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William Hague
William Hague 2010.jpg
Leader of the House of Commons
Assumed office
14 July 2014
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byAndrew Lansley
First Secretary of State
Assumed office
12 May 2010
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byLord Mandelson
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)
Assumed office
23 February 1989
Preceded byLeon Brittan
Majority23,336 (43.7%)
Personal details
Born
William Jefferson Hague

26 March 1961 (1961-03-26) (age 59)
Rotherham, United Kingdom
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Ffion Jenkins (1997–present)
Alma materMagdalen College, Oxford
European Institute of Business Administration
WebsiteParliamentary website
Government website

William Jefferson Hague (pronounced HAIG; born March 26, 1961) is a British politician and is the current Foreign Secretary and Secretary of State.[1] He was the leader of the Conservative Party from June 1997 to September 2001. He is 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.

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