The local MP for Barrow and Furness, Simon Fell, has presented a Barrow Raiders tie to House of Commons Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP.
On Tuesday, Mr Fell met with Mr Speaker in his official Parliamentary residence to present a blue and white Barrow Raiders club tie to the MP for Chorley.
Sir Lindsay is no stranger to Craven Park and is an avid follower of rugby league. Commenting after making the socially distanced presentation, Mr Fell said: “I recently met with Steve Neale and some of the Raiders staff at Craven Park to discuss the boards ambitious plans for the future. The club very kindly presented me with my own tie and they asked me if I’d present a tie to Mr Speaker, given his enthusiasm for rugby league. I was, of course, very happy to oblige and I am very grateful to the Speaker for giving up some of his time to chat to me about Barrow Raiders and to accept the gift from the club.”
Mr Fell was spotted wearing his Raiders tie, later that day, whilst taking part in Culture, Media and Sport questions. Much to the local MP’s delight, Mr Speaker was also wearing his Raiders tie, whilst chairing the proceedings.
Commenting during the question time, Mr Fell “Thank you Mr Speaker and may I compliment on your choice of tie this morning?” to which the Speaker could be overheard replying “thank you very much!”
Mr Fell said “It was a privilege to be able to present Mr Speaker with a Raiders club tie. It was a very nice gesture by him to then wear the tie for the days business, to help raise the profile of our fantastic local rugby league club. Mr Speaker is a keen rugby league fan and was Chairman of his local club a few years ago. I look forward to welcoming him to a game at Craven Park in the not so distant future.”