Tony Abbott

Abbott is 'a wrong appointment on every level', says Thornberry

The controversial former Australian PM has been appointed to the UK’s new-look Board of Trade.

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Controversial former Australian PM Tony Abbott appointed UK trade envoy

Campaign groups, politicians and celebrities had been piling significant pressure on the government to block his appointment, pointing to allegations of homophobia and misogyny.

PM defends Tony Abbott amid pressure to block trade appointment

Labour said it would be ‘completely unacceptable’ to give him the job because of his ‘offensive and outdated’ views.