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Howard's gratitude

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2004-10-06

Michael Howard

Michael Howard

Conservative leader Michael Howard has said if it wasn't for Winston Churchill and Britain, it is likely he would have have gone to his death in a concentration camp.

During his speech at the annual Conservative party conference in Bournemouth, Mr Howard
revealed the plight of his grandmother who was killed in a concentration camp by the Nazis.

He said: "My grandmother was one of those killed in the concentration camps. If it hadn't been for Winston Churchill, and if it hadn't been for Britain, I would have been one of them too. That's why when I say I owe everything I am to this country, I really do mean it."

The Tory leader whose family came from Romania and was born in Wales says he will always be grateful for being born in Britain and the opportunities it has given him.

"When I say I owe everything I am to this country, I really do mean it. I owe my life to it."