Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth


Lord Bourne was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Wales Office between 27 October 2017 and 26 July 2019.

He held this role jointly with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government between 8 January 2018 and 26 July 2019.

Previously he held this role at the Department for Communities and Local Government, from 17 July 2016 to January 2018.

He has been a member of the Lords since September 2013.


He was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford; University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied law.

Political career

He previously served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change and as a Lord in Waiting from May 2015 until July 2016.

He was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Wales Office in May 2015.

From 2014 to 2015 he was a Lords Whip (2014 to 2015) responsible for the Wales Office, the Department for International Development, the Department for Work and Pensions and the broadcasting elements of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport portfolio.

Lord Bourne was Assembly Member for Mid & West Wales from 1999 to 2011 and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly for Wales between 2007 and 2011. He was also a member of the Silk Commission.

Career outside politics

Between 1996 and 1998 Lord Bourne was Professor of Law at Swansea Law School. Lord Bourne has taught law at Hong Kong University, the London School of Economics and at Cambridge University.

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales
  2. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State
  3. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Faith
  4. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Climate Change
  5. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales
  6. Lord in Waiting (Government Whip)


  1. £100 million migration fund helps alleviate council pressures across England
  2. New funding to preserve Cornish culture, language and heritage
  3. New national strategy to tackle Gypsy, Roma and Traveller inequalities
  4. UK Government Minister for Wales Welcomes Progress on Mid Wales Growth Deal
  5. Tens of thousands to benefit from Integrated Communities Innovation Fund
  6. New government measures to update crematoria provisions
  7. Communities across the country given £500,000 to commemorate Windrush Generation
  8. Thousands to benefit from new English language programmes
  9. Training introduced to help faith leaders support their communities
  10. Faith Minister launches national tour to celebrate the role of faith communities