Michael Howard, Baron Howard of Lympne, CH, PC, QC (born 7 July 1941) is a Jewish politician who served as the Leader of the Conservative Party from November 2003 to December 2005. Howard was born in Gorseinon in the northwest of Swansea, Wales. He is the son of Bernat Hecht, who was born in Romania and came to Britain in 1939. His mother, Hilda (Kershion), lived in Wales from the age of 6 months. Both of Howard’s parents were from Jewish families. When Howard was six, the family name, Hecht, was changed to Howard.