Frederick Curzon, 7th Earl Howe

For the light music composer, see Frederic Curzon.
The Right Honourable
The Earl Howe
Deputy Leader of the House of Lords
Assumed office
8 May 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron
Theresa May
Leader Baroness Stowell of Beeston
Baroness Evans of Bowes Park
Preceded by Lord Wallace of Tankerness
Minister of State for Defence
Assumed office
May 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron
Theresa May
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
In office
6 May 2010  May 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Anne Keen
Succeeded by The Lord Prior of Brampton
Under-Secretary of State for Defence
In office
Prime Minister John Major
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Agriculture
In office
Prime Minister John Major
Member of the House of Lords
Assumed office
11 November 1999
as an excepted hereditary peer
In office
29 May 1984  11 November 1999
as a hereditary peer
Preceded by Edward Curzon, 6th Earl Howe
Personal details
Born (1951-01-29) 29 January 1951
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Helen Stuart (m. 1983)
Children 4
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford
Occupation Business executive

Frederick Richard Penn Curzon, 7th Earl Howe, PC (born 29 January 1951) is a Conservative front bench member of the House of Lords. He is Minister of State for Defence and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords.

Background and education

Lord Howe was the son of the Royal Navy commander and film actor George Curzon, grandson of Richard Curzon-Howe, 3rd Earl Howe and Jane Victoria Fergusson. 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.[1] 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.

Following the resignation of Lord Strathclyde in January 2013, Earl Howe became the longest continuously serving Conservative frontbencher.[2]

Other public appointments

In 1999 Howe was appointed non-executive chairman of the London and Provincial Antique Dealers' Association (LAPADA),[3] the country's largest trade association for the fine art and antiques trade.

Involved in many charitable commitments, Howe is:

Titles and styles

Personal life

Lord Howe married Elizabeth Helen Stuart, elder daughter of Captain Burleigh Edward St Lawrence Stuart, on 26 March 1983. They have four children:

The family live at Penn House, Penn, Buckinghamshire, seat of the Earls Howe.[9]


  1. "Frederick Howe". Conservatives. Retrieved 7 September 2011.
  2. Sparrow, Andrew (7 January 2013). "Cameron and Clegg publish coalition's mid-term review: Politics live blog". The Guardian. London.
  3. "Directors and Staff List". LAPADA. 18 December 2008. Retrieved 7 September 2011.
  4. "The Society". Chiltern Society. Retrieved 7 September 2011.
  5. "President and vice presidents". Epilepsy Society. Retrieved 7 September 2011.
  6. "Delight as Countess Howe becomes President of epilepsy charity". Epilepsy Society (press release). Retrieved 7 September 2011.
  7. "Epilepsy charity delights in top award for Earl Howe". Epilepsy Society (press release). Retrieved 7 September 2011.
  8. University of Nottingham Alumni
  9. Penn House website
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Edward Richard Assheton Curzon
Earl Howe
2nd creation
Heir apparent:
Viscount Curzon
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