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New Welsh peers congratulated

The appointment of two new Welsh members of the House of Lords - Nick Bourne and Christine Humphreys- has been welcomed by their party leaders in the Assembly.

This is well-deserved recognition of over a decade of Welsh public service as an Assembly Member and Leader of the Welsh Conservative Group. Nick continues to serve Wales in his roles on the Silk Commission and the current review into the delivery of public services. Nick will be a powerful voice for Wales in the House of Lords and I look forward to working with him.

– Leader of the Opposition Andrew RT Davies AM

I am really pleased for Christine. She has played a huge role in the Welsh party and her experience will be of great value ensuring that the coalition remains anchored in the centre ground. She has had dedicated her life to serving others, either through politics or teaching. She has also played an important role, as party president, in developing and mentoring young female candidates during the Westminster, Assembly and council elections. I am proud that the Welsh Liberal Democrats will be providing more female representation in a chamber that is lacking in women.

– Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Kirsty Williams AM

There had been speculation that a new Plaid Cymru peer would be named -rumoured to be the party's economic adviser Eurfyl ap Gwilym. That could still happen as it's understood that 10 Downing Street's list of working peers was considered too long to release in full in a single announcement.

Working peers are expected to regularly attend the House of Lords to take part in debates and votes. However, they are appointed for life on exactly the same basis as people awarded peerages as an honour.