Neville-Rolfe and Bamford become peers

JCB chairman Sir Anthony Bamford and Dame Lucy Neville-Rolfe, the former executive director of Tesco’s corporate and legal affairs department and Dobbies garden centre chairman, are to become working peers in the House of Lords.

Neville-Rolfe said she will seek to cut legislation surrounding big retailers: "My contribution is around 15-and-a-half years in business and a career before that in government and public policy."

"I have a passion for simplicity and understanding the impact of what government is doing on consumers and business; how legislation can affect people. I have a huge interest in business issues and am keen to bring that to the table."

Bamford has been outspoken on the need for the Government to champion manufacturing in the UK, commissioning a report in 2012 on the subject which was sent directly to David Cameron, the Prime Minister.

A JCB representative said: "Sir Anthony feels honoured to have been invited to serve in the House of Lords as a working peer. He 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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