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Frederick Richard Penn Curzon, 7th Earl Howe (born 29 January 1951) is a Conservative front bench member of the House of Lordsmarker, and is the party's Health spokesman in that house.

Political and professional career

Lord Howe was educated at Rugby Schoolmarker and Christ Church, Oxfordmarker, whence in 1973 he took a degree in Mods and Greats and, according to his Who's Who entry, earned the Chancellor's Prize in Latin Verse.

After leaving University in 1973, he joined Barclays Bank and served in a number of managerial and senior managerial posts both overseas and in London.[156704]

After succeeding his second cousin as 7th Earl Howe, he left banking to concentrate on his Parliamentarymarker activities and on running the family farm (Seagraves Farm Co Ltd) and estate in south Buckinghamshire.

In 1999 he was appointed non-executive Chairman of the London and Provincial Antique Dealers' Association (LAPADA), the country's largest trade association for the fine art and antiques trade.

Involved in many charitable commitments, Lord Howe is:

In 1991, Lord Howe became a Lord in Waiting (Government whip in the House of Lordsmarker) with responsibilities, successively, for transport, employment, defence and environment. Following the 1992 general election he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary (Lords) 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.

He has been opposition spokesman for Health and Social Services in the House of Lords since 1997.

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, Lord Howe was the 6th most popular Conservative peer (Conservatives are by far the largest party grouping of hereditary peers).

Apart from his frontbench responsibilities, Lord Howe's 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.

Personal life: ancestry, lineage, and family

He was born on 29 January 1951 to Royal Navy Commander and film actor, George Curzon, grandson of the 3rd Earl Howe, and Jane Victoria Fergusson.

On March 26, 1983, Earl Howe married Elizabeth Helen Stuart, elder daughter of Captain Burleigh Edward St Lawrence Stuart . He inherited the title upon the death of his second cousin, Edward Richard Assheton Curzon, 6th Earl Howe, on May 29, 1984.

Both the 6th and present Earl Howe are great grandsons of Richard William Penn Curzon-Howe, the 3rd Earl (1822-1900).

Earl Howe is great-great-grandson of Richard Curzon-Howe, the 1st Earl Howe of the second creation.

The Earl and Countess Howe have four children:

Thomas Edward Penn Curzon, as the heir apparent to his father, is entitled to use the courtesy title Viscount Curzon




Who's Who

External links

Lord Howe is associated with the following bodies:

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