06 October 2004
At his Conservative party's annual conference, British opposition leader Michael Howard has spoken of his background as the son of Jewish refugees from Romania who fled the Holocaust. Howard recalled how his grandmother and other members of his family died in a Nazi concentration camp, and added "if it hadn't been for Winston Churchill, and if it hadn't been for Britain, I would have been one of them, too". Moving some delegates in the hall to tears, the Tory leader said in his traditional leader's speech that he owed everything to his country and wanted to give "just a bit back in return for what Britain has given me". However, Howard also promised a tough stance on asylum and illegal immigration.
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