Diary: England gets more balls than most in penalties

An update on the football match between the England and Scotland parliamentary teams, which I told you about in last week’s diary.

An update on the football match between the England and Scotland

parliamentary teams, which I told you about in last week’s diary.



It seems The Communication Group’s John Arnold was not the only lobbyist

roped in to boost the ranks of English and Scottish MPs at last week’s

match in Queens Park Rangers’ stadium. Westminster Strategy deputy

managing director Mike Lee found himself playing against Arnold, for the

English team. And Philip French, communications head at the Football

Trust, was captain of the English side.



The Scottish side was boosted by the presence of former Scottish

international goal keeper Alan Rough and former rugby international

captain Gavin Hastings, now a PR man himself.



The Scots were winning two-nil until 12 minutes before the end of the

game, when Andy Burnham, administrator of the Government’s football

taskforce, equalised with two goals. Then England won on penalties.

Which makes a change.



Despite losing, the Scots played host to the post-match celebrations,

which took place in the rather formal surroundings of the Scottish

Office’s Whitehall address. ’A fine time was had by all,’ according to

Lee.



All, that is, except Arnold, who returned to the Tory party conference

in Bournemouth straight after the match, nursing bruised ribs.



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