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Wednesday, September 1, 1999 Published at 14:28 GMT 15:28 UK

UK: Wales: AMs

Professor Nicholas Bourne


Mid and West Wales Region

Leader, Welsh Conservative Party.
Spokesman for Finance

Personal Details
Date of Birth -
January 1, 1952.
Place of Birth - Newark.

King Edward VI School, Chelmsford.
University College of Wales, Aberystwyth (LLB, LLM).
Trinity College, Cambridge (LLM).
Honourable Society of Grays Inn.

Previous Occupation(s)
Supervisor in Law, St Catherine's College, Cambridge 1974-82.
Principal, Chart University Tutors Ltd 1979-88.
Company Secretary, Chart Foulks Lynch plc 1984-88.
Director of Studies, Holborn Law Tutors Ltd 1988-91.
Senior Lecturer in Law, Southbank University 1991-92.
Dean, Swansea Law School 1992-96.
Assistant Principal, Swansea Institute 1996-98.
Visiting Lecturer, Hong Kong University 1996-.

Political Career
North East Thames Regional Health Authority 1990-92
West Glamorgan Health Authority 1994-97.
Contested Chesterfield 1983 General Election and 1984 By-Election and Worcester 1997 General Election.
Contested Brecon & Radnorshire, AM for the Region of Wales Mid and West since May 6, 1999.
Spokesman for Finance 1999-.
Leader, Welsh Conservative Party 1999-.

Known in the Assembly as “Nick” Bourne, though he is Professor Nicholas Bourne, LLB LLM, law lecturer and barrister.

Member of the Legislation Committee of the Assembly, and of the Standards of Conduct Committee.

Stood in Brecon and Radnor but was beaten by the Lib Dem Kirsty Williams. But as no.1 on the Conservative regional list for Mid and West Wales, he won a top-up seat.

Leader of the 9 Tories in the National Assembly (at a time when there are no Welsh Tories at Westminster), he was elected to the post after the resignation of Rod Richards. He made a small reshuffle of spokesmanships. He opposed the construction of a new Assembly chamber.

He was formerly the chief spokesman for the Tories in Wales, appointed by William Hague, and had been beaten by Rod Richards in an earlier leadership contest. He was then seen as the moderate, more conciliatory candidate, but his Englishness (he was born in Newark) was held against him. The contest was fairly acrimonious. He was not in Richards’ campaign team, though he was given the Finance portfolio after the election.

He had previously led the unsuccessful “Just Say NO” campaign against Welsh devolution during the 1997 referendum. He has had much experience of campaigning, having stood three times for Westminster. After the referendum he served on the National Assembly Advisory Group which drew up the ground rules for the Assembly.

He is a member of the Doctors and Dentists Pay Review Body. Also member of : British Heart Foundation, Institute of Directors, Society of Authors, national Trust, NSPCC

Active in Tory party at Cambridge (Treasurer of CUCA, president of CU Tory Lawyers), St Marylebone and in the Gower.

Enjoys tennis, squash, badminton and cricket.

Welsh Assembly Election of May 6, 1999
Mid and West Wales Region
Party Votes % AMs elected
PC 84,554 20.87% 1
Lab 53,842 13.29% 1
Con 36,622 9.04% 2
LD 31,683 7.82% 0
Green 4,872 1.20% 0
Soc Lab 1,851 0.46% 0
NLP 417 0.10% 0

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