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Mundell and Botham among 10 new trade envoys

Batting for Britain: David Mundell and Lord (Ian) Botham

Former Scottish Secretary David Mundell and the one-time England cricketer Ian Botham are among 10 trade envoys appointed by Boris Johnson to promote Britain around the world.

Mr Mundell has been appointed to New Zealand while Lord Botham gets to test his business skills against his cricketing prowess by being appointed envoy to his former foe Australia.

International trade secretary Liz Truss tweeted that the former all-rounder would “bat for UK business down under”, adding that the trade envoys would play a “key role” in delivering the government’s “ambitious global trade agenda”.

Trade envoys are a network of parliamentarians drawn from across the political spectrum, who are appointed by the prime minister. They are unpaid, voluntary roles.

They engage with markets where substantial trade and investment opportunities have been identified by UK government. The government already has envoys in more than 60 countries.

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