Geoffrey Boycott

Geoffrey Boycott defends domestic violence comments
Geoffrey Boycott said his knighthood had been "soured" by BBC Radio 4 "setting me up", to talk about domestic violence and "make publicity".

Geoffrey Boycott: MPs react to knighthood

Two of Yorkshire's MPs have reacted to the news that Geoffrey Boycott has been awarded a knighthood.

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Boycott was one of 57 names to whom Theresa May awarded knighthoods in her resignation honours list.

Sheffield Heeley's Labour MP Louise Haigh described him as an "embarrassment to Yorkshire" on Twitter.

But Conservative MP for Selby, Nigel Adams, said he was "delighted" for Mr Boycott.

Mr Adams said: "It's a great honour. Some would say it's been a long time coming. Today is about celebrating this wonderful honour. I'm so pleased for him."

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

Boycott has always denied the assault.

He has said he "couldn't give a toss" about criticism over Theresa May awarding him a knighthood.

Boycott 'doesn't give a toss' about knighthood criticism

Geoffrey Boycott has said he "couldn't give a toss" about criticism over Theresa May awarding him a knighthood in her resignation honours list.

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Domestic abuse charities criticised the move to honour the ex-England cricket captain, who was convicted of beating his girlfriend in France in 1998.

Boycott has always denied the assault.

Women's Aid's co-acting chief executive Adina Claire described the decision as "extremely disappointing" and said Mrs May was sending a "dangerous message".

Responding to the comments, Boycott said: "I don't give a toss about her, love. It was 25 years ago so you can take your political nature and do whatever you want with it.

"It's very difficult to prove your innocence in another country, in another language.

"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 true."