Arise, Sir Stuart! Tory MPs call for Ashes hero Stuart Broad to receive knighthood after England bowler announced retirement
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Tory MPs are clamouring for England cricket star Stuart Broad to be given a knighthood.
And The Mail on Sunday understands that the Prime Minister is ‘sympathetic’ to honouring the Ashes hero.
Mr Broad ended his glittering career last week in dramatic fashion by taking the final Australian wicket to ensure the close-fought Ashes series was drawn.
Now the 37-year-old bowler, who was made an MBE in 2016 for services to cricket, looks set for another honour.
Tory MPs are calling for him to become ‘Sir Stuart’, after chief whip Simon Hart tested the mood of backbenchers as they left for their summer break.
The Mail on Sunday understands that the Prime Minister is ‘sympathetic’ to honouring the Ashes hero
England’s Stuart Broad celebrates after taking the final wicket, that of Australia’s wicket keeper Alex Carey resulting in England’s victory on day five of the fifth Ashes cricket Test match
A party source said: ‘One of the things that people were most asking for was a knighthood for Broadie. He’s been an incredible servant for English cricket and cricket in general.’
Last night, James Daly, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cricket, said: ‘A knighthood would be richly deserved.’
Mr Broad announced in the middle of the final Ashes Test that he would be retiring from cricket at the end of the game.
A well-placed source has told The Mail on Sunday that Rishi Sunak, an avid cricket fan, is ‘very sympathetic’ to the idea of a knighthood. No10 declined to comment.
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