SPEEDWAY bosses have been invited to Westminster to celebrate the formation of a new parliamentary committee for the sport.

Matt Ford and Giles Hartwell, promoters for Poole Pirates, will help mark the creation of a new group of MPs set up to provide a point of contact between speedway and parliament.

Mr Ford, who owns the Pirates, said they were both ‘honoured’ to be invited.

He said: “There are a few MPs who are speedway fans and they have set up a group to represent us at certain times, when needed.

“Being invited to the Houses of Parliament is not something that happens very regularly and we are looking forward to making sure we represent the town and club in the proper manner.”

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Motorcycle Speedway has also been created to act as a forum for discussions of speedway issues.

The invitation, from MP Nick Brown, says that the reception at the Houses of Parliament will also celebrate the conclusion of the 2013 season.

Mr Ford is delighted that the new parliamentary group has been formed and is hoping it will result in the sport being given more attention. He would also love to see the new group help to gain more funding for young riders to get involved in speedway in a way that would mirror investment made in other sports.

The group of 20 MPs does not include any from Dorset.

Last week the Pirates were presented with an inscribed commemorative Poole Pottery plate at a reception at Poole Civic Centre after they conquered the Elite League.