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Leading Questions: Sir Nigel Rudd

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Sir Nigel Rudd is arguably the best connected member of the British corporate establishment, as Deputy Chairman of Barclays, a director of BAE Systems, the defence group, and chairman of BAA, owner of London’s Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports.

In this weeks Leading Questions, he tells the BBC’s Business Editor Robert Peston how he climbed to the top, having left school at 15 and having come from a working class background in Derby.

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