OF all the leaked emails which reveal Labour’s scheming behind the scenes, this must be the most dastardly to find its way into the dropbox. Secret messages reveal how councillors are plotting a spectacular revenge on the Camden New Journal football team ahead of a fund-raising match, played as part of the newspaper’s annual Christmas hamper appeal. The spirit of this fixture has historically been that the journalists play a match against the Labour councillor and activists who have been part of our local politics over the years.
But having drawn 4-4 and lost 13-0 in the last two matches, captain Awale Olad, a councillor in Holborn and Covent Gardens, can be exposed today as the ringleader of a ringer plot. Rather than bring the same players who fought out an evenly-matched 4-4 draw last November, when new MP Keir Starmer made his debut, Cllr Olad is dropping familiar faces in favour of younger, fitter players who have hardly seen the inside of the council chamber, namely relations of relentless diarist and former communications chief Alastair Campbell. Rory Campbell (pictured above) playing a charity match with his pop, for example, kicks it with West Ham.
The fixer behind the scenes can be revealed as Georgia Gould.
Awale’s email to group: “Anyone know a good goalie? Furthermore, they’re scared of the Campbells. Georgia: can you get them to play? AO.”
Georgia replies: “Rory and Calum Campbell are both happy to add to the fear factor. Alastair is in Burnley so can’t make it. Calum was always a good goalie if you’re still looking. And Rory is now a scout at West Ham so you never know one of you might end up playing Premiership football.”
Well, Awale won’t, dear Georgia. He’s rubbish, famous in these local matches for kicking two free-kicks over the fence last time out.
The New Journal team, all made up of staffers, meanwhile, is in discussion as to whether the Camden Labour is in breach of spirit, if not the rules ahead of the match at Acland Burghley’s soccer pitch. Questions remain as to the disappearance of Raj Chada, Theo Blackwell, Nash Ali and Maddy Rahman, all who have played in close matches before, from the team sheet?
Surely, there isn’t a deselection plot inside the Camden Labour’s football squad.