Howard, Michael

Howard, Michael,

1941–, British politician, leader of the Conservative party (2003–5), b. Llanelli, Wales, as Michael Hecht. The son of immigrants (his father changed the family name after becoming a British subject in 1947), he was educated at Cambridge and became a successful barrister. In 1983 he was elected to Parliament, and in 1985 became a junior minister under Prime Minister Margaret ThatcherThatcher, Margaret Hilda Roberts Thatcher, Baroness,
1925–2013, British political leader. Great Britain's first woman prime minister, nicknamed the "Iron Lady" for her uncompromising political stance, Thatcher served longer than any other British prime minister in the 20th
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. In 1990 he became employment and environment minister, a post he continued to hold under Prime Minister John MajorMajor, John,
1943–, British statesman, b. John Major Ball. Raised in a working-class area of London, he was elected to Lambeth borough council (1968–71) and entered Parliament as a Conservative in 1979.
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. Appointed home secretary in 1993, he was known for his tough anticrime stance. After Major resigned as party leader (1997), Howard sought unsuccessfully to succeed him. However, following Iain Duncan SmithDuncan Smith, Iain,
1954–, British political leader, b. Edinburgh. Educated at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, he served in the Scots Guards from 1975 to 1981, leaving the army for a series of business positions, mainly in the defense industry and publishing.
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's loss of the leadership post in 2003, Howard won the position unopposed, becoming the first Jew to lead a major British party (DisraeliDisraeli, Benjamin, 1st earl of Beaconsfield
, 1804–81, British statesman and author. He is regarded as the founder of the modern Conservative party.
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 had been baptized). Howard resigned as party leader following the Conservative loss in the 2005 elections; he was succeeded by David CameronCameron, David William Duncan
, 1966–, British political leader, b. London. Educated at Eton and Oxford, he worked for the Conservative party's research department beginning in 1988, became an adviser to two high-ranking government ministers, and headed corporate
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. He retired from the Commons in 2010 and was created Baron Howard of Lympne. He was among the Tory leaders who supported leaving the European Union in the 2016 referendum.
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Josh has supported stand-ups including Shappi Khorsandi, Russell Howard, Michael McIntyre and Alan Carr, and in 2012 he became a regular on Stand Up for the Week.
Past "Hollywood Director Award" honorees have included Kathryn Bigelow, Clint Eastwood, Marc Foster, Tom Hooper, Ron Howard, Michael Mann, Sam Mendes, Bennett Miller, Martin Scorsese, and Olive Stone among others.
Brim full of potency, vibrancy and energy, Catfish and the Bottlemen are causing the sort of waves seen off the North Wales coast by signing to Communion Records - home to a folk-based roster that includes Ben Howard, Michael Kiwanuka and Daughter.
Greatly missed by his beloved Pauline, Eric is stepfather to Tina and Kath and father to Madge, Yvonne, Eric, Howard, Michael and David, he is also a much loved grandfather and great grandfather to many.
Encouraged by the rugby grounding of Cricket Australia's team performance manager Pat Howard, Michael Clarke's team and the pathway beneath them are being shaped with New Zealand's century-old dominance of the oval-ball game as a major influence.
Returning board members include Penny McGhee, Chair; Patrick Gilliard, Vice Chair, Mark Twisdale, Treasurer, Nancy Nutt, Secretary, Jim Howard, Michael Lord, Ashley Perkinson, Doug Brocker, Jimmy King, Susan Stevens and Peggie Simpson.
Kelly's magnificent knock, beating Steve Whitwam's previous best of 165 not out, was the backbone of a 335-6 total after they had been 37-3 - Max Joice, Danny Howard, Michael Fraine and Harlon Haye all chipping in.
They join Wayne Curtis, Michael Howard, Michael Twiss and Matt Blinkhorn on the absent list, while Rene Howe and Andy Parrish are doubts.
SHE'S known as one of the fiercest women in politics and has given many, including Michael Howard, Michael Portillo and the IRA the force of her fury.
So expect those in Europe -- such as Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Michael Bradley and Carlos Bocanegra -- to be recalled.
David Jukes, centre, who will be on the sponsored ghost hunt with, from left, Andrew Howard, Michael Jukes, Kamran Hussain and Paul Carter Picture by PETER REIMANN