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Good Lord! Priti Patel bumps 45,000 to become a lifelong member of the exclusive Marylebone Cricket Club

  • The Minister of the Interior took advantage of the offer to jump over the notoriously long waiting list
  • Most have waited 20 years for the right to walk into Lord’s pavilion and watch Test cricket
  • To help cover up to $ 30 million in lost income from Covid, MCC this summer offered lifetime membership to existing annual members and those on the waiting list, such as Ms. Patel

Priti Patel has spent tens of thousands of pounds to join one of the world’s most exclusive sports clubs, the MCC.

The Mail on Sunday may reveal that the Home Secretary paid 45,000 to join the Marylebone Cricket Club.

She took advantage of an offer to jump the notoriously long waiting list and take on the membership for life.

People usually wait more than 20 years for the right to walk into the Lord’s pavilion and watch Test cricket.

Priti Patel has spent tens of thousands of pounds to join one of the world’s most exclusive sports clubs, the MCC. The Mail on Sunday may reveal that the Home Secretary paid 45,000 to join the Marylebone Cricket Club. (She can be seen above at Lord’s cricket ground in 2018)

Ms. Patel has taken advantage of an offer to jump the notoriously long waiting list and take on membership for life.  People usually wait more than 20 years for the right to walk into the Lord's pavilion and watch Test cricket

Ms. Patel has taken advantage of an offer to jump the notoriously long waiting list and take on membership for life. People usually wait more than 20 years for the right to walk into the Lord’s pavilion and watch Test cricket

But to help cover $ 30 million in lost revenue due to the virus crisis, the MCC decided this summer to offer lifelong membership to existing annual members and waiting list candidates, such as Ms. Patel.

A source close to the Home Secretary, 48, confirmed that Ms. Patel, who has been on the waiting list for ‘several years’, has taken up the offer.

The source said, “As a lifelong cricket fan and at a difficult time for the sport, Priti has joined MCC as a lifelong member.”

He waved off any suggestion from the MCC to “chase her” for the money, saying that Ms. Patel is a “very busy woman.”

Lifetime membership is being sold on a gradual scale, with younger applicants paying more than older people for the right to wear the club’s egg and bacon tie.

However, Ms Patel’s move has surprised some fellow MEPs. One said, “Since this damn virus crisis means there might not be much live cricket at Lord’s for a while, that’s quite a bit of money to pay out.”

Another added, “To be fair, I didn’t realize Priti was interested in cricket.”

Bumping into another member may be a bit of a clumsy former Prime Minister Theresa May.  Ms. May (above, at Lord's in 2019), who joined two years ago after her application was expedited, fired her as a secretary for international development in 2017 when Ms. Patel was accused of not disclosing all the details of her encounters with political figures during a trip to Israel

Bumping into another member can be a little awkward former Prime Minister Theresa May. Ms. May (above, at Lord’s in 2019), who joined two years ago after her application was expedited, fired her as a secretary for international development in 2017 when Ms. Patel was accused of not disclosing all the details of her encounters with political figures during a trip to Israel

It means she will be partnering with other famous MCC members, including Sir Mick Jagger, Prince Charles and Captain Sir Tom Moore, who was awarded an honorary membership in May following his heroic fundraiser.

But running into another member can be a bit of a clumsy former Prime Minister Theresa May.

Ms. May, who joined two years ago after her application was hastened, fired her as international development secretary in 2017 when Ms. Patel was accused of not disclosing full details of encounters she had with political figures while on a trip to Israel.

The scandal seemed to have wiped out Miss Patel’s career until she was brought back by Mrs. May’s successor in No. 10, Boris Johnson.

Future MCC members must be proposed and seconded by existing members and must be ‘vetted’.

Last month, reports reported that the life membership move had covered the club’s Covid-related losses by bringing in 30 million in the summer.

However, some members are believed to have protested that the move bypassed tradition for commercial gain.

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