Michael Howard

British politician; Former leader of the Conservative Party (UK) (born 1941)

Michael Howard, Baron Howard of Lympne KC (born 7 July 1941) is a British politician who was formerly leader of the Conservative Party. He was a Conservative MP for the constituency of Folkestone and Hythe from 1983 to the 2010 general elections. He was Home Secretary in John Major's government and led his party from 2003 to 2005, including at the 2005 general election, and also served as Leader of the Opposition. He was succeeded as Conservative leader by David Cameron and entered the House of Lords in July 2010.

Let us be clear.


  • Let us be clear. Prison works. It ensures that we are protected from murderers, muggers and rapists, and it makes many who are tempted to commit crime think twice.
    • Colin Brown, "Howard seeks to placate 'angry majority'", The Independent, October 7, 1993
    • Speech to the Conservative Party conference (6 October 1993).
  • Let me make it clear: 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.
    • Hansard, House of Commons, 6th series, vol. 415 col. 498
    • At Prime Minister's Question Time in the House of Commons (3 December 2003).

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