|Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for Justice|
18 December 2007 – 6 May 2010
|Preceded by||David Heath|
|Liberal Democrat Shadow Solicitor General|
2 March 2006 – 18 December 2007
|Member of Parliament
5 May 2005 – 6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Anne Campbell|
|Succeeded by||Julian Huppert|
10 November 1958 |
Wednesbury, Staffordshire, England
|Political party||Liberal Democrat|
|Alma mater||University of Cambridge|
|Website||David Howarth MP|
He is the author of Textbook on Tort, Law as Engineering: Thinking about What Lawyers Do and articles in academic journals and chapters in academic books. He researches into a broad range of public and private law areas, conducting empirical research. He has engaged in policy making and leadership in public roles, previously as leader of the Cambridge City Council and currently as a UK Electoral Commissioner.
Education and academic career
David Howarth grew up on Mossley Estate, a council estate in Bloxwich in Staffordshire, going to Queen Mary's Grammar School, Walsall. Attending Clare College, Cambridge on an academic scholarship, he obtained a first class degree in Law and won the George Long Jurisprudence prize. He then won a Mellon Fellowship to study at the Yale Law School (gaining an LLM) and also in Yale University (gaining an MPhil in Sociology). He returned to Cambridge in 1985 to take up a series of academic posts. He has a long-standing commitment to teaching as well as research, introducing sociology and economics options to the undergraduate Law programme, and is Director of the MPhil in Public Policy, based in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge.
Howarth was leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the Cambridge City Council UK in 1990 when it was in third place, and then leading it to become the principal opposition on the council, eventually becoming Leader of the Council in 2000. He stood unsuccessfully for Parliament in Peterborough in 1997 and Cambridge in 2001. In the 2005 general election he was elected Member of Parliament for Cambridge, defeating Labour MP Anne Campbell with a majority of 4,339 votes (and winning 44% of the votes cast). He was the first Liberal or Liberal Democrat to win Cambridge since the 1906 general election.
His work as a legislator has informed his research interests, and subsequently has published on the legislative process (specifically the Backbench Business Committee), conducted empirical research 'The Reality of the Constitution'. Highlights of legislative scrutiny included Companies Bill and highlighting the problems with the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill. Also the Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill, and various Criminal Justice Bills. Howarth also was Shadow Solicitor General and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice. He served on the Constitutional Affairs, Justice and Environmental Audit Select Committees.
He was one of the relatively few MPs not implicated in the 2009 expenses scandal, being singled out by The Guardian as one of the "Angels" for having "not claimed a penny in second home allowances" and commuting the 60 miles from Cambridge to Westminster.
On 5 November 2009, he announced that he would be standing down as MP for Cambridge at the next election, citing a desire to return to academia, which he did so after the General Election of June 2010. He was subsequently reinstated in his old job, as a Reader in Law and Land Economy at Cambridge University.
Since 1 October 2010, he has been an Electoral Commissioner, as the Liberal Democrats' nominee.
David Howarth has two children and is married to Edna Howarth. Edna Howarth is a magistrate in Cambridge Magistrates' Court who was involved in the sentencing of Stephen Fry for a speeding offence.
- Gaby Hinsliff, Caroline Davies and Toby Helm (17 May 2009). "The week Britain turned its anger on politicians". The Observer. Guardian. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
- "Lib Dem MP Howarth to stand down". BBC News. 5 November 2009. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
- House of Commons (2008). Hansard, 6 May 2008, Column 586
- "BBC NEWS – UK – England – Comic Fry keeps licence". bbc.co.uk.
- David Howarth MP official site
- David Howarth MP official Liberal Democrats profile
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Electoral history and profile at The Guardian
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Cambridge