Michael Howard


Michael Howard, Baron Howard of Lympne, CH, PC, QC, is a British politician, who served as the Leader of the Conservative Party and Leader of the Opposition from November 2003 to December 2005. He had previously held cabinet positions in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, including Secretary of State for Employment, Secretary of State for the Environment and Home Secretary. Howard was born in Gorseinon, South Wales.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Howard.


1941 Birth Born on July 7, 1941.
1952 10 Years Old Howard passed his eleven-plus exam in 1952 and then attended Llanelli Boys' Grammar School. … Read More


1962 21 Years Old 1 More Event
He was President of the Cambridge Union Society in 1962.
1964 23 Years Old Howard was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple in 1964 and specialised in employment and planning law. … Read More
1970 29 Years Old 1 More Event
The late 1960s saw Howard's promotion within the Bow Group, where he became Chairman in April 1970.


1975 34 Years Old They subsequently married in 1975. … Read More


1982 41 Years Old In June 1982, Howard was selected to contest the constituency of Folkestone and Hythe in Kent after the sitting Conservative MP, Sir Albert Costain, decided to retire.
1983 42 Years Old 1 More Event
Howard won the seat at the 1983 general election.
1985 - 1987 3 More Events
1988 47 Years Old 1 More Event
Howard guided the 1988 Local Government Finance Act through the House of Commons. … Read More
1990 49 Years Old He subsequently guided through legislation abolishing the closed shop, and campaigned vigorously for Thatcher in the first ballot of the 1990 Conservative Party leadership contest, although he told her a day before she resigned that he felt she wasn't going to win and that John Major was better placed to defeat Michael Heseltine.


1992 51 Years Old He retained his cabinet post under John Major and campaigned against trade union power during the 1992 general election campaign. … Read More
1993 52 Years Old 1 More Event
In this capacity he encouraged the United States to participate in the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, but shortly afterwards he was appointed Home Secretary in a 1993 reshuffle initiated by the sacking of Norman Lamont as Chancellor. … Read More
1994 53 Years Old This campaign was successful, and in July 1994 Howard announced that the boys would be kept in custody for a minimum of fifteen years, meaning that they would not be considered for release until February 2008, by which time they would be 25 years of age. … Read More
His reputation was dented on 13 May 1997 when a critical inquiry into a series of prison escapes was published. … Read More
1999 58 Years Old Howard served as Shadow Foreign Secretary for the next two years but retired from the Shadow Cabinet in 1999, though remaining an MP.


2001 60 Years Old After the 2001 general election, Howard was recalled to frontline politics when the Conservative Party's new leader, Iain Duncan Smith, appointed him Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. … Read More
…  In November 2003, following the Conservative Party's vote of no confidence in its leader Iain Duncan Smith, he was elected unopposed. … Read More
2004 63 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 2004, Howard called on PM Tony Blair to resign over the Iraq war, for failing to ask "basic questions" regarding WMD claims and misleading Parliament. … Read More
In the 2005 general election (on 5 May 2005), Howard's Conservative Party failed to unseat the Labour government, although the Conservatives did gain 33 seats (including five from the Liberal Democrats) and Labour's majority shrank from 167 to 66. … Read More
Howard announced on 17 March 2006 that he would stand down as MP for Folkestone and Hythe at the 2010 election.
2008 67 Years Old Crosby was later re-hired by the Conservative Party to run their successful campaign in the 2008 London Mayor election. … Read More
In 2010 Howard claimed a 45% decrease in crime since a 1993 study by Home Office criminologist Roger Tarling proved that prison worked though the prison population rose from 42,000 to nearly 85,000.
2011 70 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 2011 there was increased speculation that Cameron would reshuffle his cabinet, with Lord Howard brought in to replace Kenneth Clarke as Secretary of State for Justice. … Read More
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