James Younger, 5th Viscount Younger of Leckie

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Lord Younger

James Younger, 5th Viscount Younger of Leckie, Bt (born 11 November 1955) is an elected[1] hereditary peer who sits on the Conservative benches in the House of Lords. He was educated at Winchester College, where he was in the school football team, and the University of St Andrews where he read medieval history. He holds an MBA from Henley Management College. He now works in the field of personnel management and recruitment.[2]

His father is George Younger, 4th Viscount Younger of Leckie.

In June 2010 he won the by-election to replace the 14th Earl of Northesk who died in March 2010. Younger inherited his peerage in 2003, after passage of the House of Lords Act 1999, making him one of only a few excepted hereditary members of the House of Lords who was not a member before the act came into force.[3]

He is a deputy chairman of the Buckingham Constituency Conservative Association.[4]

On 25 June 2012, Younger was appointed a Lord-in-Waiting (Lords Whip).[5] On 9 January 2013 Lord Younger was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Intellectual Property at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, by the Prime Minister.[6]


Arms of James Younger, 5th Viscount Younger of Leckie
A Coronet of a Viscount
An Armed Leg couped at the thigh proper garnished and spurred Or
Parted per saltire Or and Gules a Rose counterchanged in base Martlet Sable on a Chief Azure three Covered Cups Or
Dexter: A Griffin per fess Ermine and Erminois gorged with a Collar Sable the edges flory-counterflory and chained of the last and on the Collar three Escallops Argent; Sinister: A Wyvern Erect on his tail Ermine similarly collared and chained
Labentibus Junior Annis (Younger as the years go by)


Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Younger
Viscount Younger of Leckie