More questions raised over PM's links to boss of JCB

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David Cameron's links to the JCB millionaire and Tory donor Sir Anthony Bamford are facing fresh scrutiny after Labour demanded to know further details of his nomination for a peerage. The shadow Cabinet Office minister Michael Dugher has tabled parliamentary questions over the PM's decision to open a JCB plant in Brazil last month, and asking why Sir Anthony's nomination to the House of Lords was withdrawn.

Sir Anthony was in line for a peerage in May 2010 but withdrew at the last minute amid reports that the Lords vetting body were informed of concerns about his tax affairs.

Mr Dugher has asked Mr Cameron whether he had received a personal invitation from Sir Anthony to open the plant, despite a statement by No 10 last week that it had been arranged through the trade agency, UKTI.

Sir Anthony, JCB, and members of his family have donated a total of £4.96m to the Tories. It is thought he will receive a peerage in the next honours list.