UK Politics

Labour MPs fight back against press in annual football scrap

The victorious MPs' team Image copyright Marc Gaier, BBC Radio Merseyside
Image caption MPs put their political differences aside to form a winning team

Labour MPs have beaten the press in the annual party conference football match with the winning goal scored by a comedian "guesting" for the team.

John Bishop, who has played the game semi-professionally, scored the decisive spot kick in a penalty shoot-out after the match finished three all.

The MPs' team came from three-down at half-time to secure victory.

Liverpool-supporting Bishop suggested the team had evoked the spirit of the Reds' 2005 Champions League Final win.

Image caption MP Steve Rotheram taking penalty

In that game in Istanbul, Liverpool were 3-0 behind at the break before levelling in the second half, and then winning on penalties.

Steve Rotheram, who captained a Labour team including the likes of Andy Burnham and Clive Betts, helped inspire the team to an unlikely triumph although his missed one of the penalties in the closing shoot-out.

In doing so, they put their political differences aside.

Mr Rotheram is a close ally of Jeremy Corbyn while the team included a handful of those who have called on him to go, including former shadow Scotland secretary Ian Murray and Stephen Kinnock, son of the former Labour leader.