Theresa May jumps 26-year waiting list as MCC membership fast-tracked

Christopher Hope
Theresa May reacts as she adjusts her radio during the third cricket test between England and the West Indies last September - 2017 Philip Brown

Lifelong cricket fan Theresa May has been elected a member of the Marylebone Cricket Club which owns Lord’s cricket ground, The Telegraph can disclose.

Normally members have to wait 26 years to join the most famous cricket club in the world. Mrs May had to wait only a few months after the club fast-tracked her application.

Mrs May's application was supported by two Tory predecessors in 10 Downing Street David Cameron and Sir John Major. A friend said: "She is a lifelong fan. She is very pleased with the news."

Mrs May’s application was fast-tracked – as it was for Sir John Major when he became a member – and approved by the MCC’s committee last week.

The news has emerged on the second day between England and Pakistan at Lord's cricket ground in north London.

Henry Blofeld at Lord's last September Credit:  Mark Kerton/ Action Plus via Getty Images

Henry Blofeld, a MCC member for 60 years and the former Radio 4 Test Match Special commentator, said there were no issues with Mrs May's application being fast-tracked.

He said: “Prime Ministers really ought to be able to jump the queue if they want to. I think female membership is important to the MCC and I think it is a great move on every possible account.”

A spokesman for the MCC said: “The Prime Minister’s nomination for membership was considered in accordance with MCC’s Rules, which allow for a limited number of Candidates for membership to be elected out of turn.

“An ardent cricket fan and passionate supporter of the game, Mrs May visited Lord’s last year for the West Indies Test match, appearing on BBC’s Test Match Special and receiving a cheque on behalf of the British Red Cross, in aid of the Hurricane relief effort.

Gerald Corbett, the MCC’s club chairman, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Prime Minister as a Member of MCC and look forward to seeing her at the Ground for many years to come.”