Ian Botham appointed UK Trade Ambassador to Australia | International exchange
Former England cricketer and crossbench peer Ian Botham has been appointed UK trade ambassador to Australia, the government said.
He is one of 10 parliamentarians who have been given a new trade envoy role, bringing the total number of MPs and peers in unpaid trade ambassadorial roles to 36.
In a tweet welcoming the appointment, International Trade Secretary Liz Truss said Botham would “beat for business down” and help companies seize the opportunities created by the free trade agreement with Australia agreed this summer.
Botham is popular with Boris Johnson and his ministers because of his strong support for Brexit and he was listed on the charts last summer. He is considered one of England’s greatest cricketers and is well known in Australia, not least because he is credited with almost single-handedly defeating his team on the Ashes tour of 1981.
Truss said the 10 new trade envoys will help expand business opportunities in some of the world’s fastest growing markets.
She added, “By boosting exports, promoting foreign investment and creating high-value, well-paying jobs, our trade envoys will help us to rebuild better from Covid-19, ensuring that every part of the UK Uni benefits from our commercial strategy. “
According to the Department for International Trade, in 2020-2021, trade envoys supported more than £ 16 billion in UK exports as part of the department’s export promotion work.
Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, the head of the DUP, has been appointed trade envoy to Cameroon. He is already serving as a trade envoy to Egypt.
Former Labor MP Kate Hoey, who sits in the House of Lords as an unaffiliated peer and who, like Botham, was a leading supporter of Brexit in the 2016 referendum, has been appointed as a trade envoy to Ghana.
John Woodcock, another former Labor MP who is part of the Lords as an unaffiliated peer, has been appointed trade envoy to Tanzania.
The other six MPs who have been appointed trade envoys are Conservatives David Mundell (New Zealand), Conor Burns (Canada), Mark Eastwood (Pakistan), Marco Longhi (Brazil) and Felicity Buchan (Iceland and Norway), and Stephen Timms of Labor. (Switzerland and Liechtenstein).