Kim Howells

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Kim Howells
(diplomat, politician)
Born 27 November 1946
Wikipedia page Kim Howells

Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

In office
11 May 2005 - 6 October 2008

Minister of State for Education

In office
10 September 2004 - 11 May 2005

Minister of State for Transport

In office
13 June 2003 - 10 September 2004

Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Culture,  Media and Sport

In office
11 June 2001 - 13 June 2003

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.

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[1]
  • 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



  1. Darfur, Somalia high on Security Council agenda as members hold historic summit on peace, security in Africa, ReliefWeb, 25 Sep 2007 (Accessed: 27 September 2007)