Ex-cricketer Ian Botham makes his first appearance with various Lords when he is officially introduced as a peer
- Cricket star Ian Botham has an induction ceremony as a peer of the House of Lords
- Boris Johnson nominated Ian Botham to his dissolution list in August
- Technical problems meant delays and Lord Speaker joked, "I think the rain has stopped playing."
English cricket hero Ian Botham makes his first appearance in the House of Lords.
Lord Botham wore the traditional scarlet and ermine-trimmed robe as a peer for his brief formal induction ceremony.
The Brexit supporter, who was more used to the surroundings of Lords Cricket Ground, swore an oath of allegiance to the Queen during the ceremony.
Lord Botham wore the traditional scarlet and ermine-trimmed robe as a peer for his brief formal induction ceremony
Technical problems delayed the start of the process and Lord Speaker Lord Fowler told his peers, "There are no words outside the house at the moment, which is a minor drawback"
After consulting with staff, Lord Fowler groaned and laughed, saying, "I think the rain has stopped playing for the moment."
They continued with the introductions, with Lord Botham assisted by Tory Peer Lord Price and former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales Lord Judge, an independent crossbencher.
The clerk referred to him as Baron Botham of Ravensworth, his home village, but he will be known as Lord Botham.
Lord Botham told the Chamber: “I, Ian Lord Botham, swear by Almighty God that I will be faithful and remain loyal to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and her successors according to the law. May God help me. & # 39;
He will sit as a non-party political crossbench peer.
The Brexit supporter, who was more used to the surroundings of Lords Cricket Ground, swore an oath of allegiance to the Queen during the ceremony
In August, Boris Johnson nominated 36 new colleagues to his dissolution list – including Lord Botham.
The list, which included Prime Minister's brother Jo Johnson and newspaper owner Evgeny Lebedev, sparked allegations of “cronyism” and failure to comply with efforts to reduce the number of colleagues in parliament.
Lord Botham had a brilliant cricket career and became one of England's leading wicket takers in Tests. He is also known for his TV and charity work.
Tory Peer Lord Moylan was also introduced on Monday.
As Mayor of London, he was Boris Johnson's airport advisor.