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Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… A disabled comedian has described how she was reduced to tears after being publicly “shamed” by a train guard who forced her to move her mobility scooter to make way for a mother with a baby buggy.Tanyalee Davis was on a Great Western Railway (GWR) train from Plymouth to London Paddington with her partner, following a performance in the city, when she was asked to move.She had placed her scooter in the unreserved space for wheelchairs in the first-class carriage – the only carriage on the train with a wheelchair space – and had taken a nearby seat with her partner, as she had been told she could not sit on the scooter during the journey.But a guard insisted she fold up the scooter so the woman could put her buggy in the space, and then threatened to call the police when Davis complained at how she was being treated.Much of this was caught on film by Davis’s partner.It was even announced on the intercom that Davis was holding up the train, and that it would be forced to stop indefinitely at the next station.She was forced to move her scooter to the area by the train doors and had to keep moving it throughout the journey to avoid blocking other passengers.Davis said she cried most of the rest of the journey to Paddington because of the way she had been treated.Friends and supporters, including fellow disabled performers Liz Carr and Penny Pepper, and the campaign group Transport for All, took to social media to express their concern at her ordeal.The woman had refused to leave her buggy by the carriage doors and insisted that Davis should move her scooter so she could put her buggy in the wheelchair space.Davis described her ordeal on YouTube and said she was “sick” of the way she was treated as a scooter-user.She said: “Just because I have a mobility scooter doesn’t make me a pariah. It doesn’t make me less disabled.“I have the smallest possible scooter you can have and I can turn it on a dime so there’s no reason why I should get discriminated against.”She added: “I don’t know what it is about this country. They really make you feel disabled.“I’m just trying to make a living, trying to make people laugh and share all my good experiences, but this country really drags a person down.”Fellow disabled comic Steve Day said on Twitter: “I am disgusted that @GWRHelp operates rules and procedures that discriminate against and humiliate people like my friend @TanyaleeDavis.“I want to know how they are going to redress this.”Pepper said on Twitter that what had happened to Davis was “outrageous and scary” and “totally unacceptable and totally an act of discrimination” by GWR.And accessible transport campaigner Doug Paulley – who himself secured a Supreme Court victory on access to the wheelchair space on buses – added: “A disabled person in a scooter is told to vacate an unreserved train wheelchair space to accommodate somebody’s baby buggy; then is shamed over the PA to the whole train for objecting. Shocking.”In another YouTube video, Davis later thanked those who had supported her.She said: “I can’t even tell you how amazed I am by the amount of support that I have received via my website, YouTube channel, through the BBC websites, ITV websites, everything, it’s been amazing.”She stressed that she was “certainly not” looking for the guard to be sacked.She said: “I couldn’t live with myself if somebody lost their livelihood because of an incident that I was involved in.”But she said she had been working in the UK for 15 years and had been involved in “non-stop situations like this”.Davis, who is touring her stand-up show from September, added: “I really hope this will give a new voice to people with mobility scooters.”And she said she hoped it provoked a national discussion about the public transport needs of people who use smaller mobility scooters.GWR has launched an investigation into the incident and has made it clear that it “should not have happened”.One GWR spokesman said in a radio interview that a team from the company had watched Davis’s video and had been “collectively horrified”.He said: “We got it wrong, it made no sense. A wheelchair space is a wheelchair space, it’s not for luggage or pushchairs.“The priority is really clear. Tanyalee should not have been asked to move.”A GWR spokesman added: “No one travelling with us should be left feeling like this.“This should not have happened, and we have been in touch with Tanyalee to apologise directly.“She has asked to speak with a senior member of our team to talk about her experience – and how we might avoid it happening again – and we have said we would be very happy to arrange this as soon as possible.”
Barry Gardiner says the reason Chuka Umunna left the Labour Party “was that he knew he could never be the leader of the Labour Party” #RidgeFollow live updates on today’s politics news here: https://t.co/KkPO32hAs9 pic.twitter.com/u1QiyoUpIa— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) February 24, 2019Backbench MP Stella Creasy ruled out leaving Labour and said she was “standing with the Jewish Labour Movement”, a party-affiliated organisation chaired by Luciana Berger.Labour MP Stella Creasy rules out leaving the party and joining the Independent Group #RidgeFollow live updates on today’s politics news here: https://t.co/KkPO32hAs9 pic.twitter.com/nYrdgAb3Hd— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) February 24, 2019Pienaar’s PoliticsJohn McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor, offered encouraging words to anti-Brexit campaigners and supporters of the Kyle/Wilson amendment that would see MPs vote for Theresa May’s deal on the condition it was put to the public in another referendum.On a fresh EU referendum: “We’ve said to break the deadlock we’re going to have to now start think about moving towards a public vote… that will mean amendments coming up.”On the Kyle/Wilson amendment: “We’re working with them to see can we have a redraft of that amendment that people could vote for. I think there’s a high possibility that we could.” The Andrew Marr ShowEx-Labour MP Luciana Berger appeared with former Conservative backbencher Heidi Allen. She said Labour had “betrayed its promise” on Brexit; asked about the differences between the Independent Groups MPs on policy, she explained they will be trying to “reach consensus” based on evidence.Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson, who appeared on Marr only two weeks ago, talked about Labour’s antisemitism cases, revealing he had 50 cases passed on to him by parliamentary colleagues this week, plus Brexit and another referendum.On MPs quitting Labour: “I know we’re in a crisis. The departure of our colleagues is a real blow to us, and we need to understand why they felt they need to go, because if we’re going to be in government, we need to address those concerns.”On whether Jeremy Corbyn needs to change: “Of course Jeremy needs to understand that if we are going to be in No 10, he needs to change the Labour Party.”On the 50 new cases: “I think [Corbyn] needs to take a personal lead on examining those cases.”On the general secretary’s handling of antisemitism: “Very patently, the Jennie Formby reforms have not the been adequate. They have not succeeded.”On Emily Thornberry saying she would rather die than leave Labour: “I think it’s incumbent on all of us to dial down the rhetoric.”On Brexit: “We need to really unify our party membership around the conference position… I think that would steady the concerns that our councillors, MPs and active members have about the direction we’re taking.”On backing an amendment in favour of another referendum: “We’re moving in that direction.”On ways to stop MPs leaving, Watson said he would “prefer a reshuffle” of the shadow cabinet, but said if that didn’t happen, he’d set up a policy group of “social democratic” Labour MPs. Tags:Tom Watson /Chuka Umunna / Stella Creasy /John McDonnell /Barry Gardiner /Sunday shows /
ENGLAND coach Steve McNamara has drafted St Helens half-back Jonny Lomax into his 32-man Elite Training Squad in a mid-season reshuffle.Lomax, who has been in scintillating form for Saints this season, is one of five players called up into a new-look ETS which also sees five players omitted.“Jonny joins the ETS from the Knights squad and is another player who has impressed me with the progress he has made this year,” said McNamara. “At the start of the season he wasn’t sure what his best position would be he knows now and it shows. He’s a smashing young man and I’m looking forward to working with him in the ETS.”The squad, which will go into camp at Loughborough University on August 14 to continue preparations for the 2011 Gillette Four Nations, now includes Hull FC centre Kirk Yeaman, Leeds Rhinos second row Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Warrington Wolves duo Garreth Carvell and Ryan Atkins, as well as Lomax.Out go the Hull Kingston Rovers pairing of Liam Watts and Peter Fox, Harlequins RL centre Tony Clubb, St Helens prop Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Rob Burrow, the Leeds Rhinos scrum-half.“We have a year-round programme for the ETS and this new group of players will form the nucleus of our international preparations over the next six months,” said McNamara. “The five players who have come in are all worthy of their inclusion because of their form so far in 2011.“Ryan Atkins, Garreth Carvell and Jamie Jones Buchanan were all in the squad for the International Origin Match whilst the other two have been impressive for some time.“Kirk Yeaman has been consistently good for most of this year and his challenge now is to improve his form to put himself in contention for selection in the 24-man squad that will be involved in the Four Nations.”Lomax and Atkins were previously members of the England Knights squad, a revised format of which was announced earlier this month.The five players who have been dropped from the ETS will not join the Knights programme but McNamara has not ruled out the possibility of any of them gaining selection for the Four Nations.“Competition for places in the 24-man squad will be intense, especially as there are also the Australia-based players to consider, but that doesn’t mean that any player is ruled out,” said McNamara.“All the players who have dropped out of the ETS should now focus on playing as well as they between now and the end of the season with the aim of forcing their way back in.”The 2011 Elite Training squad in full is:Ryan Atkins (Warrington Wolves, Stanningley)Chris Bridge (Warrington Wolves, Waterhead)Tom Briscoe (Hull FC, Featherstone Lions)Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants, Thornhill)Garreth Carvell (Warrington Wolves, Stanningley)Eorl Crabtree (Huddersfield Giants, Huddersfield YMCA)Leroy Cudjoe (Huddersfield Giants, Newsome Panthers)Brett Ferres (Castleford Tigers, Smawthorne Panthers)James Graham (St Helens, Blackbrook)Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders)Ben Harrison (Warrington Wolves, Barrow Island)Ben Jones-Bishop (Leeds Rhinos, Milford)Jamie Jones-Buchanan (Leeds Rhinos, Stanningley)Jonny Lomax (St Helens, Orrell St James)Danny McGuire (Leeds Rhinos, East Leeds)Michael McIlorum (Wigan Warriors, Queens)Adrian Morley (Warrington Wolves, Eccles)Richie Myler (Warrington Wolves, Halton West Bank)Sean O’Loughlin (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats)Jamie Peacock (Leeds Rhinos, Stanningley)Paul Prescott (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Judes)Leon Pryce (St Helens, Queensbury)Luke Robinson (Huddersfield Giants, Siddal)James Roby (St Helens, Blackbrook)Michael Shenton (St Helens, Upton)Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos, Waterhead)Joel Tomkins (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats)Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats)Kris Welham (Hull Kingston Rovers, Myton Warriors)Ben Westwood (Warrington Wolves, Normanton)Jon Wilkin (St Helens, East Hull)Kirk Yeaman (Hull FC, Myton Warriors) England’s next fixture is an international against France in Avignon on Friday October 21 (7.30pm).England kick-off their Gillette Four Nations campaign eight days later on Saturday October 29, when they take on Wales at Leigh Sports Village (2.30pm) with tickets priced at only £10 for adults and £5 concessions.The following week sees Wembley host a double-header on Saturday November 5 when Wales take on New Zealand at 1.00pm before England face Australia at 3.30pm.To mark the return of International Rugby League to Wembley, the RFL have introduced a special celebratory offer, giving fans the chance to purchase a £25 ticket for only £10 if they book before Friday July 22 by quoting promotional code ‘4NWEM01′.England’s third group game against New Zealand will be played at the KC Stadium in Hull on Saturday November 12 (6.00pm) and tickets are priced from £20 adult and £10 concession.The 2011 Gillette Four Nations final will be played at Elland Road in Leeds on Saturday November 19 (6.00pm) and tickets are priced from £20 Adult and £10 concession.Tickets for the 2011 Gillette Four Nations can be purchased by calling 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk
SAINTS have named their 19-man squad for Friday’s First Utility Super League Super 8s fixture with Wigan Warriors.Atelea Vea returns to the line-up following his layoff with Alex Walmsley missing out.Keiron Cunningham will select his 17 from:2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Travis Burns, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Mark Flanagan, 17. Mark Percival, 18. Luke Thompson, 19. Greg Richards, 21. Joe Greenwood, 25. Andre Savelio, 37. Adam Quinlan.Shaun Wane will choose his Wigan side from:1. Matty Bowen, 2. Josh Charnley, 5. Joe Burgess, 6. George Williams, 7. Matty Smith, 8. Dominic Crosby, 9. Michael McIlorum, 10. Ben Flower, 11. Joel Tomkins, 13. Sean O’Loughlin, 14. John Bateman, 16. Sam Powell, 17. Tony Clubb, 20. Ryan Hampshire, 23. Lee Mossop, 25. Larne Patrick, 31. Connor Farrell, 34. Oliver Gildart.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee will be Robert Hicks.Ticket details for the game can be found here.
SAINTS’ turnaround in form is all down to some ‘home truths’ according to Jack Owens.The winger said the side had sat down and addressed what had gone wrong in their mid-season dip, and are starting to reap the rewards as a result.And, a spell out of the side has also been beneficial for his own performances too.“As a team, before the Hull KR game, we set ourselves the goal of making each week a Grand Final,” he said. “We wanted to focus on each game and have done that. We have won the last five games and now the focus is on the Super 8s.“We had a tough period following the loss at Magic and faced Hull, Catalans and Warrington on the bounce. We were disappointed not to get a result in those games; the effort was there but we weren’t clinical enough. Now we have got that and are starting to hold teams out as well. Defensively, the confidence is there and we trust each other.“After that loss to Huddersfield at Magic we spoke about our effort because it wasn’t there and right. Since, we haven’t had to mention it once.”Saints continued their form transformation when they beat Wigan 23-4 on Friday.One of the highlights of that win Owen’s dramatic tackle on Lewis Tierney.With around 10 minutes remaining, the Warriors’ winger was nailed on heading into the corner – but was bundled into touch with defence that epitomised not only Saints performance, but the recent form of the former Widnes Viking.“That’s my job; I get paid on that wing to take carries, catch the ball and make defensive reads like that,” he continued. “I might only make two or three tackles a game but when they come they have to be clinical and on point.“I went in 100 per cent and Jonny and Matty Flem backed me up.“After the first game of the season I felt confident. That confidence was still there but slowly I started making some stupid mistakes.“Keiron (Cunningham) had to take me out of the firing line and I said to him that I couldn’t blame him; I was expecting it.“I wasn’t there and the fans had a right to tell me. I found it quite funny when they were singing songs to me but they had a right to. I am grateful to them for continuing to turn up and support us and against Wigan that was the best support of the season.“They showed up when the team wasn’t going well and now we are showing what we are capable of we want them to keep turning up as they have done all year.“We have to continue turning up for each other, taking it game by game through the Super 8s and hopefully into the semi-finals.”Tickets for the Super 8s are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.