5 controversial names on Theresa May's resignation honours list

Theresa May makes a final speech outside 10 Downing Street before visiting Queen Elizabeth II to officially resign as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on 24 July, 2019 in London,...

Theresa May has given honours and peerages to a total of 57 people.

Theresa May has sparked controversy with some of the names she has included in her resignation honours list. The former Prime Minister has published her resignation honours list and has been accused of insider favouritism.

The vast majority of Mrs May's nominations are close allies within the political sphere. Some of her inclusions have prompted a backlash from political commentators, social media users and others.

Here, we take a look at five of the most controversial names included on Mrs May's resignation honours list.

Geoffrey Boycott

Geoffrey Boycott looks on before the 2nd Natwest Test match between England and Pakistan at Headingley cricket ground on June 1, 2018 in Leeds, England.

Geoffrey Boycott was included in Mrs May's list for services to sport. The former England cricket captain played the sport across three decades (spanning from the 1960s through to the 1980s) and he scored 8114 runs in Test Match cricket - a tally which puts him sixth on the all-time list of English batsmen.

But off the field, he has attracted widespread attention for a domestic violence charge. In 1998, Mr Boycott was convicted of beating his then-girlfriend Margaret Moore in France and he was handed a three-month suspended sentence.

Mr Boycott's inclusion in the resignation honours has prompted many to question Mrs May's decision - especially after she introduced a Domestic Abuse Bill to parliament earlier this year. This led to calls from Labour and domestic abuse charities for Mr Boycott's honour to be rescinded.

But in an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today programme (via BBC News), Mr Boycott says he "doesn't give a toss" about criticism of his knighthood.

Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill

Theresa May's advisers Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill are pictured outside Conservative Party Headquaters on June 9, 2017 in London, England. After a snap election was called the United...

Mrs May has given CBEs to Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill - two former advisers. Their tenure ended in controversy after the Conservatives' disastrous results in the 2017 snap election. Both left their jobs over alleged accusations of a bullying culture during their time in office.

Mr Timothy and Ms Hill have both shouldered some blame for running a poor election campaign in 2017. And given the severity of the bullying accusations, which forced them both to quit, Mrs May's decision to award them CBEs has been met with ubiquitous backlash.

Robbie Gibb

Robbie Gibb, Theresa May's director of communications arrives in Downing Street on May 24, 2019 in London, England. The prime minister will meet Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922...

Mrs May clearly didn't think back to David Cameron's resignation honours list when nominating her Director of Communications Robbie Gibb for a knighthood. After Mr Gibb was awarded a knighthood, Mrs May's old quotes have been dug out of the archives.

When Mr Cameron included Craig Oliver - his Director of Communications - on his resignation honours list, Mrs May made a joke about it. Recalling a story about him "retching violently" when he heard the EU referendum result, Mrs May added that she also experienced that sensation when she saw Mr Oliver's name on the honours list.

Kim Darroch

British Ambassador to the U.S. Sir Kim Darroch presents award during

Among the peerage awards handed out by Mrs May is Kim Darroch, who rose to prominence in July 2019. He was the UK's ambassador to Washington but a leaked telegram where Mr Darroch criticised Donald Trump prompted him to tender his resignation.

Mr Darroch used secret cables (reported by The Mail) to describe the Trump administration as "inept" and "uniquely dysfunctional". The President of the United States reacted furiously, calling the diplomat "wacky" and a "very stupid guy". Mr Darroch, who was publicly backed by Mrs May and Jeremy Corbyn but not by Boris Johnson, will now be a cross-party peer.

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