Diary: Football’s coming home to Keene Public Affairs

While the best football teams in the world did battle in France last week Keene Public Affairs staged a tournament for staff from Labour Party HQ, think tanks, trade unions and environmental groups.

While the best football teams in the world did battle in France

last week Keene Public Affairs staged a tournament for staff from Labour

Party HQ, think tanks, trade unions and environmental groups.



The five-a-side event brought out the best in North London Young Labour

(pictured) who walked away with the trophy, presented by Sports Minister

Tony Banks. On the far right is Mark Titterington, research consultant

at Lawson Lucas Mendelsohn.



Meanwhile David Leam, a consultant at public affairs firm GPC and

playing for the Manufacturing Science and Finance Union, won the ’Lord

Irvine Award for Extravagant Finishing’ with five goals. In last place,

taking away the ’Michael Portillo Award for Dramatic Failure’ were

Friends of the Earth whose team included campaigns researcher Simon

Bullock.



In third place were the Geoff Thomas Experience, presumably named in

recognition of the silky skills of the Nottingham Forest midfield

general.



They were led by Alasdair McGowan, special adviser to Defence Secretary

George Robertson.



Steve Fishwick, account manager at Keene, (kneeling) was pleased that

football was the winner. ’There was no crowd violence, perhaps those

nice LibDems got all the black market tickets,’ he tells me.



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