Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Match of Today John Reid V Frank DOBSON

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Match of Today John Reid V Frank DOBSON

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Ground: The Commons Kick-off: 12.30pm Probable score: Government 2, rebels 1

UP for grabs in the Foundation Hospital Cup is the future of the NHS.

There is lot of grumbling that Scottish and Welsh players are being drafted in to strengthen the Blairite side in this England-only fixture.

Even team captain Dr Reid is a Scot. The Commons is no longer such a friendly venue for the Government these days.

Former health secretary Mr Dobson has a clutch of ex-ministers to keep the pressure on. No one expects the rebels to win, but they have high hopes for a rematch in the House of Lords.

For me the jury is not out. It's not out at all-TONY BLAIR INSISTING THE IRAQ WAR WAS JUSTIFIED

'THE HUNT is on for a Labour candidate to fight an autumn byelection in Ken Livingstone's old seat, Brent East. A solid 13,000 majority means whoever is selected is nearcertain to end up at Westminster.

National executive member Shahid Malik, arrested in race riots in his native Burnley two years ago, is in the running.

So is union official Bob Shannon, whose mayoral bid failed last year. …

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