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  1. If anyone fancies standing as a Labour M.P.,all you have to do is respond to a tweet,as apparently they are over 100 short - amazing. Some more good news for Labour out on monday,when the first Welsh poll will be published - not good news I'm afraid.
  2. You may be right,we'll see.If one assumes the Tory and LDem vote remains static,I suppose it depends where the UKIP and Lab vote goes.Suppose it could be reasonably close either way.
  3. I do think football should have it's own stand alone channel on Sky Sports.If people want to pay for it fine but I'd much rather have a choice of no soccer,at a lower subscription.
  4. I would call a 1,300 LDem majority over Cons(3%) as marginally,particularly with 7,000 UKIP votes last time. Actually,you might be right,it might not be marginal,it might be a certain Tory gain?!
  5. So it seems a total of 12 sitting Labour M.P.'s have now elected to stand down,including moderates such as Gisela Stewart and Rob Marris,effectively handing their seats to the Tories.Just 4 Tories are not standing,whilst John Pugh,the LDem in marginal Southport and Douglas Carswell in Clacton are also not standing - both constituancies now likely to revert to Conservative.
  6. Two polls since Election called: ICM Con 44% Lab 23% LDem 12% UKIP 10% You Gov/Times Con 46% Lab 25% LDem 11% UKIP 8% 55% believe May was right to call an election,15% believe she was wrong. So far,6 Labour M.P.'s have announced they will not stand,including Tom Blenkinsop,Andrew Smith,Andy Burnham and Ian Wright,Over '20 others' considering their position.
  7. Looks like a great day out,together with good weather - hope it's a big success.
  8. A couple of thoughts,as I believe S.L need to be very careful here.Although Wasps are new to Coventry,Coventry and Warwickshire in general are firmly established RU areas - Coventry RUFC used to be the/a leading Club in the 70/80's.There is an established demand for quality rugby union. The stadium is similar to Huddersfield,in that it needs at least 10,000 plus to make any atmosphere - 5/7,000 in there would soon kill it off.Coventry isn't the biggest of places and rugby league would be very much third to fooball and union. Wasps have thrown loads of money at Union and are being successful on the pitch,crowds would rapidly drop to sub 10,000 if they were mid table. I suspect there are better options than Coventry,whilst Wasps would probably be happy with just picking up the odd Magic weekend,semi final,international etc,to help out on their finances.
  9. The redevelopment of the North Stand at Headingley almost has to happen,as otherwise Yorkshire CCC will lose their Test Match status - Yorks just cant afford that,as they are already some £20 odd million in debt. Hopefully,by 2020 both Leeds and Yorks should have terrific new grounds - please dont moan about the West Terrace at Headingley,there is little if nothing Leeds can do about it for Planning reasons.The other three ends,plus the massive corporate provision is very good news for rugby league. Hope Cas/Wakefield,Sheffield and York can sort out their grounds shortly.
  10. His mother used to work as a gym instructor at the Village Hotel and Gym in north Leeds and used to row for Poland.He used to come into the gym occassionally and is certainly a very impressive physical specimen but is also a very polite and intelligent kid.His mother was very proud of him. Hope he does well.I believe he turned down Wigan for Leeds.
  11. Can anybody provide up to date,accurate information on the new proposed grounds at Castleford and Sheffield.I believe there may also have been talk of a new permanent ground for Swinton.
  12. As I mentioned earlier,the major grey area is tag(social) rugby,which is essentially touch and pass,yet seems to come under rugby union?! I've found www.trytagrugby - Yorkshire - which now appears to be a professionally organised,social competition.This game bears absolutely no relation to rugby union. We(Leos RUFC) host the north Leeds element in Alwoodley and I can assure anyone who wants to know that those eight teams,essentially play rugby league touch and pass,at a rugby union facility.I suspect those individuals,with mainly rugby league shirts,are classified as either rugby players or rugby union players,which frankly,is simply not the case. Someone in authority/administrator may care to look into precisely how those players are classified.
  13. I have no doubt that numbers have fallen for rugby league but I'm amazed that there hasn't been a similar fall in numbers for both cricket and rugby union.I'm involved in both games and certainly,where most Yorks rugby union clubs used to field four open age sides,they now generally run two teams,with the occassional third team game,if they can play at home.There are exceptions,with both Yarnbury and Selby regularly fielding four sides,whilst equally,established clubs like Otley and Bradford and Bingley,sometimes only field one side. The same applies to cricket,virtually all clubs used to field two teams but nowadays,many only field one and many others have folded.Other clubs arrive with 9/10 players,including a couple of kids. On touch rugby,I suspect someone is distorting the figures.Touch rugby is basically touch and pass and bears absolutely no relation to rugby union.The whole point is that it is basically a community/social pastime,where people meet,run around and have a drink.It wouldn't surprise me if the figures are being manipulated,as at my rugby union club,we facilitate Touch Rugby but it is primarily played by people wearing rugby league shirts,who know absolutely nothing about rucks and mauls! Perhaps the point,is that most rugby union clubs tend to have better facilities in terms of clubhouse,pitches,floodlights,parking etc,so host such tournaments,call it Rugby,whilst basically it is social touch and pass.
  14. Have to admit,I thought the overall presentation was better than recent years.Carney is a vast improvement over Hemmings as a presenter,Hemmings was better as a commentator without Stevo.Still not a fan of Tez and Baz but at least they didn't try to be contraversal for the sake of it. Would still prefer to see Sky use a different commentator for the friday night game over the thurs one.Still dont rate the female pitchside reporter. Overall however,much less irritating and annoying than recent years.
  15. Yet more embarrassing stuttering,stumberling and hesitation - a couple of complete amateurs,unable to string a coherant sentence together.I've heard Baz try to give an after dinner speech,it was truely awful. Good news is Carney taking over the presentation,leaving Hemmings(he really should go as well) to at least concentrate on commentary. Seems we will have to put up with the amateurish approach until Smith retires.