Further to our  story yesterday that the only British company namechecked by David Cameron in his speech had donated more than £4 million to the Conservative party, it seems that JCB’s boss is no stranger to either controversy or the patronage of the prime minister.

Sir Anthony Bamford was personally recommended for a peerage by David Cameron back in 2010, but his elevation to the House of Lords was blocked by HM Revenue and Customs. The taxman was reportedly unable to support the Sir Anthony’s nomination owing to “concerns” over his tax affairs.

A mention in Dave’s speech is some paltry compensation for having your ermine gown bulldozed.

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