September 10, 2019
Sir Geoffrey Boycott has said he does not “give a toss” about criticism of his knighthood.
Geoffrey Boycott Couldnt Give A Toss Over Womens Aid 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.”"I couldn't give a toss"Newly knighted @GeoffreyBoycott responds to criticism by Women's Aid over a conviction for domestic abuse in 1998. He has always denied the assault, and told #r4Today: "I'm clear in my mind that it's not true"@MarthaKearney | https://t.co/NqPZQpkPd3pic.twitter.com/pFUQ7xpnWq— BBC Radio 4 Today (@BBCr4today) September 10, 2019Adina Claire, 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.
“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.”
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.A spokeswoman from the Woman’s Trust said: “It’s disappointing to see Geoffrey Boycott included in Theresa May’s honours list, given her vocal support for domestic abuse survivors and the Domestic Abuse Bill.
“While we welcome the recent Domestic Abuse Bill for its work to widen the definition of domestic abuse, the inclusion of Geoffrey Boycott in the honours list shows just how much our attitude as a society needs to change when it comes to supporting survivors.”
Shadow policing minister Louise Haigh, the MP for Sheffield Heeley, tweeted that Boycott was “an embarrassment to Yorkshire”.An embarrassment to Yorkshire #geoffreyboycotthttps://t.co/rtigmlgYzj— Louise Haigh MP (@LouHaigh) September 10, 2019Boycott, who has always denied the assault, was fined £5,000 and given a three-month suspended prison sentence over the attack.
Computer consultant Moore suffered bruising to her forehead and blackened eyes in the assault at the Hotel du Cap in Antibes in October 1996.
Boycott has accused her of putting a “stain on my name” and maintained her injuries were sustained through an accidental slip and fall.
But public prosecutor Jean-Yves Duval rejected Boycott’s claims, saying the injuries were “absolutely incompatible” with an accident and that the cricketer’s lawyer Jean-Luc Cardona did not stand up to examination.
Before she left Number 10 earlier this year, May introduced the Domestic Abuse Bill, which includes economic, controlling and coercive non-physical abuse as part of the legal definition of the crime for the first time.
The legislation would also establish a new domestic abuse commissioner, prohibit the cross-examination of victims by their abusers in family courts and beef up the powers available to courts to tackle perpetrators.
An estimated 1.3 million women and 695,000 men experienced domestic abuse from November 2017 to November 2018, according to the most recent figures from the Office for National Statistics.Related... 'The Images Were Used To Destroy My Life': Why Revenge Porn Needs To Be In The Domestic Abuse Bill Boris Johnson Must Tackle 'Damaging And Growing' Image-Based Domestic Abuse David Davis And John Humphrys Share 'Joke' About Man Punching His Wife Theresa May Gives Resignation Honours To 'Cronies' Behind Snap Election Blunder 'Geoffrey Boycott Has My Tupperware' And 5 Other Unlikely Quotes From PM's Test Match Interview If you, or someone you know, is in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police. If you are not in immediate danger, you can contact:The Freephone 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline (run in partnership by Women’s Aid and Refuge): 0808 2000 247In Scotland, contact Scotland’s 24 hour Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline: 0800 027 1234In Northern Ireland, contact the 24 hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline: 0808 802 1414In Wales, contact the 24 hour Life Fear Free Helpline on 0808 80 10 800.National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327Respect helpline (for anyone worried about their own behaviour): 0808 802 0321
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