Early day motion 2725

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100 YEARS OF RUGBY LEAGUE

That this House notes that 2006 marks the 100th anniversary of the first year of the Northern Rugby Football League, the inaugural competition which was established following the meeting on 29th August 1895 at the George Hotel in Huddersfield where 21 clubs voted unanimously to break away from the Rugby Football Union and allow broken-time payments, forming the Northern Rugby Football Union; pays tribute to the initial 22 clubs who took part in the ambitious inaugural league competition where each team had to play every other on a home and away basis, a format adopted by many other sports in later years; acknowledges the changes made to the game, in particular abolishing line-outs, reducing teams to 13-a-side and introducing the play-the-ball, which helped to improve the attractiveness of the spectacle and therefore attract paying crowds; looks forward to rugby league enjoying another 100 years of success; expresses its good wishes to the Great Britain squad, who are due to take part in the Tri-Nations competition this autumn in Australia; and hopes that they will mark the centenary of rugby league by winning the Tri-Nations tournament.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Battle, John Labour Party Leeds West 26.10.2006
Bayley, Hugh Labour Party City of York 19.10.2006
Borrow, David S Labour Party South Ribble 12.10.2006
Bottomley, Peter Conservative Party Worthing West 12.10.2006
Breed, Colin Liberal Democrats South East Cornwall 17.10.2006
Burgon, Colin Labour Party Elmet 11.10.2006
Cable, Vincent Liberal Democrats Twickenham 17.10.2006
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 12.10.2006
Clapham, Michael Labour Party Barnsley West and Penistone 26.10.2006
Crausby, David Labour Party Bolton North East 11.10.2006
Creagh, Mary Labour Party Wakefield 11.10.2006
Cryer, Ann Labour Party Keighley 16.10.2006
Curtis-Thomas, Claire Labour Party Crosby 11.10.2006
Davey, Edward Liberal Democrats Kingston and Surbiton 16.10.2006
David, Wayne Labour Party Caerphilly 16.10.2006
Davies, Philip Conservative Party Shipley 17.10.2006
Devine, Jim Labour Party Livingston 12.10.2006
Dobbin, Jim Labour Party Heywood and Middleton 11.10.2006
Ennis, Jeff Labour Party Barnsley East and Mexborough 11.10.2006
Etherington, Bill Labour Party Sunderland North 11.10.2006
Farron, Tim Liberal Democrats Westmorland and Lonsdale 19.10.2006
Francis, Hywel Labour Party Aberavon 11.10.2006
Gerrard, Neil Labour Party Walthamstow 16.10.2006
Godsiff, Roger Labour Party Birmingham Sparkbrook and Small Heath 24.10.2006
Grogan, John Labour Party Selby 11.10.2006
Hemming, John Liberal Democrats Birmingham Yardley 12.10.2006
Hepburn, Stephen Labour Party Jarrow 23.10.2006
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 17.10.2006
Hoyle, Lindsay Labour Party Chorley 11.10.2006
Humble, Joan Labour Party Blackpool North and Fleetwood 12.10.2006
Illsley, Eric Labour Party Barnsley Central 06.11.2006
Jenkins, Brian Labour Party Tamworth 19.10.2006
Jones, Lynne Labour Party Birmingham Selly Oak 12.10.2006
Keetch, Paul Liberal Democrats Hereford 16.10.2006
Laxton, Bob Labour Party Derby North 11.10.2006
Leech, John Liberal Democrats Manchester Withington 23.10.2006
Lloyd, Tony Labour Party Manchester Central 11.10.2006
Lucas, Ian Labour Party Wrexham 24.10.2006
Martlew, Eric Labour Party Carlisle 06.11.2006
McCafferty, Chris Labour Party Calder Valley 19.10.2006
McDonnell, Alasdair Social Democratic and Labour Party Belfast South 20.10.2006
McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 12.10.2006
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 11.10.2006
Price, Adam Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 26.10.2006
Pugh, John Liberal Democrats Southport 16.10.2006
Rosindell, Andrew Conservative Party Romford 17.10.2006
Simpson, Alan Labour Party Nottingham South 12.10.2006
Singh, Marsha Labour Party Bradford West 31.10.2006
Smith, Geraldine Labour Party Morecambe and Lunesdale 11.10.2006
Spink, Bob Conservative Party Castle Point 16.10.2006
Stewart, Ian Labour Party Eccles 11.10.2006
Trickett, Jon Labour Party Hemsworth 11.10.2006
Turner, Neil Labour Party Wigan 11.10.2006
Vis, Rudi Labour Party Finchley and Golders Green 18.10.2006
Willis, Phil Liberal Democrats Harrogate and Knaresborough 18.10.2006
Wright, Anthony D Labour Party Great Yarmouth 17.10.2006
Wyatt, Derek Labour Party Sittingbourne and Sheppey 23.10.2006