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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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DAVID Cameron's mentor Michael Howard is snubbing him and backing Brexit.
IN your recently printed careers and vacancies guide, Employment Secretary Michael Howard said there had been an increase in job vacancies in the West Midlands over the past three months.
After all, we could in theory have had a Welsh-Romanian Prime Minister in Number 10 Downing Street eight years ago in Llanelli-raised Michael Howard.
It is not democratic for all parties to align themselves against one party, the BNP, as Michael Howard suggested during a BBC programme - the same BBC that is funded by the British electorate.
MICHAEL HOWARD telephoned a Liverpool MP and asked him not to speak publicly about two drug smugglers freed early from jail, a court heard yesterday.
FORMER Tory leader Michael Howard has become a director of the company behind
FORMER Tory leader Michael Howard has been interviewed by police probing the cash-for-honours affair.
Although there are three sets of siblings in the program - Jeff and Lisa Dubow, Allison and Michael Howard, and Jeff and Mandy Safenowitz - Viewpoint has established an overall family-like atmosphere, not only during training sessions, but through social activities like team dinners and holiday parties.
It is important the Tory Party builds on the successes achieved by Michael Howard under a new leader.
TORY leader Michael Howard today called for a greater effort to promote a sense of "British identity" among immigrant communities.
Mr Clarke said that choosing a right winger like shadow home secretary David Davis to succeed Michael Howard as party leader would not win back the Labour and Liberal Democrat voters the party needed.
Michael Howard is the one politician who really has thrown open Britain's doors to anyone.