Cameron: ‘Second greatest Yorkshireman’ Geoffrey Boycott will teach my son cricket

16 April 2015 .......       David Cameron on the election trail during a visit to the Yorkshire Post offices in Leeds. TJ100799h Picture Tony Johnson
16 April 2015 ....... David Cameron on the election trail during a visit to the Yorkshire Post offices in Leeds. TJ100799h Picture Tony Johnson

Yorkshire cricketer Geoffrey Boycott has offered to teach David Cameron’s son to play cricket after the two men met in Parliament.

Mr Cameron has told The Yorkshire Post he is keen to take up an offer made to nine-year-old Elwyn after Mr Boycott attend the last Prime Minister’s Questions session of Parliament.

The Prime Minister sparked some debate last year when, during a conference speech, he described Richmond Conservative William Hague as “the greatest living Yorkshireman”.

Asked during a visit to this newspaper’s Leeds office who his second nomination for that title would be, Mr Cameron said: “Well, I upset him so much with that comment, that I will have to say it is Geoffrey Boycott.

“At the last Prime Minister’s Question time I saw Geoffrey, he was there in the Commons, and he offered to give my son a cricket lesson. I had to explain to Elwyn, who is only a wee nipper, just how important this man he was talking to is. It is quite interesting to explain to nine-year-old about this, because I grew up with

Geoffrey Boycott, I remember watching those extraordinary innings and was trying to explain to my boy, who knows a little about Alastair Cook and James Anderson and stuff, just how massive this guy was. He promised him a lesson, I will make good. on that.”

Mr Cameron went on to add another name to the list of greatest Yorkshirmen.

“I think we have to say that Gary Verity is up there as well, close behind. He has come up fast with his recent past, he has been a great success.”

Mr Verity was the driving force behind efforts to bring the Tour de France to Yorkshire.