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The BBC v Houses of Parliament Hockey Match January 2004

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

19th January 2004

Battersea Park

A team formed by representatives of the House of Commons, Lords and a couple of Members of the European Parliament, with their staff, took on the BBC last night at Hockey and held them to a 0-0 draw - some considerable achievement.

The Commons and Lords hockey team have existed for a long time but a lot of the people haven't played together before.

Despite playing on Astro turf on a wet day, surprisingly few people fell over. Nor did the players fall out, the match being played in a good spirit and only the occasional dispute about the odd foul.

Speaking from the Battersea Park pitch afterwards Meg Munn, Labour and Co-operative MP for Sheffield Heeley said

“I borrowed a hockey stick from Newfield School in my Sheffield Heeley constituency, which was very kind of them. I haven't played for 20 years since leaving university so I was a bit apprehensive but was delighted that my skills had not deserted me despite not being used for so long.

Our team consisted of six MPs, the Conservatives were Crispin Blunt, Tim Loughton, Hugh Robertson and Alan Duncan, the other Labour MP was Andy Reed. There were also 2 MEPs, Labour’s Robert Evans and Conservative Den Dover. The upper chamber represented by the son of a hereditary peer (Charlie Brougham, son of Tory Lord Brougham).  We were graced too with young, fit research assistants and employees of the Houses of Parliament.

I was delighted to join forces with Chris Pickard who works for the All-Party Parliamentary Health Group, an organisation that advises Parliament on health issues. We discovered in conversation that he went to the same school as me - Meadowhead School (which was called Rowlinson when I was there about 20 years earlier) and then both of us went to York University, where we both last played hockey. An amazing coincidence!

Commenting on the match, Chris said  

“The BBC dominated play for most of the first half, the pressure on the Commons and Lords only relieved by the occasional lightning counter attack spearheaded by pacey wingers Alan Duncan and Hugh Robertson and wily forward Den Dover MEP. The early part of the second half was more even, as Parliament hit back fuelled by the half time oranges provided by Tim Loughton, who arranged the fixture.

In the last quarter however, the youth of the BBC side began to tell and Parliament were forced to mount a desperate defence, with Meg providing a spine of Sheffield steel to a back line also comprising fellow Labour MP Andy Reed and MEP Robert Evans and Conservative Crispin Blunt.

A chance for Parliament to snatch victory was missed in the last minute, as a short corner went begging, leaving the score a hard fought nil-nil.”  



The Lords and Commons team - pictured, from left to right, back row: Hugh Robertson, Robert Evans, Crispin Blunt, Chris Pickard, Luke Pollard, Alice Ferrero, Lawrence Mann, Alan Duncan, Jofey Craig. Front row: Tim Loughton, Den Dover, Ian Insley, Meg Munn, Andy Reed.

Charlie Brougham is the only one not pictured


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