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Britain names former Australian PM Abbott as trade adviser

LONDON, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Britain named former Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, as an adviser to its Board of Trade on Friday, rejecting complaints from critics that his conservative views about women and gay people made him unfit to represent the United Kingdom.

“The new Board of Trade will play an important role in helping Britain make the case for free and fair trade across the UK and around the world,” Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss, said in a statement.

Britain’s Board of Trade was relaunched in 2017 to champion export and inward investment after Brexit. It is supported by leading figures from the world of politics and business who act as advisers. (Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by Stephen Addison)

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