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
In third place were the Geoff Thomas Experience, presumably named in
recognition of the silky skills of the Nottingham Forest midfield
They were led by Alasdair McGowan, special adviser to Defence Secretary
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.