The Earl Howe
|Deputy Leader of the House of Lords|
|Assumed office |
12 May 2015
|Preceded by||The Lord Wallace of Tankerness|
|Minister of State for Defence|
11 May 2015 – 26 July 2019
|Preceded by||The Lord Astor of Hever|
|Succeeded by||The Baroness Goldie|
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health|
17 May 2010 – 11 May 2015
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||The Baroness Thornton|
|Succeeded by||The Lord Prior of Brampton|
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence|
5 July 1995 – 2 May 1997
|Prime Minister||John Major|
|Preceded by||The Lord Henley|
|Succeeded by||John Spellar|
|Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food|
14 April 1992 – 5 July 1995
|Prime Minister||John Major|
|Preceded by||David Curry|
|Succeeded by||Tim Boswell|
30 May 1991 – 14 April 1992
|Prime Minister||John Major|
|Preceded by||The Lord Reay|
|Succeeded by||The Viscount St Davids|
|Member of the House of Lords|
|as a hereditary peer|
30 October 1984 – 11 November 1999
|Preceded by||The 6th Earl Howe|
|Succeeded by||Seat abolished|
|as an elected hereditary peer |
11 November 1999
|Preceded by||Seat established|
|Born||29 January 1951|
Elizabeth Helen Stuart
Jane Victoria Fergusson
|Alma mater||Christ Church, Oxford (BA)|
Frederick Richard Penn Curzon, 7th Earl Howe, Conservative front bench member of the House of Lords. He is Deputy Leader of the House of Lords and former Minister of State for Defence. Howe is the longest continuously serving Conservative frontbencher, having held a front bench role in some capacity since 1991.(born 29 January 1951), is a
Background and education
Lord Howe was the son of the Royal Navy commander and film actor George Curzon, who was a grandson of the 3rd Earl Howe. Lord Howe's mother was Jane Victoria Fergusson, second wife of his father. He was educated at King's Mead School, Seaford, Rugby School, and Christ Church, Oxford, where he graduated in "Mods and Greats" in 1973 and, according to his Who's Who entry, earned the Chancellor's Prize in Latin Verse.
Business and political career
After leaving university in 1973, he joined Barclays Bank and served in a number of managerial and senior managerial posts in London and in other countries. After succeeding his second cousin as 7th Earl Howe in 1984, he left banking to concentrate on his Parliamentary activities and on running the family farm (Seagraves Farm Co Ltd) and estate at Penn in south Buckinghamshire. In 1991, Howe became a Lord in Waiting (Government whip in the House of Lords) with responsibilities, successively, for transport, employment, defence and environment. Following the 1992 general election he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and in 1995 Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence, a post he relinquished at the 1997 general election.
Howe was opposition spokesman for Health and Social Services in the House of Lords between 1997 and 2010. Howe was unique in being the only member of the Conservative Party to shadow the same portfolio throughout the thirteen years of opposition. Since the House of Lords Act 1999, hereditary peers do not have the automatic right to sit in the Lords. However the Act provides for 92 hereditary peers to remain, and representatives from each faction in the House are elected under Standing Orders of the House. At the election in 1999, Howe was the sixth most popular Conservative peer (Conservatives are by far the largest party grouping of hereditary peers). Apart from his frontbench responsibilities, his special interests include penal affairs and agriculture. He is a member of the all-party groups on penal affairs, abuse investigations, pharmaceuticals, adoption, mental health and epilepsy.
Howe was appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) in the 2021 Birthday Honours for political and parliamentary service.
Other public appointments
Involved in many charitable commitments, Howe is:
- President of the Abbeyfield Beaconsfield Society
- President of Penn and Tylers Green Residents Society
- Patron of the Chiltern Society;
- Patron of Design & Manufacture for Disability (DEMAND)
- Hereditary Governor of the King William IV Naval Foundation.
- a trustee of Milton's Cottage
- President of the Epilepsy Society, formerly the National Society for Epilepsy, for 25 years until his wife Countess Howe became president in September 2010.
- a trustee of RAFT (Restoration of Appearance and Function Trust);
- a member of the Committee of Management of the RNLI;
- a trustee of Sir William Borlase's Grammar School in Marlow, Buckinghamshire;
- President of the South Buckinghamshire Association for the Disabled;
- Honorary Treasurer of the Trident Trust
- a trustee of Penn Street Village Hall
- a Vice-President at Knotty Green Cricket Club
Lord Howe married Elizabeth Helen Stuart, elder daughter of Captain Burleigh Edward St Lawrence Stuart, on 26 March 1983. They have four children:
- Lady Anna Elizabeth Curzon (19 January 1987) who studied music at the University of Nottingham.
- Lady Flora Grace Curzon (12 June 1989)
- Lady Lucinda Rose Curzon (12 October 1991)
- Thomas Edward Penn Curzon, Viscount Curzon (22 October 1994)
Countess Howe is active in the Buckinghamshire community, serving as a Deputy Lord Lieutenant from 1995 before becoming Lord Lieutenant in 2020.  The family live at Penn House, Penn, Buckinghamshire, seat of the Earls Howe.
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- "Epilepsy charity delights in top award for Earl Howe". Epilepsy Society (press release). Archived from the original on 30 March 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2011.
- "Countess Howe, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant Of Buckinghamshire". Buckinghamshire Lieutenancy.
- Penn House website http://www.pennhouse.org.uk/
- Profile for Earl Howe @ Conservatives.com
- "Register of Lords' Interests – Earl Howe". House of Lords. Retrieved 7 September 2011. Page on House of Lords website containing a register of Earl Howe's interests (current)
- "Register of Lords' Interests – Earl Howe". Archived from the original on 24 March 2010. Retrieved 7 September 2011. Page on House of Lords website containing a register of Earl Howe's interests (historic)
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Earl Howe