Lord Howarth of Newport

Labour Peer

General Election 2024

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Labour Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 22 June 2005

Previously MP for Newport East until 11 April 2005 — did not stand for re-election

Positions held at time of appointment: Member of Parliament for Stratford-upon-Avon, 1983-1997 and for Newport East, 1997-2005. Parliament Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Science, 1989-1992; Education and Employment, 1997-1998 and at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, 1998-2001. (from Number 10 press release)

Entered the House of Commons on 9 June 1983 — General election

Also represented Newport East; Stratford-on-Avon


Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Constitution Committee ( 1 Jul 2019 to 31 Jan 2023)
  • Member, Political Polling and Digital Media Committee (29 Jun 2017 to 20 Mar 2018)
  • Member, Intergovernmental Organisations Committee (15 Nov 2007 to 7 Jul 2008)
  • Member, Intelligence and Security (Cabinet Office) Committee (28 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
  • Member, Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (30 Jul 2001 to 11 Jul 2005)
  • Member, Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (30 Jul 2001 to 11 Jul 2005)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Culture, Media & Sport (28 Jul 1998 to 11 Jun 2001)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Arts) (28 Jul 1998 to 7 Jun 2001)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education and Employment) ( 6 May 1997 to 28 Jul 1998)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Employment and Equal Opportunities), Department for Education and Employment ( 5 May 1997 to 28 Jul 1998)
  • Member, Social Security Committee (27 Nov 1995 to 21 Mar 1997)
  • Member, National Heritage Committee (27 Apr 1992 to 17 Jan 1994)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Education and Science) (24 Jul 1989 to 28 Nov 1992)
  • The Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury (27 Jul 1988 to 24 Jul 1989)
  • Assistant Whip (HM Treasury) (18 Jun 1987 to 25 Jul 1988)
  • Vice-Chair, Conservative Party ( 1 Jul 1980 to 1 Jul 1981)

Recent appearances

  • EU Imports and Exports: Food and Agricultural Products - Question for Short Debate 2 May 2024

    My Lords, this is a wretched affair and, I will argue, an unnecessary one. A mass of our businesses are unable to plan because they simply do not know what the compliance requirements or timescale of the new system of import controls will be. They know only that the bureaucratic burdens and costs will be onerous, especially for SMEs, to the point that not a few will go out of business. I was...
  • Higher Education - Motion to Take Note 7 Mar 2024

    My Lords, Britain’s universities remain a jewel in our crown. It is enormously to the credit of academics that it is so, considering the headwinds against which they are struggling. They have been casualties of the Government’s chronic mismanagement of the economy, as well as their peculiar unwillingness to invest in education. When you have such precious assets as 25 universities in the...
  • Arts - Motion to Take Note 1 Feb 2024

    My Lords, I declare my interests as chair of the National Centre for Creative Health—a charity independent of government —and as co-chair of the All-Party Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing. Since the APPG published its report, Creative Health, in 2017, the term “creative health” has become increasingly familiar in the worlds of healthcare, social care and culture. It denotes...

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