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Senior business figures made life peers

Matt McAllister

Senior names from the world of business have been named as working life peers by Britain’s political parties

The list includes such figures as Dame Neville-Rolfe, the former executive director of Tesco’s corporate and legal affairs department, and Sir Anthony Bamford, the chairman of JCB. Both will become Conservative peers.

Other peers from the world of business include Howard Leigh, senior partner at advisory firm Cavendish Corporate Finance; Rumi Verjee, who brought the Dominos chain to the UK; the former chief executive of ITV, Sir Charles Allen; and James Palumbo, the chairman and co founder of Ministry of Sound.

Dame Neville-Rolfe said she wanted to bring her interest in business issues to her new role, while a JCB spokesman said Sir Anthony Bamford “is looking forward to making a positive contribution on key business and industry issues, particularly in relation to manufacturing, engineering and exporting.”

However, there is some controversy over the fact that some of the names on the list have made big donations to political parties.

The nominees, which also include campaigners and journalists, will be ennobled later in the year.


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