LABOUR CONFERENCE: WMN man helps thwart Labour on pitch
Labour was dealt a mauling by journalists in the traditional party conference football match yesterday.
The Lobby romped to a 4-0 victory against a team featuring frontbenchers Ed Balls, Jim Murphy and Andy Burnham. All the goals were scored by Sky News' Ramzi Bedj Bedj.
The first period was tightly contested, with the journalists struggling to break down the partnership between Murphy and Shadow Pensions Minister Gregg McClymont in the middle of the park. But after the deadlock was broken on the stroke of half-time, the momentum was always firmly with the Lobby.
Mr Balls' attempts to make an impact were thwarted by solid defending from the Western Morning News' London Editor Graeme Demianyk and former Daily Telegraph Political Editor Andy Porter, who used to work for the WMN too.
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Long-term Lobby captain Patrick Hennessy who is leaving the Sunday Telegraph to become a Labour spin doctorwas man-of-the-match.