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Sir John Major

Former Prime Minister Sir John Major has cited “fundamental disagreements” over the redevelopment of Lord’s for his resignation

Former Prime Minster Sir John Major has resigned from the MCC’s committee due to “fundamental disagreements” over the planned redevelopment of Lord’s.

The MCC last month agreed to redevelop the home of cricket on a stand-by-stand basis. Several options were put forward by the MCC’s ground working party and considered by the committee before a decision was made to carry out the work in stages and on the club’s freehold land only.

This evening a club statement read: “MCC has today accepted with great reluctance the resignation from the club's committee of Sir John Major because of fundamental disagreements over the direction of policy on the Vision for Lord’s, the manner in which decisions have been reached, and their wider implications for the club.

Major, a Conservative PM from 1990 to 1997, said in the statement: “For me cricket has been a lifelong and enduring passion and it will remain so. The solace the game has given me in good times and bad, the friendships I have made, and the sheer joy of the game will never fade.

“My decision to resign from the committee of the world's pre-eminent cricket club has been reached with very great sadness and I wish other members of the committee well in their future deliberations.”

The statement concluded: “MCC has expressed grateful thanks to Sir John for his substantial contributions during three terms on the committee.”

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