Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bill Jacobs in the House

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bill Jacobs in the House

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Byline: By Bill Jacobs

Scottish Labour MP and former minister George Faulkes has revealed that Newcastle United supporter Tony Blair sent him a letter of commiseration when he become chairman of his beloved Hearts Football Club.

Mr Faulkes revealed that 25 years of being an MP and a minister gave him no preparation for the problems of running a soccer team.

A supporter of the Edinburgh club throughout his life, Mr Faulkes was stunned when he was asked to chair the troubled club.

And he said that despite the problems of being an MP and a minister, he had no idea what it was like to be in charge of Heart of Midlothian.

He said; ""I had many letters of congratulation, some verging on commiseration, including hand written notes from Tony Blair and Lord Chancellor Charlie Falconer."

He said he'd had to take time to adjust to the etiquette of the board room as he looked like an MP who'd been catapulted in from the stand to the director's box which was what he was.

However, as Hearts controversial ground move from Tynecastle to share the Scottish Rugby Ground at Murrayfield moves ahead, Mr Faulkes might be moved to send a letter of commiseration to Mr Blair.

Especially given the recent problems at Newcastle United, following the sacking of Sir Bobby Robson, the problems with highly paid rebellious players and the appointment of Graeme Souness as manager, someone not universally highly-regarded north of the border.

NEWCASTLE-born MP Janet Anderson recently told a conference of business women in East Lancashire where she is now an MP, about being a woman in the man's world.

Twelve months after being elected for Rossendale and Darwen she helped to organise a party to celebrate the new boys and girls' first year in Parliament.

She told her audience: "I was running around dispensing pieces of birthday cake when a Labour MP said to me: `Janet you should be making policy not tea". …

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