Parliamentary Rugby League Group urge RBS to extend Bulls deadline
The Chairman of the Parliamentary Rugby League Group has today written to the Chairman of RBS urging him to extend Bradford Bulls’ overdraft whilst the club is receiving overwhelming support from the rugby league community.
The letter from Greg Mulholland, the Member of Parliament for Leeds North West said that it was “with great dismay that Members of the Parliamentary Rugby League Group read of the RBS decision to reduce the Bradford Bulls overdraft facility.” He went on to say that the reduction in overdraft “places the club in a dire position” which will “have huge ramifications for the city of Bradford and rugby league generally.”
Mulholland later went on to say “the response from Bulls fans and fans from around the country has been amazing and the whole rugby league family is doing what it can to save the club. The response so far shows that the money can be raised, so RBS should allow more time so this can happen to allow Bradford Bulls to carry on in Super League which is in everyone’s interests.”
We in the Group represent all parties and a wide range of constituencies. We are fans of the sport like anyone else. The letter to Sir Philip today makes clear that the decision by RBS impacts more than just a commercial body, it has huge consequences. The club is doing all it can to respond and I am sure will achieve what it needs to. We have simply asked RBS to extend the overdraft until the club is back on its feet.”
The Bulls’ local MP and former Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe is a Member of the Parliamentary Group. He added “The loss of Bradford Bulls would not only have huge impact on rugby league in this country and beyond, it will have a devastating effect on the people of Bradford. Bradford has had a rugby league club in various guises since the formation of the Northern Union was formed. We cannot let it die with the stroke of a pen.”
The Parliamentary Rugby League Group’s support is welcomed and I hope that a group of MPs and Peers will have influence on the decision.”