Theresa May talks Boycott and brownies at the cricket

Written by James Millar on 8 September 2017 in Diary

Opponents criticised the Prime Minister for talking about Hurricane Irma on Test Match Special rather than helping Caribbean islands

Prime Minister Theresa May has revealed her favourite cricketer and celebrity chef and talked about the weather during a Test Match Special interview.

Taking part in the 'View from the Boundary' segment of the long running sports commentary she discussed conditions in the Caribbean where Hurricane Irma is wreaking havoc. She also talked about the election result and dismissed accusations that she's 'robotic'. 

Test Match Special anchor Jonathan Agnew conducted the interview and he served up some tricky deliveries for the cricket loving PM including quizzing her about the incident earlier in the year when she was pictured holding hands with President Donald Trump. She explained: "We were walking along, he said there was a ramp around the corner and it might be difficult walking down it so to take his arm. And then when we got to the top of the ramp he took my hand, just for going down the ramp and then that was it... I think it was to assist."

May was at Lord's with her husband Philip for the third and final test between England and the West Indies. She was pictured talking to Homeland and James Bond actor Damian Lewis in the VIP seats. However poor weather meant she only saw about 30 minutes of action. Starting the interview talking about the weather she added: "At least we're not in the Caribbean". She was due to return to Downing Street after the interview to chair a Cobra committee meeting on the hurricane and to co-ordinate the UK response. A number of Commonwealth countries and UK dependencies in the Caribbean have been struck by superstorm.

However the Lib Dems criticised her for taking time out. Orkney MP Alistair Carmichael said: "Whilst she watches the cricket the death toll rises in the Caribbean. The government's response to this crisis was reckless. We knew this storm was coming yet failed to make adequate preparations."

May admitted she had to take responsibility for the general election result but said she found accusations she lacked the human touch 'frustrating'. "I don't think I'm in the least bit robotic," she added.

Guests on Test Match Special traditionally supply cakes to the commentary team and the PM was no exception. She brought brownies cooked to a Nigel Slater recipe but she claimed to have delivered goodies to the commentary box on another occasion only for them to be snaffled by Geoffrey Boycott whom she said "still has my tupperware."

But even that misdemeanour by the controversial cricketer who recently had to apologise for comments about 'blacking up' and who was convicted by a French court in 1998 for beating a former partner has not put the PM off the player she claims is her favourite.

Asked why she was a fan of former England opener notorious for his dull playing style May explained: "The whole point was he stuck at it. He had a plan and he got on with it, and more often than not he delivered."



The PM is not the only politician to have been at Lord's this week. Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage was in London for the first day of the test match.

Hear the full interview with the PM here


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