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UK NewsLabour calls for Sir Geoffrey Boycott to be stripped of his knighthood over domestic violence conviction

17:20  10 september  2019
17:20  10 september  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

Geoff Boycott knighthood criticised by domestic abuse charities

Geoff Boycott knighthood criticised by domestic abuse charities Ex-England cricketer Geoff Boycott has been awarded a knighthood by Theresa May in a farewell honours list that also rewards many of her former aides. Domestic abuse charities have criticised the move, pointing out his conviction for assaulting his then-partner in 1998. Adina Claire, co-acting chief executive of Women's Aid, said: "Celebrating a man who was convicted for assaulting his partner sends a dangerous message - that domestic abuse is not taken seriously as a crime.

Former England cricketer Geoffrey Boycott has said he “does not give a toss” about criticism of his knighthood from a leading domestic violence “With increasing awareness of domestic abuse, and a domestic abuse bill ready to be taken forward by government, it is extremely disappointing that a

Geoffrey Boycott says he ‘couldn’t give a toss’ about his conviction for domestic violence , after receiving a knighthood from Theresa May. The former England batsman was appearing on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme when he was asked why it had taken so long for him to receive the honour

Labour calls for Sir Geoffrey Boycott to be stripped of his knighthood over domestic violence conviction © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

Boris Johnson should strip Sir Geoffrey Boycott of his knighthood over his conviction for domestic violence, Labour said today.

Shadow equalities minister Dawn Butler added to the growing outrage over Theresa May's decision to award the veteran cricketer with a gong in her resignation honours list. It follows criticism by Women's Aid that the honour sends a “dangerous message” that domestic violence is not taken seriously.

Downing Street have distanced the current Prime Minister from his predecessor's decision to give Sir Geoffrey an honour. Earlier, Sir Geoffrey sparked fury by saying he “couldn't give a toss” about the criticism. Ms Butler urged the Prime Minister to remove the knighthood and launch an overhaul of the honours system.

Geoffrey Boycott 'Doesn't Give A Toss' Over Women's Aid Criticism Of His Knighthood

Geoffrey Boycott 'Doesn't Give A Toss' Over Women's Aid Criticism Of His Knighthood Sir Geoffrey Boycott has said he does not “give a toss” about criticism of his knighthood. Domestic abuse charities have attacked ex-prime minister Theresa May over the decision to give the former England cricket star a knighthood, after he was convicted in France in 1998 of beating his then girlfriend Margaret Moore in a French Riviera hotel. The co-acting chief executive of Women’s Aid said his award was “very disappointing”. Sir Geoffrey, 78, told BBC Radio 4′s Today programme: “I don’t give a toss about her, love. “Twenty-five years ago. “You can take your political nature and do whatever you want with it. “I couldn’t give a toss.

Ex-England cricketer Geoff Boycott has been awarded a knighthood by Theresa May in a farewell Domestic abuse charities have criticised the move, pointing out his conviction for assaulting his "With increasing awareness of domestic abuse, and a domestic abuse bill ready to be taken forward

The cricketer Geoffrey Boycott has been knighted as Theresa May rewarded her controversial sporting hero despite a conviction for domestic violence . Boycott said he was “thrilled to bits” that his characteristically attritional campaign to become a knight had finally been rewarded.

Labour calls for Sir Geoffrey Boycott to be stripped of his knighthood over domestic violence conviction © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

Mrs May's resignation list is proving as controversial as her predecessor David Cameron's, which drew criticism for being stuffed with peerages and honours for his former No10 advisers. After making a veiled swipe about Mr Cameron's list when she was PM, Mrs May has given knighthoods, CBEs and peerages to a list of her ex-No10 staff. But it is the furore around the former Yorkshire and England batsman that has caused the most outrage.

Labour calls for Sir Geoffrey Boycott to be stripped of his knighthood over domestic violence conviction © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

Sir Geoffrey Boycott sparked fury by saying he 'couldn't give a toss' about the criticism over his knighthood (Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty)

'Dangerous message'

Ms Butler said: “Celebrating a man convicted of assaulting his partner by giving him a knighthood is an insult to victims and survivors of domestic violence.

People are furious that Geoffrey Boycott has been awarded a knighthood

People are furious that Geoffrey Boycott has been awarded a knighthood Geoffrey Boycott said he “couldn't give a toss, love” about the backlash over Theresa May awarding him a knighthood despite a conviction for domestic violence. The ex-England cricketer’s comments have provoked a furious response amid calls for him to be removed from May’s resignation honours list. Boycott was fined £5,000 and given a three-month suspended sentence in 1998 after being convicted of beating his then-girlfriend Margaret Moore in a French Riviera hotel. Your browser does not support this video require(["binding"], function (binding) { binding("wcVideoPlayer", "#video_player_fd02eb1a-370a-4ad6-a49b-e457fac7f985").

Sir Geoffrey Boycott today insisted he 'doesn't care a toss' about criticism from domestic abuse charities after he was given a knighthood . 'With increasing awareness of domestic abuse, and a domestic abuse bill ready to be taken forward by Government, it is extremely disappointing that a

Arise Sir Geoffrey Boycott , Greatest Living Yorkshireman: LEO MCKINSTRY on Theresa May knighting her cricketing hero – 20 years after THAT But Boycott ’s real passion and fidelity are not for himself — they are for the sport he adores. His knighthood is certainly merited by his achievements

“Honouring a perpetrator of domestic violence just because he is the former Prime Minister’s favourite sportsman shows how out of touch and nepotistic the honours list is.

“Boris Johnson should rescind his knighthood today. The whole honours system needs radically overhauling, alongside peerages, so that our political system works for the many not the few.”

Adina Claire, co-acting chief executive of Women’s Aid, said: “Celebrating a man who was convicted for assaulting his partner sends a dangerous message – that domestic abuse is not taken seriously as a crime.”

Shadow equalities minister Dawn Butler added to the growing outrage over Theresa May's decision to award the veteran cricketer with a gong (Photo: Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

Honours row

Asked about the furore this morning, a No10 spokesman said the honour was a “matter for the last Prime Minister”. People who receive honours can be stripped of the award if they have been found guilty of a criminal offence or other behaviour which could bring the honours system into disrepute. It would be a matter for the official Honours Forfeiture Committee to rescind the gong, with the approval of the Queen.

What is the truth about Geoffrey Boycott, his lover and her black eyes?

What is the truth about Geoffrey Boycott, his lover and her black eyes? RICHARD KAY: Over the years, Boycott has been accused of many things and has rarely demurred. But, for more than two decades, he has denied vociferously that he was a woman-beater. © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Sir Geoffrey Boycott (pictured, last year at Headingley) was given a three-month suspended prison sentence, fined £5,000 and ordered to pay one franc in compensation after being accused of raining 20 punches on his then-girlfriend, divorcee Margaret Moore © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Two cases in France settled the matter in Mrs Moore’s favour (she is pictured in 1998) and, as the

Sir Geoffrey . GEOFFREY Boycott ’s marathon wait for a knighthood ended last night as Theresa May honoured her “hero”. Boycott was allegedly previously denied a gong due to an assault conviction in the 1990s.

Sir Geoffrey Boycott has said he "doesn't give a toss" about criticism over Theresa May awarding him a knighthood . "With increasing awareness of domestic abuse, and a Domestic Abuse Bill ready to be taken forward by Government, it is extremely disappointing that a knighthood has been

On average, two women are killed each week by a current or former partner in England and Wales. Sir Geoffrey received a conviction in a French court in 1998 for assaulting his then girlfriend, Margaret Moore, in a Riviera hotel. He has always denied wrongdoing.

Former prime minister Theresa May gave honours to her key aides (Photo: Getty)

When questioned by Today programme presenter Martha Kearney about the criticism of his knighthood by the Women's Aid chief executive, Sir Geoffrey said: “I couldn't give a toss about her, love.

“Twenty-five years ago. You can take your political nature and do whatever you want with it. I couldn’t give a toss. You want to talk to me about my knighthood, it’s very nice of you to have me. But I couldn't give a toss.”

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Sir Geoffrey was fined £5,000 and given a three-month suspended prison sentence after computer consultant Mrs Moore suffered bruising to her forehead and blackened eyes in the assault at the Hotel du Cap in Antibes in October 1996. He has previously accused her of putting a “stain on my name” and maintained her injuries were sustained through an accidental slip and fall.

In 2017, he is reported to have responded to a question about why he did not have a knighthood by saying they are handed out like “confetti” to West Indies cricketers and that he would need to “black up” in order to receive one.

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Ex-cricketer Geoffrey Boycott deserves a knighthood even if he was convicted of beating up his girlfriend, David Cameron has suggested. The ex-PM has backed up his successor Theresa May after she nominated Boycott for the honour and the move attracted a tide of criticism from domestic violence charities. Boycott was convicted in a French court for assaulting his former partner Margaret Moore in 1998. He denies the assault but at the time was fined £5,000 and handed a three-month jail term after Moore was left with two black eyes and bruising to her forehead.

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