Lord Nick Bourne becomes House of Lords Government Whip

Lord Nick Bourne Lord Nick Bourne succeeds Lord Bates, who has moved to the Home Office

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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth has been appointed as a Government Whip in the House of Lords.

A former Conservative leader in the Welsh assembly, Nick Bourne became a life peer in September 2013.

His duties will include managing the UK Government's legislative programme in the Lords.

Lord Bourne, 62, is one of five Wales-based members of the UK Government, headed by Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb.

They are joined by Wales Office minister Alun Cairns along with coalition members Liberal Democrat MP Jenny Willott, an assistant government whip, and Wales Office minister Baroness Jenny Randerson.

Since losing his Mid and West Wales assembly seat in 2011, Lord Bourne has served on the Silk Commission examining the future powers of the assembly, and he chairs the Milford Haven enterprise zone in Pembrokeshire.

He replaces Lord Bates, who was last week appointed as a Home Office minister.

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