JCB CHAIRMAN Lord Bamford has taken his seat in the House of Lords with a pledge to promote the interests of engineering and manufacturing.
Lord Bamford, pictured, was invited by Prime Minister David Cameron to become a working Conservative peer in August. and last week took the official oath of allegiance in the gallery of the House of Lords Chamber.
The ceremony marked his introduction and first working day in the House.
Lord Bamford, who next year celebrates 50 years’ service at JCB, which has sites in Cheadle, Uttoxeter, Rocester and Foston, said: “It is an enormous honour to be asked by the Prime Minister to be a working peer.
“He felt that I might be able to add to debates on manufacturing, engineering, exporting and vocational training and education.
“We, as a company and as a country need engineers. There aren’t enough apprentices.
“We need to encourage more youngsters to start their working life as apprentices.
“I will be a working peer and I’m looking forward to making a contribution, but my main job is working at JCB.” Lord Bamford, who plans to make his maiden speech in the Lords later this year, was accompanied at the ceremony by his supporters Lord Lloyd-Webber and Lord Tebbit.
He was also joined by his wife Carole, Lady Bamford, and children Alice, Jo and George.
Staffordshire Lord Lieutenant Ian Dudson said: “Lord Bamford’s elevation to the House of Lords is most justified.
“We are all very proud in Staffordshire of what he, his family and the company has achieved.”.