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US NewsGeoff Boycott knighthood criticised by domestic abuse charities

11:10  10 september  2019
11:10  10 september  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Image: Geoffrey Boycott has been awarded a knighthood for services to sport. Ex-England cricketer Geoffrey Boycott has said he "couldn't give a toss" about criticism from domestic abuse charities over his knighthood .

Geoffrey Boycott has said he "couldn't give a toss" about criticism over Theresa May awarding him a knighthood in her resignation honours list. Domestic abuse charities and Labour said the honour should be removed from the ex-cricketer, who was convicted of beating his girlfriend in 1998.

Geoff Boycott knighthood criticised by domestic abuse charities © Getty Geoffrey Boycott has been awarded a knighthood for services to sport 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.

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Charities and opposition parties highlight ex-cricketer’s conviction for domestic abuse .

‘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 recommended for Geoffrey Boycott , who is a convicted perpetrator of domestic abuse .’

"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 recommended for Geoffrey Boycott, who is a convicted perpetrator of domestic abuse."

Boycott, who has always denied the assault, was fined £5,000 and given a three-month suspended prison sentence over the attack. Geoff Boycott knighthood criticised by domestic abuse charities © Getty Theresa May's advisers Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill are made CBEs

In 2017, Boycott apologised for reportedly saying "I'd better black me face" to get a knighthood as they were handed out "like confetti" to West Indian greats such as Sir Viv Richards and Sir Garfield Sobers.

Mrs May's list also contains honours for many of those who worked with her in Downing Street.

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The ex-girlfriend of former cricketer Sir Geoffrey Boycott has said he does not deserve a knighthood after he was convicted of assaulting her in 1998. The award, bestowed on him by former PM Theresa May in her resignation honours list, has been strongly criticised by domestic abuse charities .

Geoffrey Boycott rejects criticism of his knighthood – audio. Geoffrey Boycott has always represented Theresa May’s idealised version of herself, and in that sense it is no surprise that the former prime minister has given him a knighthood in her resignation honours.

Her controversial former joint chiefs of staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill - who were forced to quit No 10 in the wake of the Tories losing their majority in the 2017 general election - are made CBEs.

Olly Robbins, who led negotiations with the EU and is blamed by many Tory MPs for her three times rejected Brexit deal, receives a knighthood, as does former Tory Director of Communications Robbie Gibb. Geoff Boycott knighthood criticised by domestic abuse charities © Getty Andrew Strauss, seen with his OBE in 2011, receives a knighthood

There are peerages for her Tory special advisers such as Gavin Barwell, Joanna Penn, Stephen Parkinson, Liz Sanderson, and Tory vice-chairman David Brownlow.

Opposition parties were quick to criticise Mrs May's choices.

Scottish National Party (SNP) MP Pete Wishart accused her of "handing out peerages like sweeties - to the same Tory advisers who got us into this Brexit mess", calling it "the worst kind of cronyism".

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Geoffrey Boycott was convicted in France in 1998 of hitting his ex-girlfriend; he maintains his innocence and said he couldn’t give a toss about the criticism . Former British Prime Minister Theresa May has attracted criticism from domestic abuse charities for choosing Geoffrey Boycott

Sir Geoffrey Boycott was responding to criticism from domestic abuse charities . Domestic abuse charities criticised the move to honour the ex-England cricket captain, who was convicted of beating his girlfriend in France in 1998.

He added: "It is a disgrace that the Tories are able to give away jobs for the boys, and make their cronies and donors legislators for life - with no democratic mandate or accountability".

Geoff Boycott knighthood criticised by domestic abuse charities © PA Sir Kim Darroch becomes a life peer

Labour Party chairman Ian Lavery said: "It comes as no surprise that big Tory donors and Number 10 cronies are being honoured yet again.

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

Ben Howlett, a Conservative MP until 2017, said "it is deeply galling that so many have been rewarded for so much failure". Geoff Boycott knighthood criticised by domestic abuse charities © Getty Fiona Hill with Theresa May in 2011

He said: "At a time when MPs are having to decide between national interest and party, it is astonishing that the previous Downing Street has decided to reward so many for putting party first.

The Lord Speaker, Lord Fowler, defended Mrs May's list, saying it was "substantially smaller" than previous editions.

Geoff Boycott knighthood criticised by domestic abuse charities © Sky News Screen Grab Gavin Barwell becomes a life peer

Mrs May's predecessor, David Cameron, was criticised for handing out 46 knighthoods and honours, as well as 13 peerages, to his aides, donors, political allies - and even his wife's stylist - when he stood down three years ago.

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Domestic violence charity says honour sends message that domestic abuse is not taken seriously. Mrs May, who introduced a landmark domestic abuse bill to parliament earlier this year, gave Boycott a knighthood for services to sport in her resignation honours list.

Charity Women’s Aid, which campaigns against domestic abuse , has said Boycott ’s knighthood “sends out a dangerous message”. The ex-Yorkshire star, now a popular pundit on BBC’s Test Match Special, has always protested his innocence, and claims Margaret put a “stain on my name”.

That prompted Mrs May to say soon after taking office that honours should go to people who "really contribute", in what was widely seen as a thinly veiled attack on him.

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The full list of honours and peerages:

CH (Order Of The Companions Of Honour)

  • The Rt Hon Sir Patrick McLoughlin MP, for political and public service

KCMG (Knight Commander, Order Of St Michael And St George)

  • George Hollingbery MP, for political and public service
  • Oliver Robbins CB, for public service

KCB (Knight Commander, Order Of The Bath)

  • The Rt Hon David Lidington CBE MP, for political and public service
  • Peter Storr CB, for public service

KBE/DBE (Knight/dame, Order Of The British Empire)

  • Cressida Dick CBE QPM, for public service
  • Charles Walker OBE MP, for political and public service

Knighthood

  • Geoffrey Boycott OBE, for services to sport
  • Ashley Fox, for political and public service
  • Robbie Gibb, for political and public service
  • Andrew Strauss OBE, for services to sport
  • Ehud Sheleg, for political and public service

CB (Companion, Order Of The Bath)

  • Peter Hill, for public service

CBE

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  • (David) Jackson Carlaw MSP, for political and public service
  • Ian Gallen, for services to public health
  • Fiona Hill, for political and public service
  • Richard Jackson MBE, for political and public service
  • The Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP, for political and public service
  • James Marshall, for political and public service
  • James Slack, for public service
  • The Rt Hon Julian Smith MP, for political and public service
  • Nicholas Timothy. for political and public service

OBE

  • Kirsty Buchanan, for political and public service
  • Victoria Busby, for public service
  • Keelan Carr, for political and public service
  • Alexander Dawson, for political and public service
  • Philip Dumville, for political and public service
  • Paul Harrison, for political and public service
  • The Hon Caroline Haughey QC, for public service
  • Seema Kennedy MP, for political and public service
  • Matilda Macattram, for services to mental health
  • James McLoughlin, for political and public service
  • Dr Deborah Milligan, for services to public health
  • Raoul Ruparel, for political and public service
  • William Vereker, for political and public service

MBE

  • David Beckingham, for political and public service.
  • Clare Brunton, for public service
  • Eleanor Nicholson, for public service
  • Jennifer Sharkey, for political and public service

BEM

  • Graham Howarth, for public service
  • Debra Wheatley, for public service

Peerages

  • The Rt Hon Gavin Barwell
  • David Brownlow Cvo Dl
  • Stephen Parkinson
  • Joanna Penn
  • Elizabeth Sanderson
  • Sir Simon Woolley
  • Ruth Hunt
  • Zameer Choudrey Cbe
  • (Henry) Byron Davies
  • Raminder Ranger Cbe
  • Christine Blower
  • John Hendy Qc
  • Councillor Debbie Wilcox
  • Natalie Bennett
  • John Mann Mp
  • Margaret Ritchie
  • Harold Carter Cb
  • The Rt Hon Lady Justice Hallett
  • Sir (Nigel) Kim Darroch KCMG

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