New kit unveiled for MPs rugby league team

The black and white kit was launched following the unveiling of Ladbrokes as the teams new sponsor. Lib Dem MP Greg Mulholland MP, chair of the parliamentary rugby league group, launched the kit alongside Vice Chair and fellow MP Paula Sherriff, Ladbrokess Director of Corporate Affairs Grainne Hurst, and Mark Ramsdale and Jack Baker, both from MR Sport, which provides the secretariat to the parliamentary rugby league group.

The black and white kit was launched following the unveiling of Ladbrokes as the teams new sponsor. Lib Dem MP Greg Mulholland MP, chair of the parliamentary rugby league group, launched the kit alongside Vice Chair and fellow MP Paula Sherriff, Ladbrokess Director of Corporate Affairs Grainne Hurst, and Mark Ramsdale and Jack Baker, both from MR Sport, which provides the secretariat to the parliamentary rugby league group.

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For politicians who just cannot get enough of Westminster's ferocity, the new-look rugby league team strip might help members make their mark on the pitch too.

Swapping their iPads and mobiles for knee socks, MPs past and present, peers and councillors will play in their annual game next month in London.

Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland, who is an avid rugby league fan has led the launch of the new kit for the Political Animals Parliamentary Rugby League Football Club team.

The new black and white kit - perhaps a nod to political neutrality - is courtesy of Ladbrokes, the team’s new sponsor.

Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham MP, former Tory minister and Keighley MP Kris Hopkins, former shadow leader of the House of Commons Chris Bryant MP and Karl McCartney MP have all made an appearance in the past.

Labour's Wigan MP Lisa Nandy has also been known to carry out the ceremonial kick off.

Mr Mulholland, a Lib Dem, said: “I was delighted to launch the new kit for the Political Animals. Parliament has an active rugby league team and the new black and white kit gives us an excellent new look ahead of our next set of fixtures. I want to thank Ladbrokes for sponsoring the team and I look forward to giving the kit its debut in our first match at the end of August!”

The kit makes its debut for the team at the traditional annual match against London Select XIII, a team drawn from across London. The game will take place at London Skolars on the afternoon of Friday, August 26.

The team was set up in 2010 and has members of all levels and all major political parties, and plays charitable and representative sides.

Rugby league player Kris Radlinksi, who has played for Wigan and Great Britain, Brian Carney (Warrington and Great Britain) and Andy Johnson (Wigan) have all played in matches too.

Ex-player and commentator Mike Stephenson is the club’s president.

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