Cotswold billionaire, Sir Anthony Bamford, to be made a House of Lords peer

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A COTSWOLD billionaire is one of 30 people who have been given a seat in the House of Lords after being granted a peerage.

JCB boss Sir Anthony Bamford, who lives with his family in the village of Daylesford, has been made a Conservative peer after years of making generous donations to the party.

Sir Anthony, who is chairman and managing director of family firm JCB, was recently commissioned by the government to prepare a report on UK manufacturing and has been described by a Tory source as a “leading industrialist who has made a massive contribution to British business”.

However, many members of the opposition parties have criticised Mr Bamford’s appointment claiming that his peerage comes as a thank you for reportedly donating £5million to the Conservatives.

Labour MP Steve McCabe said: “It’s another example of the Prime Minister standing up for his wealthy donor friends while families see their living standards fall.”

Justice Campaigner Doreen Lawrence and James Palumbo, the head of the Ministry of Sound, were also included on the list of working peers.

A spokesman for JCB said: “Sir Anthony is looking forward to making a positive contribution on key business and industry issues, particularly in relation to manufacturing, engineering and exporting.”

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6:32am Sat 31 Aug 13

Olly Cromwell says...

Epitomises everything that is wrong with how privilege and favour can be 'bought' in Gloucestershire.
Epitomises everything that is wrong with how privilege and favour can be 'bought' in Gloucestershire. Olly Cromwell

8:10am Tue 3 Sep 13

bobirving says...

The Bamfords have also made an impact on the lives of the people of Palestine through selling the Israelis armoured bulldozers with which to destroy their houses.
The Bamfords have also made an impact on the lives of the people of Palestine through selling the Israelis armoured bulldozers with which to destroy their houses. bobirving

6:51pm Tue 3 Sep 13

Crispin Mount says...

Let's just say Mr Bamford's money will be most welcome to Chancellor George Osborne when he shows up in Cirencester next Thursday 12th September 4.30pm-6.30pm for Tory rally.

£25 ticket includes a free drink with Gideon....the sneer is extra.
Let's just say Mr Bamford's money will be most welcome to Chancellor George Osborne when he shows up in Cirencester next Thursday 12th September 4.30pm-6.30pm for Tory rally. £25 ticket includes a free drink with Gideon....the sneer is extra. Crispin Mount

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