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William Jefferson Hague (pronounced HAIG; born March 26, 1961) is a British politician and is the current Foreign Secretary and Secretary of State. 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.
- The Spectator's "Parliamentarian of the Year Award" (1998)
- History Book of the Year in the 2005 British Book Awards, for William Pitt the Younger
- The Spectator's 'Speech of the Year Award' (2007)
- The Trustees Award at the 2008 Longman/History Today Awards
- Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature (2009)
- "Her Majesty’s Government". Number10.gov.uk. http://www.number10.gov.uk/news/topstorynews/2010/05/her-majestys-government-49840. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
- "Royal Society of Literature All Fellows". Royal Society of Literature. http://www.rslit.org/content/fellows. Retrieved 9 August 2010.