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UK family business leader gets political appointment

The second-gen chair of JCB – a UK family business synonymous with the yellow diggers it manufacturers – has been appointed a peer of the House of Lords by the British government.
Anthony Bamford

The second-gen chair of JCB – a UK family business synonymous with the yellow diggers it manufacturers – has been appointed a peer of the House of Lords by the British government.

Sir Anthony Bamford, who was knighted for services to business in 1990, is among 30 new peers to join the upper house of the UK parliament.

He was appointed to the role by the UK Conservative party, to which his family and its company has donated a reported £2.5 million (€2.9 million).

JCB began in 1945, when Joseph Cyril Bamford made a farm trailer with a £1 welder from air-raid shelters. It now has 22 factories in five continents and 10,000 employees, and last year its revenue topped £2.7 billion.

Bamford will take his seat when the House of Lords returns from its summer recess in September.

Membership to the House of Lords used to be a birthright of hereditary peers, but now only 92 are hereditary out of the almost 800 peers. 

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