Sir Ian Botham ‘set to be made a peer for backing Brexit’

Boris Johnson is to mark his first year in Downing Street by rewarding Brexit supporters – including Sir Ian Botham – with life peerages, it has been reported.

The former England cricketer is among 30 new peers to be announced later this month, according to The Times.

The list is said also to include four ex-Labour MPs – including Frank Field and Gisela Stuart – who both supported Brexit in the 2016 referendum.

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File photo dated 03/05/2016 of former Mayor of London, Boris Johnson (left) talking to Sir Ian Botham, prior to a knock-about during a visit to Chester Le Street Cricket Club in County Durham, as part of his tour on the Vote Leave campaign bus. The former England cricketer is among 30 new peers to be announced later this month, according to The Times.
Sir Ian Botham ahead of day four of the fourth Ashes Test at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester.
England's Gary Ballance chats with Sir Ian Botham before the start of play during day two of the Ashes Test match at the Melbourne Circket Ground, Melbourne.
Sir Ian Botham, with his 'football' golf ball on the 13th green during day two of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at Carnoustie Golf Links.
Undated handout photo issued by Beefy's Foundation of Sir Ian Botham pictured in Cape Town, South Africa.
Sir Ian Botham during the Pro-AM tournament at Wentworth Club, Windsor.
Shane Warne (left), Andy Sullivan and Sir Ian Botham (right) during the Pro-AM tournament at Wentworth Club, Windsor.
Undated handout photo issued by Beefy's Foundation of Sir Ian Botham pictured in Cape Town, South Africa.
Former players Shane Warne (left) and Sir Ian Botham during day one of the Fifth Investec Ashes Test at The Oval, London.
Sir Ian Botham during the Pro-Am at the 2015 BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Golf Club, Surrey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 20, 2015. See PA story GOLF Wentworth. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire RESTRICTIONS Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Sir Ian Botham reaches the summit of the Clent Hills, south of Birmingham today as he continues his Great British Walk.
Cricket legend Sir Ian Botham (left) and Celtic manager Neil Lennon walk in Drumpellier Country Park, Coatbridge, during the first leg of Sir Ian's 14th charity walk, in support of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Former cricketer Sir Ian Botham, as he prepares to start the the first leg of his 14th charity walk, in support of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, from Glasgow.
Former cricketer Sir Ian Botham, holds Rebecca Foley, five, who is in remission from Acute Myeloid Leukaemia and Ben Magee, five, who has acute Lymphoplastic Leukaemia, as he prepares to start the the first leg of his 14th charity walk, in support of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, from Glasgow.
Sir Ian Botham (left) and Andrew Flintoff following the thanksgiving service for Graham Dilley at Worcester Cathedral, Worcester.
Sir Ian Botham in Hyde Park, London with Joe Smale, 12, from Chiswick who is being treated for Leukaemia for the second time, after completing the final leg of his 10 day nationwide Forget-Me-Not walk in aid of Leukaemia Research.
Sir Ian Botham in Hyde Park, London after completing the final leg of his 10 day nationwide Forget-Me-Not walk in aid of Leukaemia Research, marking 25 years of his campaign for the charity.
Conservative Party leader David Cameron is reflected in the sunglasses of Sir Ian Botham as he joins him in his latest charity walk in Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield.
Conservative Party leader David Cameron joins Sir Ian Botham in his latest charity walk in Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield.
Sir Ian Botham by the river Teith in Scotland, on the first day of Stirling Council's 2010 salmon fishing season.
STANDALONE PHOTO Sir Ian Botham fishes on the river Teith in Scotland, on the first day of Stirling Council's 2010 salmon fishing season.
Cricket legend Sir Ian Botham in London, to launch 'Beefy's Great Forget Me Not Walk'.
England's captain Andrew Strauss speaks to Sir Ian Botham
England's Andrew Flintoff shares a joke with Sir Ian Botham (right) before the start of day five during the third test at the Antigua Recreation Ground, St Johns, Antigua.
Sir Ian Botham tests the the wicket before the third test at the Antigua Recreation Ground, St Johns, Antigua.
Sir Ian Botham, 52, receives his Honorary Doctorate in Sports Science from Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds.
Sky Sports presenter Sir Ian Botham
Sir Ian Botham, from Richmond, is made a Knight of the British Empire by The Queen at Buckingham Palace, for services to Charity and to Cricket.
England and Somerset cricket legend Sir Ian Botham poses with his grandson James, 9, after he received his knighthood from the Queen at Buckingham Palace, London.
England and Somerset cricket legend Sir Ian Botham (centre) poses with two Yeoman of the Guard after he received his knighthood from the Queen at Buckingham Palace, London.
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There will be peerages also for Ian Austin and John Woodcock, who backed Remain but who supported Mr Johnson's Brexit deal and urged Labour voters not to support Jeremy Corbyn, the paper said.

At the same time, it was reported that Mr Johnson will seek to heal the divisions in the Conservative Party with peerages for Ken Clarke, Philip Hammond and Ed Vaizey.

All three had the Tory whip withdrawn after seeking to block his efforts to reach an agreement with Brussels.

Sir Ian – one of England's greatest cricketers with 5,200 test runs and 383 wickets – publicly supported the Brexit campaign, appearing alongside Mr Johnson before the referendum.

There was no immediate comment from Downing Street.

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