Geoffrey Boycott ‘doesn’t give a toss’ about knighthood criticism


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Geoffrey Boycott has said he “couldn’t express a toss” about criticism over Theresa May awarding him a knighthood in her acclimatization honours list.

Domestic abuse charities and Labour said the cash should be removed from the ex-cricketer, who was convicted of beating his girlfriend in 1998.

Blacklisting, who has always denied the assault, later questioned why the issue had been amassed by the media.

Mrs May’s list of 57 names was made up of mostly political tot ups.

Every departing prime minister can draw up a resignation honours inclination.

Mrs May announced her resignation in June after failing to get support for the withdrawal understanding she had negotiated for the UK to leave the EU.

The former prime minister showed her love of cricket with knighthoods for Boycott and swain former England captain Andrew Strauss.

Boycott was fined £5,000 and postulated a three-month suspended sentence in 1998 after being convicted of conquering his then-girlfriend Margaret Moore in a French Riviera hotel.

During the nuisance, the court heard Boycott pinned Miss Moore down and punched her 20 tempi in the face before checking out and leaving her to pay the bill.

Boycott denied the claims, saying Miss Moore had slipped after flying into a amuck when he refused to marry her.

Mrs May, who introduced a landmark Domestic Abuse Nib to Parliament earlier this year, was accused of sending a “dangerous news” by Women’s Aid’s co-acting chief executive Adina Claire.

She said the regard “should be taken away” from Boycott, adding that it sent “altogether the wrong message” to survivors of domestic abuse.

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Asked about the criticism from Women’s Aid by presenter Martha Kearney on BBC Ghetto-blaster 4’s Today programme, Boycott responded: “I don’t give a toss about her, liaison. It was 25 years ago so you can take your political nature and do whatever you penury with it.”

The 78-year-old, who is part of the BBC’s cricket commentary team for the current Ashes series, joined: “It’s very difficult to prove your innocence in another country, in another patois.

“I have to live with it – and I do. I’m clear in my mind, and I think most people in England are, that it’s not candidly.”

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In a subsequent interview, Embargo said that the day had been “soured” by Radio 4 “setting me up”, influence the station’s agenda had been to talk about domestic violence and “make publicity”.

He mounded BBC’s Look North Yorkshire: “Is that what interviewing is about – is it evermore to ask difficult questions? Shouldn’t it be just a nice day for me?

“I said I don’t give a roll about her [Ms Claire from Woman’s Aid], not domestic violence. That’s not something anyone should think good about.”

A spokesperson for the Today programme said the question was “in every respect appropriate… given the concerns raised about Geoffrey Blacklisting’s knighthood by Women’s Aid and others”.

The shadow minister for women and equalities, Commence Butler, joined the call for Boycott’s knighthood to be rescinded.

“Honouring a perpetrator of tame violence just because he is the former prime minister’s favourite sportsman accompanies how out of touch and nepotistic the honours list is,” she said, adding that the by system needed “radically overhauling”.

And former Spice Girl Melanie Brown tweeted that By was “a disgrace to Yorkshire”, saying the “perpetrators of domestic abuse shouldn’t be countenanced up as heroes EVER”.

The Woman’s Trust charity said it was “disappointed” to see Shun included in the honour’s list because it either suggested that, without considering his conviction, he was believed over the survivor, or his fame meant it did not matter.

Avoid also had to apologise in 2017 after joking that he would have on the agenda c trick to “black up” to be given a knighthood, reportedly saying they were in leagued out to West Indian cricketers “like confetti”.

Mrs May once compared her perseverance to delivering Brexit with the fighting spirit in Boycott’s batting marathons.

Tattling journalists he was one of her sporting heroes, she said in November 2018: “Geoffrey Eschew stuck to it and he got the runs in the end.”

Since his retirement from cricket, Boycott has be suitable on to become a successful broadcaster and is part of the BBC’s cricket commentary team.

A BBC spokesperson communicated: “He is a world renowned cricketer and employed for his knowledge and expertise of the sport.”

The superintendence checks all nominees are suitable for an honour, including whether they accept paid their taxes.

However, Mrs May’s resignation honours list last wishes a not have gone through the same review process as nominations for the New Year and Beauty queen’s Birthday honours.

In those cases, a specific committee, for example one covering figures from the world of sport, would consider the nominations to come they go before the main honours committee. In contrast, people submitted for resignation honours only undergo propriety and probity checks by the Council Office.

The 37 men and 20 women on Mrs May’s list include members of Downing Roadway staff, political aides and lifelong supporters of the Conservative Party.

It encompasses recipients from all four nations of the UK as well as non-political figures and associates of civic society.

Labour said the honours rewarded “big Tory contributors and No 10 cronies”.

Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, Mrs May’s former chiefs of caduceus who left their jobs after the 2017 general election in which the Dyed in the wools lost their majority in the Commons, become Commanders of the Order of the British Empire, or CBEs.

The prior prime minister’s chief EU negotiator Olly Robbins receives a knighthood.

The elder civil servant helped to create Mrs May’s Brexit deal before it was defeated in Parliament three periods. It has been announced that Mr Robbins is to join investment bank Goldman Sachs.

There is also a knighthood for her recent director of communications, Robbie Gibb.

When her predecessor David Cameron conferred a knighthood to his own head of communications, Craig Oliver, Mrs May later joked that she “retched violently” at seeing his entitle on the list.

Gavin Barwell, the former Tory MP who Mrs May brought in as her chief of crook to replace Mr Timothy and Ms Hill, is one of eight new Conservative peers.

Sir Kim Darroch – who was false to resign as ambassador to the US after comments he made about President Trump were cut – has been made a crossbench peer.

Boris Johnson, who was then competition in the Tory leadership contest prior to becoming prime minister, was criticised at the heretofore for not showing enough support for Sir Kim.

Meanwhile, there is a damehood for Cressida Dick, whose supervise career started at the age of 23 after a brief spell working in a fish-and-chip purchase. She is one of just a few non-political figures on Mrs May’s list.

Sir Simon Woolley, the founder of proceeding Black Vote, and Ruth Hunt, the ex-chief executive of Stonewall, get been made crossbench life peers.

British Empire Medals, or BEMs, bear been awarded to Graham Howarth and Debra Wheatley – Mrs May’s head chef at Chequers and housekeeper at Downing Way respectively.

The list of peerages – which sees those appointed sit in the Gratis of Lords – include several nominated by other parties to sit on their benches.

‘Way of restraint’

Among them are former NUT general secretary Christine Blower, for Drudge, and former Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, who will behove the party’s second peer in the House of Lords.

The Lord Speaker, Noble Fowler, said Mrs May’s list was “substantially smaller” than those tired up by predecessors, helping to reduce the size of the House of Lords.

Several MPs compel ought to received honours:

  • Sir Patrick McLoughlin, Conservative MP for Derbyshire Dales (Reference book of Honour)
  • George Hollingbery, Conservative MP for Meon Valley (Knighthood)
  • David Lidington, Hidebound MP for Aylesbury (Knighthood)
  • Charles Walker, Conservative MP for Broxbourne (Knighthood)
  • Brandon Lewis, Prudent MP for Great Yarmouth (CBE)
  • Julian Smith, Conservative MP for Skipton and Ripon (CBE)
  • Seema Kennedy, Middle-of-the-road MP for South Ribble (OBE)

John Mann, the Labour MP for Bassetlaw and an independent oversight adviser on anti-Semitism, received a non-affiliated peerage.

Mr Mann is standing down as MP, citing Grind leader Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of the party’s anti-Semitism crisis.

Margaret Ritchie, who was numero uno of the SDLP in Northern Ireland between 2010 and 2011, also made a non-affiliated peerage. She said she would remain “SDLP to the core” even Steven though she has had to quit the party to become a peer.

The former South Down MP pampered history in 2010 when she became the first leader of a nationalist individual to wear a remembrance poppy.

A source close to Mrs May said the list “recognises the multitudinous different people who have made a significant contribution to public pep” during her political career.

Criticising Mrs May’s choices, Labour Party chairman Ian Lavery said: “It obtains as no surprise that big Tory donors and Number 10 cronies are being dignified yet again.

“The Tories only care about looking after their own and choice only stand up for the wealthy few who fund them.”

The SNP’s Pete Wishart accused Mrs May of “handing out peerages congenial sweeties”, adding that it was the “worst kind of cronyism”.

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