Former Stonewall chief appointed to House of Lords

Theresa May's resignation honours list includes making Ruth Hunt a crossbench life peer, but a knighthood for former cricketer Geoffrey Boycott is criticised by women's charities

Ruth Hunt
Ruth Hunt

Ruth Hunt, former chief executive of Stonewall, has been appointed to the House of Lords by the former Prime Minister Theresa May.

In the Prime Minister’s resignation honours and peerages, announced today, Hunt, who stepped down from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights charity in August, was made a crossbench life peer.

Hunt was at Stonewall for 14 years, spending the last five of them as chief executive having worked her way through the ranks from senior policy officer.

Jan Gooding, chair of Stonewall, said: "I know that her collaborative and intelligent approach will add huge value in the House of Lords.

"Ruth’s 14 years at the charity has been marked by extraordinary progress in our mission to build acceptance for LGBT people, much of which she is responsible for."

All Prime Ministers are allowed to make a number of nominations for appointments to the House of Lords and for individuals to receive honours when they leave office. May departed 10 Downing Street this summer.

Sir Simon Woolley, founder and director of Operation Black Vote, was also appointed a crossbench life peer.

The domestic violence charity Women’s Aid criticised the award of a knighthood to the former cricketer Geoffrey Boycott, who was convicted of domestic abuse in France in 1998. He has always denied the allegations.

Adina Claire, co-acting chief executive of Women’s Aid, said: "Celebrating a man who was convicted for assaulting his partner sends a dangerous message: that domestic abuse is not taken seriously as a crime."

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