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Major accuses MCC leadership of "ditching" of $400m Vision for Lord's project

March 7, 2012 - London

British politician Sir John Major has launched a scathing attack in the ongoing row over the future development and governance at Lord's.

Major attacked the Marylebone Cricket Club President Phillip Hodson in a three- page letter, which accuses the leadership of "traducing" his reputation, of "totally misrepresenting" his position to members, of selecting "biased" committees to deliver a "predetermined outcome" in the "unceremonious ditching" of the 400 million dollar "Vision for Lord's" redevelopment.

"This episode has been damaging - the MCC purse, and our reputation. This is not the way our club should be run," The Telegraph quoted his letter, as saying.

Major's letter is remarkable for its tone, content and timing.

He also demanded that every committee member see his letter, which poses a severe challenge to the authority of Hodson, who has been instrumental in handling the fallout from his resignation.

Major's letter is a powerful weapon in the battle to win over members for those campaigning for reform of the MCC's governance in favour of incorporation.

The move comes after a key supporter of the 'Vision for Lord's' and wholesale reform at Lord's, Robert Griffiths QC, was re-elected to the committee.

This suggests that the members might be more concerned about the way the club has been managed than Hodson had previously acknowledged.


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