From Sir Anthony to Lord Bamford

Sir Anthony Bamford, or Lord Bamford as he will now be known, has been made a life peer in the House of Lords. The Chairman of the world famous excavator company which makes the 180 degree JCB digger, heavy plant and other products, received his life peerage for his enormous contribution to British and global manufacturing, through his work with the Staffordshire based company.

Lord Bamford represents the latest in a long line of world-leading industrialists from the county and has not only continued JCB’s proud association with Staffordshire, but has also led the company to greater success on the world manufacturing stage.

I’d like to congratulate Lord Bamford on his peerage, a fitting honour for the work he has done far beyond Rocester where JCB HQ is based near Uttoxeter and Uttoxeter for the country and the county. I look forward to the continuing good work of JCB and the additional value that Sir Anthony will bring in his role as Lord Bamford.

As many of you will already know, consultations on the Trust Special Administrators’ proposals to restructure local hospital services, is underway.

With the decision to strip the hospital of its capacity for critical care and paediatric services, I am concerned that without public intervention the maternity unit will also suffer. If the proposals go ahead it means that expectant mothers will need to travel out of town to have their child, when they could be delivered at a midwife-led maternity unit.

As I have said before it is vitally important for residents to have their say, so I would urge people to get involved in the consultations, either at the events or via the website. You can find more details at http://tsa-msft.org.uk/consultation/.

Philip Atkins

Leader

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