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Overview (3)

Born in Gorseinon, West Glamorgan, Wales, UK
Birth NameMichael Hecht
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Michael Howard was born in the Welsh mining village of Gorseinon, Carmarthenshire, on July 7th 1941. His father, Bernard Hecht, was a Rumanian immigrant, who owned a number of ladies' dress shops in Swansea and Llanelli.

In 1959, he went up to Cambridge University - initially to read Economics, but later transferring to Law. He was called to the Bar in 1964, and practiced as a barrister until 1983 - being promoted to recorder (part-time Judge).

He stood, as a Conservative, for the seat of Edge Hill in Liverpool, both in 1966 and 1970 - losing on both occasions. He was finally elected as Conservative MP for Folkstone and Hythe in 1983. Upon entering parliament, he was soon known for his right wing views - calling for Britain to withdraw from the European Union and endorsed restoration of the death penalty. He reversed his views on capital punishment, coming out against its reintroduction in 1994. He has also moderated his Euroscepticism, much to the anger of the Conservative right (e.g. Norman Tebbit).

In 1990, he entered John Major's cabinet as Employment Secretary- becoming Environment Secretary in 1992, and then Home Secretary in 1993. As Home Secretary, he became unpopular with some - due to his draconian measures in the fight against rising crime.

In 1997, upon the Conservatives losing the election, he became Shadow Foreign Secretary - retiring in 1999. He had stood for election for the Party Leadership in 1997, but withdrew after criticism by fellow Tory MP Ann Widdecombe, who had previously been his junior at the Home Office.

In 2001, when Iain Duncan Smith was elected leader of the Conservative Party he returned to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Chancellor, and upon Duncan Smith's demise in 2003, he was elected unopposed as Leader of the Conservative Party and Her Majesty's Opposition.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Frank Webster

Spouse (1)

Sandra Howard (1975 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (9)

His father, a Rumanian, grew up in Transylvania.
Was Conservative Home Secretary (1993-1997).
Supports Liverpool FC.
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (2001-2003).
Son of a Rumanian shopkeeper.
Educated at Llanelli Grammar School, and Peterhouse College, Cambridge.
He was awarded the Companion of Honour in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to government.
He was awarded the Companion of Honor (CH) in the the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honors List for his services to public and political services.
Pimlico, London, England [June 2011]

Personal Quotes (7)

Britain deserves better than it has today - it is our destiny to provide it. We must prove that we are equal to that challenge.
I believe that the people should be big. The state should be small.
Our party will be internationalist in outlook. My parents were immigrants. They saw Britain as a beacon in a dark and threatening world.
I wasn't born into the Conservative Party. I chose it. I chose it because I thought, as I still do, that it offers Britain its brightest future.
I know what causes crime. Criminals.
[on Tony Blair] This grammar school boy will take no lessons from that public school boy on the importance of children from less privileged backgrounds gaining access to university.
One of the pieces of advice which I most regret giving occurred during a conversation that I had with Alastair Campbell, when John Smith was leader of the Labour Party... which was that the Labour Party would never win an election until they had a leader who looked and sounded like a Tory.

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