-selected sample of readers. Thank you to all 6,454 readers who took part.Tags:Parliamentary Selections /Weekly Survey /Antisemitism /Brexit /Trigger ballot /last_img read more

Distillations I went to The Blind Cat and learned to see

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter “The Blind Cat” used to be the “Dirty Thieves” tavern, but changed its name in 2011 after the owner lost a bet. Which all scans. But why change it to “The Blind Cat?” Is there a superstition about blind cats being good drinking companions? Is there a nursery rhyme about blind cats that I don’t know about? A prominent San Francisco family that has a blind cat as its symbol? What am I missing?There’s not even a cat in the bar. Even Eddie Rickenbacker’s, back in the day, actually had a stupidly enormous cat in the bar, but didn’t want to name itself “The Stupidly Enormous Cat” bar. For good reason. Fortunately there are no cat tchotchkes inside, which I’m grateful for. In fact, there’s still “Dirty Thieves” signage hanging from the walls and, walking in, this immediately strikes one as more of a bar you’d expect from a name like “Dirty Thieves.” It’s nicely divey. A gorgeous if worn long wooden bar stretches across two-thirds of the room, with lots of stools. The only other seats are a couple of booths opposite the bar: This is the sort of place where you’re almost always either sitting at the bar or standing near it. Past the bar, a pool table dominates the rest of the room, with two pinball machines flanking it. The bathroom, I would later discover, is terrifying. The urinal itself actually has painted graffiti on it, which is a level of cultivated bar bathroom abuse I have never seen before. A jukebox plays mostly blues for the entire time I’m there, which was just right. The beer list and specials — all beer and shot combos — were posted on various boards above the bar. Asking about the cocktail specials got me a rundown of the happy hour discount on well drinks. Which, to be clear, were very cheap. I asked the bartender, Kara, if there were any cocktails they did especially well, or that she did — could she make me the cocktail that most spoke to her? Her response was an apologetic look. “We’re more of a beer and shots bar,” she said. “We can do cocktails, but not interesting ones.” Which was refreshingly honest.So I ordered a Jack and Coke and settled in for an evening of absolutely nothing happening. The place was deserted. “Guess it’s not going to be a busy night,” Kara confirmed as she poured. “There’s a Sharks game on. I thought people might come for that. But it’s also a lovely day, and it’s still light out, so …” she shrugged and gave me my drink. Four bucks. Not bad at all.Denver Peterson slings drinks at Blind Cat at 24th and Treat.I was lost in my own thoughts as I sipped, but a moment later she was back. “Okay,” she said, “I’ve been thinking about your question … it’s got in my head …”“Yeah?” Some people accuse me of pulling an asshole move when I do this — isn’t working behind a bar already hard enough? — but I really like asking bartenders to make me a drink that represents the essence of themselves. At worst, they say “no” and understand immediately that I am a customer who’s more trouble than he’s worth. But when it goes right, it’s an invitation to someone to have a moment of shared creativity and humanity, and it has led to some of the best bar conversations I’ve ever had. “Yeah,” she said. “What do you like to drink? Do you like sweet? Bitter?”I shook my head. “I’m asking you to do it right, the way it should be done. And I never complain about a flavor profile when someone does that.”She scowled. “We just don’t have much here to do something like that with.” A moment’s pause. “But … there is an old tiki drink I like that we have the ingredients for. A jungle bird. Have you had it?”“No.”“It has Campari. So it has a bitter streak, and people either love it or hate it.”“Let’s do it.”“Okay.” She started to make it as a long-haired old-timer named Richard came in and sat down a stool away from me. He’s a regular — they looked at each other and beamed. He asked for a special. “Yeah, we’re not out of it yet,” she said, grinning, and they started chatting about how nobody’s here tonight. Not even for the game.“Were you here during the game when my TVs were shutting off?” she asked. “I’m terrified that’ll happen again.”“It wasn’t your fault.”“Yeah, but I’m on shift and the computer’s still down, so it doesn’t really matter whose fault it is.”That’s the way of the world, he agreed, and she handed me my drink. “Imagine it’s 1937,” she said, and I cracked up.The “Jungle Bird” is rum, Campari, lime juice, simple syrup, and pineapple juice. Done right, the sweet exactly balances the bitter. Kara is clearly more bitter than I am, but I still enjoyed it thoroughly. She checked back in on me about it, having a good enough time that I was invited into her banter with Richard, and now, suddenly, we were all drinking buddies.July 2014: A man near The Blind Cat, néeDirty Thieves, a bar on 24th and Treat Ave., saw me with a camera and offered to show me his San Francisco tattoo.They both have histories here. Richard first moved to San Francisco in 1995, and lived in the Mission: This was his bar. When his building got bought out, he moved away for a while. Later, he found a place in the Mission that he can live with (nobody was more surprised than he was) and his new place is even closer to The Blind Cat. And one of his old roommates sometimes bartends here now, so he’s even more of a regular today.Kara moved to San Francisco eight years ago, and lives in the Tenderloin. Bartending at The Blind Cat was her very first job in the city, and she met Richard on her first day. She’s worked here, off and on, ever since.“It’s a family affair,” Kara explained. And isn’t that what people want in a bar, Richard asks? “I can’t go anyplace else, because everybody’s going to be here,” and it’s great. Especially when so many bars in San Francisco are such terrible places to just meet regulars and hang out.“Every bar in this town has got to have a theme,” I said, repeating a complaint I’ve had for years.“It makes it so stilted, so artificial,” Kara agreed. “Are you familiar with Future Bars?” “Oh, God, they’re what happens when consultants make a techie’s idea of a bar for tourists.” I rolled my eyes, and we spend a nice long time insulting the company that makes some of the most successful “destination” bars in the city, which have great drinks and are designed to be seen in, not enjoyed. Kara asked what I wanted to drink next. She really wanted to make me another interesting cocktail, but felt stymied by the limited ingredients on hand. “Okay,” she finally says, “margarita. It’s the best I can do, but I can do it.”“And you’re good at it?”“Oh yeah.”“Then do it.”She is, as it happens, very good at it, and I had several more of these as the hours went by. As we drank, a few more people filled in, and Richard and I were are the social center of the bar: Anyone who wanted to have a conversation, stranger or regular, just had to come within talking range, and they were welcomed in. The Blind Cat doesn’t have tourists. It has people who want a bar that feels more like home than the places they live, and so, when they get together, that’s what they create. And it’s great, even though “home” is a complicated concept in San Francisco right now.“I really don’t know how I feel about being back in the city,” Richard said. “How the hell am I supposed to retire here? What am I doing, hanging on?”But nothing is permanent. In a few weeks Richard will be going out of town to move his mother out of the home she’s lived in for decades — a house Richard built for her, all that time ago. It took him nine months to make. Now, she’s too frail to live there alone. None of us are safe from the future, or Future Bars. 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RICHARD Beaumont will join Saints from Hull KR at

first_imgRICHARD Beaumont will join Saints from Hull KR at the end of the season.The 25-year-old prop forward has agreed a two-year contract with the club.A scholar with the Robins, he progressed through their system to make his Super League debut in back in 2011.He’s strong, powerful, tips the scales at 100kg and has a great deal of potential to go far in the game.Club Chairman Eamonn McManus said: “We’re delighted to secure Richard’s signing. He will be a welcome addition to our forward line that has not only gained more experience during the course of 2013 but has been bolstered ahead of 2014.“We’re sure that under the tutelage of Nathan Brown has his coaching staff Richard will do well for the club and we are looking forward to having him on board.”Saints Head Coach Nathan Brown added: “Richard showed a lot of potential coming through the system at Hull KR and will be a real asset to us next season.“He possesses a lot of size and will bring some real go forward to our pack. At 25 he is still developing too and we are looking forward to seeing that at Langtree Park.”Richard has played 13 games for the Robins this season.last_img read more

FIRST Utility Super League is looking to give the

first_imgFIRST Utility Super League is looking to give the most passionate Rugby League family in the country a week they’ll never forget in the build up to the 2016 First Utility Super League Grand Final.Do you attend matches with three or four generations of the same family? Do you follow your team home and away? Is there split loyalties in your family who can’t talk to each other on a match day when their teams play each other? Are you involved in a community club and all volunteer to keep it going? If so we want to hear from you!The winning family will kick their week off by being honorary members of the media at the official Grand Final press conference. They’ll get to ask the players and coaches any question they like.Not only that but you’ll be able to collect autographs and pose for pictures with the players.The week will conclude with tickets to the biggest night in Super League, the Grand Final at Old Trafford where you’ll watch the 2016 First Utility Super League champions lift the trophy.All you have to do to be within a chance of winning is tell us in no more than 250 words why you believe that your family should win this amazing prize.Prize will include:Attendance at the official First Utility Super League Grand Final press conference on Monday October 3 Overnight accommodation for two nights (one family room) in a central Manchester hotel on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 OctoberVIP car parking space in the players’ car park at Old Trafford on Saturday 8 OctoberOld Trafford Stadium tour Family ticket to the First Utility Super League Grand Final The Competition will run from 23 August 2016 until midnight Thursday September 8 2016. Shortlisted families will be notified by Tuesday September 13. The public vote will run from 9am on Thursday September 15 until midday on Friday September 23.To enter and for Terms and Conditions click here.last_img read more

SAINTS legend Cliff Watson has penned his autobiog

first_imgSAINTS legend Cliff Watson has penned his autobiography.In From Saint to Shark, Cliff Watson tells of the unique introduction he had into the game of rugby league in the 1960s at St Helens via a newspaper advertisement. He traces his career at club and international level in England – notching up nearly 400 appearances for Saints and a further 30 for Great Britain.And he describes his time at the Cronulla Sharks Club in Australia during the early years of their existence, culminating in their first ever Grand Final appearance, dubbed the ‘dirtiest final ever’.Watson won every honour in the game and was voted a member of both the Saints and Sharks dream teams. He describes many of the big games that he starred in, covers events that occurred off the field and talks of rival players he had run-ins with. He also deals with several previously unanswered questions relating to the controversial 1973 Australian Grand Final.Watson is forthright in how the Ashes were won and lost on his tours down under and is equally forthright in his views of why England continue to lag behind both Australia and New Zealand. It is a book that will be enjoyed by all lovers of that period of the game – often referred to as the ‘era of the biff’ – when every team had a hard man and Cliff, a skilful and fearless player, was one of the hardest!Available from the club store at £11.99.last_img read more

Carolina Surf Condos to be repaired costs could top 18M

first_img The building was evacuated in June after inspectors found significant corrosion that left it compromised.Carolina Beach Assistant Town Manager Ed Parvin says homeowners are working as aggressively as possible on repairs which could top $1.8 million. CAROLINA BEACH, NC (StarNews) — Two months after being condemned Carolina Surf Condos in Carolina Beach are still vacant. However, a decision has finally been made on their future.The StarNews reports homeowners have decided to repair the building, which is valued at $8.8 million.- Advertisement – last_img

Paranormal team tries to connect with sailor spirit on Battleship

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Here in the Tar Heel state we don’t have ghost busters, but we do have a group called the “Positively Paranormal Team.”“We like to set up equipment and try to catch spirits voices or apparitions on cameras. Whatever we can get at the time,” Matt Shelar, the team leader, said.- Advertisement – They are trying to find spirits on the USS North Carolina Battleship. The group visited the Battleship to find the spirit of one of the five sailors who died during an attack 75 years ago.The team says the ship is haunted based off of their previous experiences on board.However, they say these are friendly spirits lurking in different parts of the ship… acting as reminders of the past.Related Article: Insurance companies brace for risk of more claims with Michael“The battleship is most definitely haunted,” Matt Shelar, team leader, said. “It’s nothing evil that I’ve ever experienced but I’ve been on the ship now about six times and every time I’m here, I get some kind of evidence that the ship is haunted.”The team tries to communicate with the spirits anyway possible from using electro-magnetic fields to playing sounds like sirens and alarms that were played on the ship in times of emergency.They said sometimes, the ghosts will communicate back but any noises don’t scare these paranormal finders.last_img read more

Weather shuts down MLK Parkway I140 Dan Cameron Bridge

first_img According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, I-140 is closed from Brunswick County to New Hanover County.A major crash has been reported on the Dan Cameron Bridge on I-140 near US 421 in New Hanover County. NCDOT says it’s closed east bound.Click here for current look at traffic.Related Article: DOT repairs sinkhole on Princess Place Drive in WilmingtonPolice say drivers need to use alternate route.Click here for current weather conditions.I-140/US-17 @ US-421 (Photo: NCDOT) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police Department has shut down Martin Luther King Parkway due to hazardous road conditions.Officers have responded to three accidents on the parkway in the past hour.- Advertisement – last_img

Power of the Purse event to raise money for teen health program

first_imgLouis Vitton Neverfull MM purse to be raffled at the Power of the Purse fundraiser on March 20, 2018. (Photo: Coastal Horizons) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — How would you like to win a gorgeous, new Louis Vuitton Neverfull bag worth $1,200 and help a good cause along the way? That and more giveaways are happening tonight at the Power of the Purse Silent Auction and Raffle.It’s the biggest annual fundraiser for Wilmington Health Access for Teens (WHAT) of Coastal Horizons. It’s from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Country Club of Landfall.- Advertisement – The silent auction features designer purses, accessories and a section just for men.Tickets for the event are $30, or you can make it a “girl’s night out” $100 for a group of four. Event tickets and raffle tickets for the Louis Vuitton are available at coastalhorizons.org prior to the event and at the door the day of the event. You don’t want to miss this!WHAT of Coastal Horizons provides primary care and mental health at four school-based health centers located on campus at Ashley, Hoggard, Laney and New Hanover high schools.last_img read more

UNCWs Lumina Festival of the Arts happening until July 29

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Whether you like painting, opera or slam poetry, there’s something for everyone at UNCW’s Lumina Festival of the Arts.The festival is in its second year and runs until July 29 on the campus of UNCW. There are events for the whole family and most are at little or no cost. Office of the Arts Director Kristen Brogdon said the festival started as a way to celebrate the art and artists of the coastal south.- Advertisement – Some events at this year’s festival include Opera Wilmington’s production of Die Fledermaus, Alchemical Theatre’s production of Twelfth Night and a performance by Grammy-winning artist Rhiannon Giddens.For a full schedule of events, click here.last_img read more