09 January 2020 01:40
A letter from 100 current and former Labour members of staff calls on Jeremy Corbyn to "get our house in order" over claims that a senior aide accused of harassment was not suspended from the party on the advice of the Labour leader's chief of staff. David Prescott, the son of the former deputy prime minister John Prescott, was suspended from his position in Corbyn's office in 2017 after allegations were made against him by a Labour MP, but he retained his party membership. In the letter, first reported by the Times, they wrote: "Working in politics isn't easy, and many of us choose to give up our personal lives for Labour because we believe it is the best force for good in our country. The letter calls the reports about Prescott "extremely concerning" and said they needed urgent clarification as to whether the account in the Sunday Times was correct. "In this case, no formal complaint was received to investigate," a party spokesman said.
Boris Johnson to appeal against order to appear in court over Brexit claims Boris Johnson has launched an appeal against a summons ordering him to appear in court over claims he lied and misled the public by saying the UK sent the EU £350m a week. Marcus Ball, the businessman who brought the private prosecution against the former foreign secretary, said Mr Johnson had launched a judicial review application in the Administrative Court. A court summons was issued against him last week after District Judge Margot Coleman ruled: "The allegations which have been made are unproven accusations and I do not make any findings of fact. Mr Ball said Mr Johnson's lawyers intended to argue the summons was unlawful, and that the criminal proceedings against him should be suspended until the judicial review application is determined. Day 1 of the 2019 MLB draft made 78 dreams come true, and now everybody will try to figure out which of the 78 prospects will translate successfully to their new Major League Baseball homes.
Boston Red Sox: No. 43 Cameron Cannon, SS, Arizona; No. 69 Matthew Lugo, SS, Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy MLB.com described Cannon as "a classic grinder who gets the most out of his tools. Lugo, who is the nephew of retired 20-year MLB veteran Carlos Beltran, is the highest-ranked Puerto Rican prospect in the 2019 draft class. "What [Stephen] Curry is to the Warriors, Andrew is to Cal," Vaughn's longtime hitting coach Joey Gomes, a former eighth-round draft pick and brother to Jonny Gomes, told NBC Sports' Dalton Johnson. Vaughn was given the 2018 Golden Spikes Award, presented to the best amateur baseball player in the nation, in 2018 after recording 23 home runs compared to just 18 strikeouts as a sophomore. MLB.com asserted that "there is no one who doubts Greene will hit at the next level." The 18-year-old University of Florida commit led USA Baseball's 18 and Under National Team in RBIs this spring and has been scouted heavily by many in the Tigers front office throughout the spring.
"You'd have to see it to believe some of the stuff he does," Greene's high school coach of three years, Matt Cleveland, told the Detroit Free Press' Jeff Seidel. He's a really good athlete, great outfielder, and the hit tool is not like anything I've ever seen; and I've coached a lot of good players, probably eight pro guys on my high school team." Kansas City Royals: No. 2 Bobby Witt Jr., SS, Colleyville Heritage HS (TX); No. 44 Brady McConnell, SS, Florida; No. 70 Alec Marsh, P, Arizona State While that is a very high bar to set for an 18-year-old, everything the 6'1", 180-pound potential five-tool prospect has shown on the diamond thus far makes it feel obtainable. The Athletic's Rustin Dodd reported that Royals officials see Witt Jr. as being from the "same family of players" as Adalberto Mondesi, Kansas City's current shortstop. "There's no question that Witt is the best shortstop prospect in a 2019 Draft full of first-round candidates at the position. He also compares favorably to the best since MLB switched to a single unified Draft in 1987. "'Alex Rodriguez is the best shortstop prospect I've seen, but Bobby Witt Jr. certainly belongs right up there,' a longtime scout now with a NL club said. Witt Jr. hit.489 with 15 home runs compared to just 11 strikeouts this season for Colleyville Heritage High School. *Draft information courtesy of MLB.com unless otherwise specified SEOUL (Reuters) - LOT Polish Airlines on Tuesday ruled out cancelling an order for grounded Boeing Co 737 MAX jets but urged the U.S. planemaker to take steps to restore their credibility after two accidents. I can't see reasons at the moment - unless the regulators find it - to cancel the MAX orders," Milczarski said.