ENGLAND cricketing hero Sir Ian Botham was in Westminster to take part in a brief formal introduction ceremony as a peer in the House of Lords.

Mr Botham, who lives in Ravensworth between Darlington and Richmond, donned the traditional scarlet and ermine-trimmed robe and swore the oath of allegiance to the Queen as part of the ceremony.

Technical problems delayed the start of proceedings, with Lord Speaker Lord Fowler telling peers: “It means at the moment no words can be heard outside the House, which is a slight disadvantage.”

The House of Lords clerk referred to him as Baron Botham of Ravensworth, however he will be known as Lord Botham.

He will sit as a non-party political crossbench peer.

Tory peer Lord Moylan was also introduced on Monday.