Parliamentary Rugby League Group announces five Honourary Life Members
The Parliamentary Rugby League Group has created five new Honourary Life Members of the Group in recognition of their service to the sport.
The Group is open to any individual, club or organisation as Associate Members, but few receive the Group’s highest honour. Those recognised are well known for their longstanding and high profile service to the sport.
They are (alphabetically by surname):
- Sally Bolton OBE, former RFL director and RLWC2013 General Manager
- Ray French MBE, dual code international and BBC Sport presenter
- Eddie Hemmings, Commentator & Presenter, Sky Sports
- Neville Smith, Executive Producer, Sky Sports
- Michael Stephenson, Commentator & Presenter, Sky Sports; GB International & World Cup Winner
They join a small group of Honourary Life Members including Group Founders David Hinchcliffe and Sir Ian McCartney, BARLA’s Spen Allyson and Maurice Oldroyd, and the RFL’s Richard Lewis.
The announcement was made on behalf of the Group by its Chairman, Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland, who said: “We are delighted to be able to award Honourary Life Membership of the Parliamentary Rugby League Group to five worthy recipients. We want everyone to know that all those we honour in this way have our gratitude for their work in support of our great game over many years. All are very well deserved.”