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Wednesday, August 25, 1999 Published at 09:52 GMT 10:52 UK


UK: Wales

Bourne snubs Richards in cabinet

The Tories face the new term with a new team

The new leader of the Conservative Party in Wales has unveiled his reshuffled Assembly cabinet - with no place for Rod Richards.


BBC Wales' Rhun ap Iorwerth looks at who's in and who's out of the Conservative team
Nick Bourne took over the leadership of the Welsh Tories from Mr Richards, who resigned to fight a charge of causing grievous bodily harm to a woman.

In his first cabinet, Mr Bourne has named Monmouth member David Davies as his Environment spokesman.


[ image: There is no place for Rod Richards in Nick Bourne's cabinet]
There is no place for Rod Richards in Nick Bourne's cabinet
Mr Davies had earlier been rejected as a "caretaker" leader by the Assembly Tory group following Mr Richards's resignation. He has kept his role of Chief Whip, but has been moved from Business Manager to Environment.

However, for the last leader, Rod Richards, there was no post. He became the only Tory "back-bencher" in the Assembly.

William Graham became Business Manager while Glyn Davies got the Finance portfolio. Peter Rogers moved to Agriculture.


BBC Wales's Rhun ap Iorwerth on a conspicuous absentee from the seven jobs on offer
Jonathan Morgan remained as Education spokesman while Alun Cairns kept Economic Development.

David Melding retained the Tories' Health brief.

The nine-strong Tory group in the Assembly elected Mr Bourne after the "temporary" resignation of former leader Rod Richards.


[ image: William Graham becomes Business Manager]
William Graham becomes Business Manager
Mr Richards' choice of deputy leader, 29-year-old Monmouth Assembly Member David Davies, was then rejected by the other Tory AMs, who thought him too inexperienced.

Mr Richards then made his resignation permanent.

The bulk of the remaining seven Tory AMs then opted for Nick Bourne to be their leader in the Assembly.

His was the only application received by the closing date, and David Davies, as the Tories' Chief Whip, confirmed Mr Bourne's election.

Mr Bourne had previously challenged Rod Richards for the leadership of the Conservatives in Wales, losing to him in a ballot of the members.



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