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Paul Howell (politician)

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Paul Frederick Howell (17 January 1951 – 20 September 2008) was a British politician who served as a Conservative Party Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Norfolk from 1979 to 1994.


Born in King's Lynn, the son of Sir Ralph Howell MP, he was educated at Gresham's School, Holt and St Edmund Hall, Oxford.

After Oxford, Howell devoted much of his early career to the Conservative Party, first in its Research Department (1973–1975), and later as an MEP. Generally on the liberal wing of the Party, he was a member of the Tory Reform Group. After losing his Norfolk constituency in the 1994 European election, he went into business as chairman of Riceman Insurance Investments plc. Always a pro-European, the rise of the Euro-sceptics in the Conservative Party led him to join the Liberal Democrats.

Howell died with at least five other people when a Piper Seneca aircraft he was in crashed on a beach just short of Beira, the second largest city in Mozambique. He had been looking at agricultural business interests in South Africa and Mozambique.[1]

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  1. ^ Maslin, Elaine (23 September 2008). "Former MEP Paul Howell killed in South Africa plane crash". EDP24. Archived from the original on 29 September 2008. Retrieved 15 October 2018.