Both David Cameron and Ed Miliband backed their teams for victory today as the battle for Number 10 took to the football pitch in Edinburgh.
Labour and the Conservatives faced each other in a penalty shoot-out to help Motor Neurone Disease campaigner Gordon Aikman in his fight against the terminal condition and Labour won 3-2.
Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy, the party’s Health spokesperson Jenny Marra, Scottish Conservative Finance spokesperson Gavin Brown and Energy, Enterprise and Tourism spokesperson, Murdo Fraser, were among the politicians taking part in the “Show MND the Red Card” event at Spartans’ Community Football Academy.
MND patient, campaigner and founder of GordonsFightback.com was referee at the event. Aikman was diagnosed with the terminal condition less than a year ago and has raised over £250,000 for research into a cure through his campaign “Gordon’s Fightback”. People can donate to the campaign through GordonsFightback.com or texting “MNDS85 £5” to 70070.
Trade Union “Community” have also thrown their weight behind the shoot-out. As well as providing the team’s strips, Assistant General Secretary, John Park, was in goals for Labour.
Conservative leader, David Cameron, got behind his party’s team and said: “I’m confident the Conservatives can pull off a win not only on the football pitch today but on polling day too
“Whichever team wins today all of us agree that we need to show MND the red card.
“Gordon Aikman is an inspiration. The impact of his incredible campaign will have a positive impact for generations to come.”
Labour leader, Ed Miliband, backed his party’s team to win when he said: “Today’s shoot-out is not the first time that the Conservatives have been put on the spot at this election. Just like all the other times, I’m confident Labour will win.
“Whatever the result today we all want to show MND the red card.
“Gordon’s campaign is an inspiration to us all and we need to do all we can to make this disease a horrible part of history.”
MND patient, campaigner and founder of GordonsFightback.com, Gordon Aikman said: “To see politicians put aside their differences to help people with MND means a lot.
“Whatever the score and whoever ends up in Number 10 we need to guarantee that creating a world free from MND is a top priority.
“It’ll be too late for me, but we can and we must find a cure for future generations. Please donate what you can at GordonsFightback.com or by texting MNDS85 £5 to 70070.”
Assistant General Secretary of the trade union Community, John Park, said:
“Community is a modern union for a changing world and we’re really pleased to be able to be part of and support this shoot-out today.
“Both teams on the pitch might disagree on the future direction of our country, but we all agree that we need to fight MND.”
Chief Executive of MND Scotland, Craig Stockton, said:
“This event demonstrates that no matter who you want to see as Prime Minister after 7th May, the fight to find a cure for MND cuts across the political divide.
“Hopefully this event will inspire people to donate and help us to provide much needed support and fund research that will show MND the Red Card.”