William Hague

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The Right Honourable
William Hague
William Hague 2010.jpg
Leader of the House of Commons
In office
14 July 2014 – 8 May 2015
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byAndrew Lansley
Succeeded byChris Grayling
First Secretary of State
In office
12 May 2010 – 8 May 2015
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byLord Mandelson
Succeeded byGeorge Osborne
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
In office
12 May 2010 – 14 July 2014
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byDavid Miliband
Succeeded byPhilip Hammond
Shadow Foreign Secretary
In office
6 December 2005 – 11 May 2010
LeaderDavid Cameron
Preceded byLiam Fox
Succeeded byDavid Miliband
Leader of the Opposition
In office
19 June 1997 – 13 September 2001
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterTony Blair
DeputyPeter Lilley
Michael Portillo
Preceded byJohn Major
Succeeded byIain Duncan Smith
Leader of the Conservative Party
In office
19 June 1997 – 13 September 2001
Preceded byJohn Major
Succeeded byIain Duncan Smith
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
In office
2 May 1997 – 19 June 1997
LeaderJohn Major
Preceded byRon Davies
Succeeded byMichael Ancram
Secretary of State for Wales
In office
5 July 1995 – 2 May 1997
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded byDavid Hunt
Succeeded byRon Davies
Minister of State for the Disabled
In office
20 July 1994 – 5 July 1995
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded byNicholas Scott
Succeeded byAlistair Burt
Member of Parliament
for Richmond (Yorks)
In office
23 February 1989 – 7 May 2015
Preceded byLeon Brittan
Succeeded byRishi Sunak
Majority23,336 (43.7%)
Personal details
BornWilliam Jefferson Hague
(1961-03-26) 26 March 1961 (age 57)
Rotherham, United Kingdom
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Ffion Jenkins (1997–present)
Alma materMagdalen College, Oxford
European Institute of Business Administration
ReligionAnglicanism
WebsiteParliamentary website
Government website

William Jefferson Hague (pronounced HAIG; born March 26, 1961) is a British politician. He was Foreign Secretary and Secretary of State.[1] He was the leader of the Conservative Party from June 1997 to September 2001. He was the Member of Parliament for the Richmond (York) constituency in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom.

William Hague was born in Rotherham in West Riding of Yorkshire, England. He first gained national attention when he spoke at the 1977 Conservative Party conference aged 16. He was educated at the University of Oxford. Hague first became a Member of Parliament at a by-election in 1989. In 1995, William Hague was made the Secretary of State for Wales until 1997 when the Conservatives lost the general election. He was elected as Conservative Party leader in 1997. Following the Conservative's defeat in the 2001 General Election, he resigned from the position and was succeeded by Iain Duncan Smith.

He went on to write biographies of William Pitt the Younger and William Wilberforce. In 2005, when David Cameron became the Conservative Party leader, Hague was made the Shadow Foreign Secretary and Secretary of State.

Hague became the Foreign Secretary after the 2010 election in the Conservative Liberal Democrat coalition government. Issues that he was involved in included the Arab Spring and Syrian Civil War as well as the crisis in Crimea. Hague thinks Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should be removed from power, and the Cameron government wanted to help the opposition with air strikes in 2013, but Parliament did not agree and the plans did not go forward. Hague did not run for reelection in the 2015 election and mostly retired from politics after that. He was made a member of the House of Lords, where he is a member today.

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  1. "Her Majesty's Government". Number10.gov.uk. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  2. "Royal Society of Literature All Fellows". Royal Society of Literature. Retrieved 9 August 2010.