Kim Howells

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Person.png Kim Howells   PowerbaseRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(diplomat, politician)
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Born27 November 1946
Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
Alma materMiddlesex University, University of Warwick, Anglia Ruskin University
SpouseEirlys Davies

Employment.png Chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee

In office
3 October 2008 - 24 February 2010

Employment.png Minister of State for Education

In office
10 September 2004 - 11 May 2005
Succeeded byAndrew Adonis

Employment.png UK/Minister of State for Transport

In office
13 June 2003 - 10 September 2004

Employment.png Member of Parliament for Pontypridd

In office
23 February 1989 - 12 April 2010

Kim Howells was the former Middle East junior Foreign Minister in Tony Blair's cabinet and a former chair of the Labour Friends of Israel. Howells is also a former Culture Secretary (2003).

On the Middle East Howells is one of the most quoted politicians in the UK government.

"War On Terror"

Full article: War On Terror

Mr. Howells asked in a 2015 interview "Do you want to feel liberated enough to allow your children to walk down the street as they've done for generations, or are you so worried about them that you're going to demand very special protection so that they're not murdered on the streets by some religious fanatic? That is something society has got to decide on."[1]

Defending Israel

According to the Guardian, he "shocked UK diplomats" when he told the Jerusalem Post that 'rocket and artillery attacks on the Gaza Strip were a "measured" and "proportionate" response to Palestinian mortar attacks on Israel'. This at a time when "British diplomats were lodging complaints over dozens of attacks on Gaza that destroyed schools and homes and the use of sonic booms to intimidate Palestinian civilians".


  • July 2007: Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom[2]
  • 2003 - June 2007: Junior Foreign Office Minister, looking after Africa, Asia and the UN. (replaced by Mark Malloch Brown).
  • 2005 - Present: Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Present: Minister for the Middle East


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