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Geoffrey Howe

(1926-2015), Politician; Deputy Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Foreign Secretary

(Richard Edward) Geoffrey Howe, Baron Howe of Aberavon

Sitter in 11 portraits
Politician. Born at Port Talbot and educated at Winchester and Cambridge, he became a barrister, and became a Queen's Counsel (QC) in 1965. Howe became a Conservative member of Parliament in 1964. He was Margaret Thatcher's Chancellor of the Exchequer (1979-83), Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1983-9), and Leader of the House of Commons and Deputy Prime Minister (1989-90). His resignation, over differences of opinion with Margaret Thatcher over Europe, led to Thatcher's own fall from power. He was created a Life Peer in 1992.

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Geoffrey Howe, by Mark Boxer - NPG 5920(12)

Geoffrey Howe

by Mark Boxer
ink and black crayon, 1985
NPG 5920(12)

Geoffrey Howe, by Nick Sinclair - NPG P563(20)

Geoffrey Howe

by Nick Sinclair
bromide print, 1992
NPG P563(20)

Margaret Thatcher with her Shadow Cabinet , 1975, by Keystone Press Agency Ltd - NPG x194195

Margaret Thatcher with her Shadow Cabinet , 1975

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
vintage print, 20 February 1975
NPG x194195

The Conservative Shadow Cabinet, by Tom Blau - NPG x131958

The Conservative Shadow Cabinet

by Tom Blau
digital chromogenic print, 1977
NPG x131958

Margaret Thatcher and the Cabinet of 1979, by Central Press - NPG x182327

Margaret Thatcher and the Cabinet of 1979

by Central Press
bromide press print, June 1979
NPG x182327

The House of Commons, by Unknown photographer - NPG x27968

The House of Commons

by Unknown photographer
vintage print, 1986-1987
NPG x27968

Geoffrey Howe, by Nick Sinclair - NPG x87069

Geoffrey Howe

by Nick Sinclair
bromide fibre print, circa 1993
NPG x87069

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Geoffrey Howe, Baron Howe

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1955
NPG x89831

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Geoffrey Howe

by Central Press
bromide print
NPG x18601

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