Domestic abuse victim Spice Girl Mel B blasts Sir Geoffrey Boycott’s knighthood


Spice Girl Mel B blasted Sir Geoffrey Boycott’s knighthood as the backlash to the cricket legend’s honour mounted.

Critics railed against the accolade after the England opening batsman’s 1998 conviction for beating his then girlfriend.

Leeds-born singer Melanie Brown branded him “a disgrace to Yorkshire”, saying she could not “believe he has been knighted, perpetrators of domestic abuse shouldn’t be held up as heroes EVER”.

Mel, 44, previously told show she was a victim of domestic violence, accusing her ex-husband Stephen Belafonte of subjecting her to “multiple physical beatings”.

“He placed both of his hands around my neck and began choking me,” said the star in court papers from 2017.

“He then slammed me down on to the hardwood floor.”

The allegations, dating back a decade, were furiously denied by her ex.


 

Controversy intensified after Boycott, 78, was handed the gong by Theresa May in her resignation honours list.

He was given a three-month suspended sentence and fined 50,000 francs (then £5,100) by a French court in January 1998 after being convicted of repeatedly punching then girlfriend Margaret Moore assault at a hotel in the south of France in October 1996.

Sir Geoffrey has always protested his innocence.

And former Tory leader Mrs May has previously gushed about the sporting legend, who responded by comparing her to Margaret Thatcher.

But the ex-Prime Minister was accused of betraying domestic violence victims after recognising Boycott as she doled out awards to flunkies, allies and loyalists.

Labour called for the honour to be axed.

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Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities Dawn Butler said: “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.”

Labour MP Louise Haigh dubbed him an “embarrassment to Yorkshire”

 

Shadow Policing Minister Lou Haigh, a Sheffield MP, dubbed him “an embarrassment to Yorkshire”.

Plaid Cymru’s Westminster leader Liz Saville Roberts also piled in, saying there was “no chivalry in knighthoods”.

She added: “Theresa May – why honour an unrehabilitated chauvinist while your Domestic Abuse Bill remains lost in prorogation limbo?”

The former PM had been celebrated for introducing the landmark Domestic Abuse Bill earlier this year.

The legislation failed to make it through Parliament before its suspension on Monday so will have be reintroduced when MPs return from their five-week break.

Women’s Aid’s also criticised the award, with acting chief executive Adina Claire accusing Mrs May of sending a “dangerous message” that “domestic abuse is not taken seriously as a crime”.

But, when asked about Ms Claire’s comments on BBC Radio 4, Yorkshireman Sir Geoffrey told host Martha Kearney: “I don’t care a toss about her, love.

“It’s 25 years ago, so you can take your political nature and do whatever you want with it.

“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.”

He also suggested he backed Brexit because he was convicted by a French court.

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Women’s Aid demanded a “Boycott Boycott” campaign following the former batsman’s car-crash radio appearance.

Margaret Moore former lover 20 January 1998 : of British cricket legend Geoffrey Boycott after being beaten by the The former Yorkshire and England . He is accused of beating Margaret Moore in the south of France on October 2, 1996. Geoffrey Boycott did not attend the trial.

 

A charity spokeswoman 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.”

However, fellow TMS commentator, and ex-England captain Michael Vaughan, from Sheffield, tweeted: “Sir @GeoffreyBoycott .. About bloody time.”

Sir Geoffrey was also hit by controversy in 2017 when he triggered racism claims after suggesting he would be more likely to be given a knighthood if he “blacked up”.

Gongs were given to West Indian cricketers “like confetti”, he said.

He made the controversial remarks during a question and answer session following a Test match between England and the West Indies at Edgbaston.

Ex girlfriend of Geoffrey Boycott after winning her case with pictures showing her bruised face which she claims were the result of a beating by Geoffrey Boycott

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“Mine’s been turned down twice,” Boycott told host Gary Newbon. “I’d better black me face.”

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Mrs May’s honours list also sparked uproar for rewarding her cronies and Tory donors.

But, quizzed about the row during a trip to a school, Boris Johnson ducked answering, saying: “That is a matter for the former Prime Minister.

“It is entirely up to her.

“A lot of people work very hard in this country, very selflessly, and it is important that they should be rewarded.

“That is why we have an honours system.

“But that particular list – definitely, matter for her.”





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