Wednesday, August 25, 1999 Published at 09:52 GMT 10:52 UK
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.
In his first cabinet, Mr Bourne has named Monmouth member David Davies as his Environment spokesman.
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.
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.
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.