Disabled party activists have welcomed the Labour leader’s decision to back their campaign for him to reinstate the post of shadow cabinet minister for mental health.Jeremy Corbyn was forced to scrap the post he created only last year in July because of the departure of MP Luciana Berger and the need to appoint a slimmed-down shadow cabinet, following a spate of other resignations.But members of the Labour Party Campaign for Mental Health called at this week’s annual party conference in Liverpool for him to appoint a replacement to the role, following his re-election as party leader.And they were delighted when Corbyn visited their campaign stand (pictured afterwards) and posed with a placard calling for the position to be renewed.Victoria Desmond, the campaign’s strategic director, said she hoped such an appointment would “feed down everywhere and hopefully to the workplace and hopefully to parliament”.Desmond later told a fringe event organised by Disability Labour – the network of disabled Labour party members – that people with mental health conditions like herself experienced widespread discrimination.She said: “People don’t have protection at work and it’s very hard to fight for protection when you’re being stigmatised.“You shouldn’t feel ashamed to have a mental health condition and that is how it is at the moment.”She said she had not felt able to disclose her impairment to her first boss – a Labour MP – but had felt comfortable doing so with her current employer, another Labour MP.She encouraged disabled people to disclose their impairments once they had secured employment because it provides them with more legal protection, but she said there was still a need for legal reforms to improve protection in the workplace.Issues around mental health were widely debated and discussed at the conference, but mostly focusing on cuts to health services.The party’s National Policy Forum has produced what it calls a “priority issue document” on mental health, which says the party is “firmly committed to making mental health a priority and ensuring that parity of esteem between mental and physical health becomes a reality”.One delegate told the health and care debate at the conference about the disproportionate number of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people with mental health issues.He said: “We can’t sit back, comrades, and do nothing in the face of a mental health crisis, when the majority of transgendered young people either attempt or commit suicide.”Another delegate stressed the impact of austerity and inequality on mental health and reducing life expectancy.A third delegate thanked Corbyn for his “parity of esteem” pledge, and said she had received her first inpatient treatment earlier this year.She won a standing ovation – including from Corbyn – after she disclosed her own experience of the NHS.She said: “I can’t tell you how invaluable their work was. Without them, I don’t think I would be standing here today before you.“I would like to ask [Tory health secretary] Jeremy Hunt: do you value nurses so little… do you value the lives of people like me so little that you’re willing to put their lives at risk?”Shadow health secretary Diane Abbott told the conference: “Labour in government will put the money behind this.“The delays in accessing timely mental health treatment around the country are unacceptable.“We want an end to shame and an end to the tacit acceptance that the mentally-ill are somehow second-class citizens in our healthcare system.”
The match-up with the Tigers on Friday February 2 will be a mouth-watering start to the 2018 Betfred Super League campaign and tickets are on sale now.Before then, Justin Holbrook’s men face Sheffield and Leigh in pre-season friendlies.The Eagles come to town on Saturday January 20 (3pm) whilst Neil Jukes’ Centurions will come to the Totally Wicked Stadium six days later (Friday January 26, 8pm).Both matches are a key part of preparations for the season opener and strong squads are expected to be named for both.To buy your tickets call into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, call 01744 455 052 or log on here.
Student Grace Stone and teacher Niamh McDaid were presented with the accolade on the pitch by Saints Community Development Foundation director Steve Leonard before the Betfred Super League clash.Launched in 2012, the School Games Mark is a government-led awards scheme which rewards schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress.Newton-le-Willows Primary won the Gold award by exceeding several targets which included hosting a school sports day which students helped to deliver, promoting sports within the school, linking with six local sports clubs and having more than 75% of children taking part in extra-curricular clubs.PE Teacher at the School, Luke Courtney-Ward, said: “We are delighted to have achieved the ‘School Games Gold Award.’“This demonstrates, celebrates and recognises the efforts over the past twelve months of the children and teaching staff at our school.“We were very appreciative of the opportunity that St Helens Rugby League Club have provided us with by inviting us to the stadium, where we were presented with our School Games trophy.”
For 2019, we have reverted back to a colourway that has always proved popular with both players and fans alike – Sky Blue and Navy.The shirt is predominantly sky blue but it fades into navy-blue towards the shoulders with striped details running through the length of the body.The sleeves are sky blue with a navy faded band around the cuff.Like the home shirt, there is a new shaped neck-line and in a modern twist, the shirt features a tonal blue club crest.Our front of away shirt sponsors are once again Crabbie’s, with Lamb and Watt – naturally flavoured mixers – from the Halewood International stable of brands featuring on the Children’s sizes of the shirt.How To Buy:Saints Away kit is now available to buy in store and online. You can also purchase yours via mail order by calling 01744 455 050.2019 members can get 10 per cent off either or both of the shirts in November and December, in store only.If you haven’t done so already, you’ll need to collect your 2019 Membership card from the ticket office before being able to access the discount.