Baron Howard of Lympne, of Lympne in the County of Kent
Member, House of Lords Appointments Commission
Chairman, Help the Hospices
Trustee, Council of Christians and Jews
Chairman, UK-Japan 21st Century Group

Michael Howard was the Leader of the Conservative Party and Leader of the Opposition from November 2003 to December 2005. He previously held cabinet positions in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, including Secretary of State for Employment (1990-92), Secretary of State for the Environment (1992-93) and Home Secretary (1993-97).

He became a Member of Parliament in the 1983 general election, and in 1985 joined the Government as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Trade and Industry in 1985 with responsibility for regulating the financial dealings of the City of London. In 1987 he became Minister for Local Government, then Minister for Water and Planning in 1988 before joining the Cabinet first as Secretary of State for Employment, then Secretary of State for the Environment, and
became Home Secretary in 1993.


In Opposition, Michael Howard served as Shadow Home Secretary, Shadow Foreign Secretary, Shadow Chancellor, and Leader of the Opposition. He led the Conservative Party to the 2005 general election. He was appointed to the Order of the Companions of Honour in 2011.

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