Minister trolled for appointing MP as trade envoy after Ian Botham announcement

A Tory minister has been trolled online after appointing a former Scottish Secretary as trade envoy for New Zealand.

Trade Secretary Liz Truss took to social media this morning to announce that David Mundell, Tory MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, would be the UK’s new representative for the Pacific nation.

It came after Truss revealed that England cricket legend and Brexit supporter Sir Ian Botham would be the UK’s new trade envoy for Australia.

Many questioned the decision asking why someone with no experience in trade was given such a role.

Following the announcement of the cricketer Truss took to Twitter to reveal Mundell was heading up the mission in New Zealand.

She tweeted: “Delighted @DavidMundellDCT is to be our trade envoy to New Zealand.”

Gary Graham took to Twitter to troll the Trade Secretary

Mundell also tweeted his delight, saying: “Delighted to have been appointed UK Trade Envoy to New Zealand. So many strong links already between the UK, Scotland and my own constituency with New Zealand.

“Looking forward to building on them and fostering new export and investment opportunities.”

People took to Twitter soon after Truss’ tweet to ask why other celebrities weren’t picked for envoy roles – and some of the suggestions were brilliant.

Gregg Stephenson wrote: “Was Alan McInally not available?”

Gary Graham added: “Frank McAvennie is busy opening a garden centre.”

Gregg Stephenson asked why Alan McInally wasn't available for the role
Gregg Stephenson asked why Alan McInally wasn’t available for the role

Twitter user @polytixs asked: “Was Shane Richie not available?”

@Brexitview commented: “Graham Gooch wasn’t available.”

Daniel Clements wrote: “Surprised it isn’t @IanMcKellen. Maybe he did not pass.”

Botham, now a member of the House of Lords, was one of 10 new trade envoys who will help push Britain’s post-Brexit plans in countries around the world.

“Ian will bat for UK business Down Under and help them seize the opportunities created by our historic trade deal,” Truss said on Twitter.

Britain and Australia announced a free trade deal in June which London said would eliminate tariffs on all British goods.

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