John Howell (politician)

John Michael Howell OBE FSA FRGS MP (born 27 July 1955)[1] is a British Conservative politician. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Henley, having won the seat in the 2008 Henley by-election.

John Howell

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Member of Parliament
for Henley
Assumed office
27 June 2008
Preceded byBoris Johnson
Majority14,053 (23.9%)
Personal details
Born (1955-07-27) 27 July 1955 (age 64)
Wandsworth, London, England
Political partyConservative
Alison Parker (m. 1987)
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh, St John's College, Oxford

Early lifeEdit

Howell was born in Wandsworth.[2] He studied at the University of Edinburgh and holds a doctorate in archaeology from St John's College, Oxford.[3]


He worked as a tax inspector (1982–1985) for the Inland Revenue (now known as HM Revenue and Customs) before moving into the world of accountancy and consultancy as a tax adviser at Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young. He became a partner in Ernst & Young in 1990.[citation needed]

Howell has been a presenter for BBC World and was a councillor on Oxfordshire County Council from 2004 to 2009. In 2000, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for "services to Export in Central and Eastern Europe."[4]

Following the 2010 General Election, Howell was appointed the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the House of Commons and the Lord Privy Seal, then Sir George Young, Bt. MP.[5] He served on the Work and Pensions Select Committee and Justice Committee[6]

In 2012 Howell reported receiving death threats after responding to a question on whether he would be acting to try to halt Israeli military actions with a reference to Hamas rocket attacks in an online exchange.[7][8]

Howell is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Royal Geographical Society.[3]

Howell was opposed to Brexit prior to the 2016 referendum.[9]


  • Settlement and Economy in Neolithic Northern France, British Archaeological Reports, 1983. ISBN 978-0-86054-199-8.
  • Understanding Eastern Europe: The Context of Change, 1994. ISBN 978-0-74941-510-5.


  1. ^ "Howell, John Michael, (born 27 July 1955), MP (C) Henley, since June 2008". Who's Who. 2008. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.247248.
  2. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b "About John". John Howell MP. Archived from the original on 14 September 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2011. External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "No. 55710". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1999. p. 14.
  5. ^ UK Parliament Biographies - John Howell, OBE MP Archived 27 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "John Howell". UK Parliament. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  7. ^ "MP's fear over death threats". Henley Standard. 26 March 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  8. ^ "30 March 2012". Bucks Herald. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  9. ^ Goodenough, Tom (16 February 2016). "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn't and who is still on the fence?". The Spectator. Retrieved 11 October 2016.

External linksEdit

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Boris Johnson
Member of Parliament for Henley