Theresa May gives Brexit negotiator knighthood in farewell honours

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Theresa May has recognised key political aides and her sporting hero Sir Geoffrey Boycott in her resignation honours list.

Ex-Brexit negotiator, Olly Robbins, who helped form Mrs May's three-times rejected Brexit deal, will receive a knighthood.

Also featured on the 60-strong list is Sir Kim Darroch, who was forced to resign as ambassador to the United States after falling out with the Trump administration. He is to be made a life peer and will sit as a non-party crossbencher.

In other appointments, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick becomes a dame, and Ruth Hunt, the ex-chief executive of Stonewall, is made a crossbench life peer.

Every departing Prime Minister is entitled to draw up a list, which must be approved by the Cabinet Office.

However, the inclusion of Sir Geoffrey has caused a stir, with the former cricketer convicted in France in 1998 of beating his then-girlfriend in a hotel.

Domestic abuse campaigners are unhappy with the move, with co-acting chief executive of Women's Aid, Adina Claire, calling his inclusion "very disappointing".

But Sir Geoffrey said he "couldn't give a toss" about criticism of his knighthood.

A source close to Mrs May said the list recognised the people who had made "a significant contribution to public life" during her political career.

The Lord Speaker, Lord Fowler, said May's list was "substantially smaller" than those drawn up by predecessors, helping to reduce the size of the House of Lords.

"I hope that the current Prime Minister continues this policy of restraint," he added.

Theresa May's resignation honours: The full list

Sir Patrick McLoughlin MP

George Hollingberry MP

Oliver Robbins

David Lidington MP

Peter Storr

Cressida Dick

Charles Walker MP

Geoffrey Boycott

Ashley Fox

Robbie Gibb

Andrew Strauss

Ehud Sheleg

Peter Hill

(David) Jackson Carlaw MSP

Ian Gallen

Fiona Hill

Richard Jackson

Brandon Lewis MP

James Marshall

James Slack

Julian Smith MP

Nicholas Timothy

Kirsty Buchanan

Victoria Busby

Keelan Carr

Alexander Dawson

Philip Dumville

Paul Harrison

Caroline Haughey

Seema Kennedy MP

Matilda Macattram

James McLoughlin

Dr Deborah Milligan

Raoul Ruparel

William Vereker

David Beckingham

Clare Brunton

Eleanor Nicholson

Jennifer Sharkey

Graham Howarth

Debra Wheatley

Gavin Barwell

David Brownlow

Stephen Parkinson

Joanna Penn

Elizabeth Sanderson

Sir Simon Woolley

Ruth Hunt

Zameer Choudrey

(Henry) Byron Davies

Raminder Ranger

Christine Blower

John Hendy

Councillor Debbie Wilcox

Natalie Bennett

John Mann MP

Margaret Ritchie

Harold Carter

Lady Justice Hallett

Sir (Nigel) Kim Darroch