In pictures: Ed Balls involved in bloodbath at MP charity game

 
Gabriella Griffith
Balls and Merrick in the moments before they came to blows (Source: Getty)

This week, the political excitement has migrated south from Scotland to Manchester, where Labour has started its annual party conference. What better way to kick things off (literally) than with the now infamous MPs versus lobby hacks footie match? And it was a goodie. MPs including Ed Balls, Sadiq Khan and Andy Burn­ham donned their shorts, did some stretches and hit the pitch. It was all very friendly(

And it was a goodie. MPs including Ed Balls, Sadiq Khan and Andy Burn­ham donned their shorts, did some stretches and hit the pitch. It was all very friendly(ish) until Balls and Northern Echo journo Paul Merrick had a run-in, leaving Merrick with a bloody eye and a seat on the bench (until a further journo injury forced him back on the pitch).


Balls limbers up (Source: Getty)

Despite sustaining injuries, the journos were victorious over the MPs, with a 3-1 win. Having had their fun, the Labour MPs returned to the serious matter of the conference, which continues until Wednesday.

If you want to keep up with ongoings from Manchester, follow the hashtag #LAB14. Which as many on Twi­tter have pointed out, is in no way funny. Not at all.


Merrick is escorted off the pitch by a paramedic (Source: Getty)

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