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Derek Twigg, MP for Halton

Working Hard for Widnes, Runcorn & Hale

Parliamentary Group Helps Secure World Cup Funding

25 May 2011

In his role as Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group, Derek has warmly welcomed news that 2013 Rugby League World Cup games will go ahead in the North West.


In what has been hailed as a resounding success for the All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group, the group has today received confirmation that the North West Development Agency has agreed to honour its financial commitments to the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. 

The tournament, to be played across England and Wales, will see games taking place in a number of regions, including several in the north west of England.  But since the announcement that Regional Development Agencies are to be abolished, the Government instructed these public bodies to reduce spending, including invoking any break clauses in contracts.  This lead to the NWDA threatening to withdraw previously agreed funding, putting games in the region in jeopardy. 
As well as Questions in Parliament, Members of Parliament wrote to the Agency, making clear their concerns and asking the NWDA to reconsider honouring their agreements made with the Rugby Football League as tournament organiser. 
Derek said:
“On behalf of the Group, I wrote to the NWDA Chairman stressing that any decision to reduce or remove funding would have significant implications for the north west region that they serve and making clear that as one of the final major decisions the agency would have to take, a decision to remain committed to the World Cup would leave a significant lasting impression on the region.  I’m delighted they’ve decided to continue supporting the tournament and I think it’s absolutely the right choice.” 

"The Group remains resolute in its support to the World Cup and will continue to work with the RFL and all Government bodies to ensure that a successful, world-class tournament goes ahead and is enjoyed by millions in the UK and overseas."

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