Michael Howard, the Rt Hon the Lord Howard of Lympne, 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 government 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 was the Member of Parliament for Folkestone and Hythe from 1983 – 2010 when he retired from the House of Commons and was appointed a Life Peer. He was appointed to the Order of Companion of Honour in 2011.
He now divides his time between charity work (he is, inter alia, Chairman of Hospice UK) and business, serving as non-executive Director on several Boards.