Howard, Michael (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

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Voted in as leader of Britain’s Conservative Party in Nov. 2003 at the age of 62, Michael Howard’s aim was to prevent a third successive term of office for Tony Blair’s Labour. The former barrister served in Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet as home secretary and is remembered for his tough, uncompromising approach to crime and disorder. A sharp and combative House of Commons performer, Mr. Howard pledged to fight for a ‘British dream’ that rewards people’s own talents and efforts. He was opposed to Britain joining the single European currency and campaigned for a leaner, more efficient government. He stepped down as Conservative leader in Dec. 2005.

Early Life

Michael Howard was born into a Jewish family in Llanelli, South Wales on 7 July 1941. His father, Bernard, had left Romania in the early 1930s, establishing clothes shops in Llanelli and Carmarthen. Michael Howard attended Llanelli Grammar School, followed by the University of Cambridge, where he studied law. He was a...

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