Parliamentary Rugby League Group Officers 2011/2012
The All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group last week held its Annual General Meeting, which saw the election of Officers.
After many years of service to the Group, Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract stood down as Chairman of the Group before being awarded the position of President. Lord Lofthouse will remain involved in the Group and will host the Group’s annual dinner in the House of Lords.
Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland was elected as Group Chairman, with Lord Hoyle and James Clappison MP retaining their roles as Vice-Chairmen. They are joined by David Mowat MP as Vice-Chairman, Lindsay Hoyle as interim Treasurer while Lord Smith of Leigh takes some time away and Yvonne Fovargue who becomes the Group’s Secretary after Derek Twigg stood down to focus on front bench commitments.
When standing down as Chairman of the Group, Lord Lofthouse said “Over the years the All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group has achieved some notable successes including the recognition of Rugby League in the armed services, removing the ban on rugby league players that wanted to play rugby union and more recently, on retaining the threatened funding for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. I would like to thank all the Members I’ve worked with for their hard work and I wish all those involved as Officers and Members alike, my best wishes in making sure the sport goes from strength to strength. I will remain an active Member of the Group and I am truly touched to be made President.”
After being elected Chairman, Greg Mulholland said “To become Chairman of an All-Party Group of a sport you love is a great privilege. To follow in the footsteps of Lord Lofthouse who played professional Rugby League and was one of the first Members when the Group was formed in 1988 is both an honour and a formidable challenge. I look forward to working with Parliamentary colleagues in both Houses to ensure that the sport of Rugby League is best represented in Westminster and Whitehall and that fans, players, volunteers and those involved in delivering the great game of Rugby League Football are confident that there are a group of fans working to support them”.
The Rugby League Group is one of the more active in Parliament, meeting on a monthly basis when Parliament is sitting. It welcomes any Member of Parliament from both Houses as Group Members and is open to bodies and individuals to become Associate Members.