William Hague

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William Hague

British politician, who is the current Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State add

Category: Politics

Born in 1961.

Countries: United Kingdom (71%), United States (9%), Syria (2%)

Main connections: Michael Howard, Iain Duncan Smith, David Cameron

Linked to: Conservative Party, Leaders of the Conservative Party, Daily Mail, Department of Social Security

 

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William Hague was born in 1961 add something


1977

He first made the national news at the age of 16 by speaking at the Conservative Party's 1977 national conference add something


1982

Kevin Brennan (politician) - He graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 1982, and was elected President of the Oxford Union in the same year with support from William Hague who preferred Brennan's candidacy over others from the left of the Conservative faction in the Union


1987

He was first an unsuccessful parliamentary candidate for Wentworth in 1987, but was elected to Parliament in a by-election in 1989 as member for Richmond, North Yorkshire, succeeding former Home Secretary Leon Brittan add something


1989

Educated at Wath-upon-Dearne Grammar School, a state grammar school, the University of Oxford and INSEAD, Hague was first elected to the House of Commons in a by-election in 1989 add something

 

In Parliament, he has represented the constituency of Richmond since 1989 add something

 

Richmond (Yorks) (UK Parliament constituency) - The seat has been represented since a by-election in 1989 by William Hague, former Leader of the Opposition and current Foreign Secretary

 

Richmond (Yorks) (UK Parliament constituency) - "'Richmond "' is a constituency in North Yorkshire represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1989 by William Hague, a Conservative

 

Richmond (Yorks) (UK Parliament constituency) - The ensuing by-election, held in February 1989, was won by William Hague, this was the last by-election won by a Conservative candidate during the Conservative Government 1979-1997


1990

Despite having only recently entered Parliament, Hague became part of the government in 1990, serving as Parliamentary Private Secretary for the Chancellor of the Exchequer Norman Lamont add something


1993

After Lamont was sacked in 1993, Hague moved to the Department of Social Security where he was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State add something


1995

Hague rose through the ranks of John Major's government and entered the Cabinet in 1995 as the Secretary of State for Wales add something

 

He entered the Cabinet in 1995 as Secretary of State for Wales add something


1997

Between 1997 and 2002 William Hague was the chairman of the International Democrat Union add something

 

Following the 1997 general election defeat, Hague was elected as the leader of the Conservative Party in succession to John Major, defeating more experienced figures such as Kenneth Clarke and Michael Howard add something

 

Following the Conservatives' defeat in the 1997 general election, he was elected as leader of the Conservative Party add something

 

He continued serving in the Cabinet until the Conservatives were removed from power in the 1997 general election add something

 

Indeed, Portillo had been widely tipped to be the party's next leader before dramatically losing his seat in parliament in the 1997 general election, only to regain his place there in a by-election win two years later add something

 

William Hague married Ffion Jenkins at the House of Commons Crypt in 1997 add something

 

He served as Leader of the Conservative Party from June 1997 to September 2001 add something

 

Tim Rathbone - After losing his seat to the Liberal Democrats in the 1997 general election he became chairman of Sponsorship Consultancy Ltd. and in August 1998, was expelled from the Conservative Party by William Hague for his support of the breakaway Pro-Euro Conservative Party

 

Alan Duncan - After several minor positions in the government of John Major, he played a key role in William Hague's successful bid for the Conservative leadership in 1997

 

Ann Widdecombe - After the fall of the Conservative government to Labour in 1997, she served as Shadow Health Secretary between 1998 and 1999 and later as Shadow Home Secretary between 1999 and 2001 under William Hague

 

George Osborne - Between 1997 and 2001, he worked for Conservative leader William Hague as a speechwriter and Political Secretary

 

Iain Duncan Smith - Duncan Smith remained on the backbenches until 1997, when the new Conservative leader William Hague brought him into the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Social Security Secretary

 

Alan Duncan - Duncan was a key player in the 1997 leadership contest, being the right-hand man of William Hague, the eventual winner

 

Michael Howard - Following the 1997 resignation of John Major, Howard and William Hague announced they would be running on the same ticket, with Howard as leader and Hague as Deputy Leader and Party Chairman

 

Philip Hammond - In Parliament he served on the environment, transport and the regions select committee from 1997 until he was promoted to the front bench by William Hague in 1998 as a spokesman on health

 

Ann Widdecombe - In 1997, during the Conservative leadership election of William Hague, Widdecombe spoke out against Michael Howard, under whom she had served when he was Home Secretary

 

John Maples, Baron Maples - Maples was a member of William Hague's shadow cabinet from 1997 to 2000, holding the Health, Defence and Foreign Policy briefs in succession

 

Clarissa Eden, Countess of Avon - Until William Hague married 29-year old Ffion Jenkins in 1997, Lady Avon had been the youngest spouse of a leader of the modern Conservative Party

 

Damian Green - While a backbencher, he was a member of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee from 1997 until his appointment to the frontbench by William Hague in 1998 as a spokesman on education and employment

 

George Gardiner (politician) - After William Hague became Conservative party leader in June 1997, Gardiner rejoined the Conservative party

 

John Major - Following his resignation as Prime Minister, Major briefly became Leader of the Opposition, and Shadow Foreign Secretary , and remained in this post until the election of William Hague as leader of the Conservative Party in June 1997

 

David Lidington - In June 1997, with the Conservatives in opposition, he became Parliamentary Private Secretary to Leader of the Opposition William Hague


1998

During the 1998 Conservative Party Conference in Bournemouth, the tabloid "Sun's" front page read , "This party is no more add something

 

Hague first used the expression when he was Conservative leader in 1998 - and said in an interview with the Spectator he had been proved right add something

 

David Hacking, 3rd Baron Hacking - Having sat as a Conservative, in 1998 he defected to Labour over the European and law and order policies of party leader William Hague

 

Michael Ashcroft, Baron Ashcroft - In the UK, he was a major donor to and Treasurer of the Conservative Party from 1998 to 2001, under William Hague

 

Cherry Drummond, 16th Baroness Strange - She held traditional conservative views, but resigned the Conservative Party whip in December 1998 when William Hague dismissed Lord Cranborne for negotiating with Tony Blair on reform of the House of Lords


1999

Despite this, Hague steered the Tories to excellent results in the European parliament election in June 1999, where they gained 36 MEPs next to Labour's 29 add something

 

Daniel Hannan - After stints as a speech-writer for Michael Howard and William Hague, Hannan was elected to the European Parliament at the 1999 election

 

Edward Young (courtier) - From 1999 to 2001 he was advisor to the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Michael Portillo and to the Leader of the Opposition, William Hague

 

Teresa May - From 1999 to 2010, May served in a number of roles in the Shadow Cabinets of William Hague, Iain_Duncan_Smith, Michael Howard, and David Cameron, including Shadow Transport Secretary and Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary

 

Michael Ashcroft, Baron Ashcroft - In 1999, Ashcroft was first nominated by Conservative Party leader and friend William Hague for the Lords

 

Phil Hammond (comedian) - In 1999, he was reported to the General Medical Council by William Hague's Press Secretary over an article he wrote about Hague's slow recovery from a cold

 

Michael Portillo - Returning to the Commons through a by-election in Kensington and Chelsea in 1999, Portillo rejoined the front bench as Shadow Chancellor, although his relationship with Conservative Leader William Hague was strained


2000

Hague's authority was put in doubt with the promotion of Michael Portillo to the role of Shadow Chancellor in 2000 add something

 

Michael Portillo - On 1 February 2000, William Hague promoted Portillo to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Chancellor

 

Sebastian Coe - He returned to politics for a short time as Leader of the Opposition William Hague's chief of staff, having accepted the offer of a Life Peerage on 16 May 2000


2001

From and until the 2001 General Election Hague's supporters, led by Amanda Platell, fought an increasingly bitter battle with those of Portillo add something

 

He resigned as party leader after the 2001 general election following a landslide defeat to the Labour Party add something

 

In the 2001 election the Conservative Party had gained only one seat from their disastrous 1997 election add something

 

Labour Party (UK) - Combined with a Conservative opposition that had yet to organise effectively under William Hague, and the continuing popularity of Blair, Labour went on to win the 2001 election with a similar majority, dubbed the "quiet landslide" by the media

 

Iain Duncan Smith - Duncan Smith succeeded William Hague as Conservative Leader in 2001, winning the leadership election partly on the support of Margaret Thatcher for his Eurosceptic ideology

 

Andrew Tyrie - Following the 2001 general election, in which New Labour were elected to a second term in government, William Hague announced that he would stand down from the leadership role; Tyrie became Ken Clarke's campaign manager in the resultant leadership election

 

Raymond Robertson (politician) - In 2001, he resigned after unsuccessfully contesting the Eastwood constituency at the 2001 general election and the subsequent resignation of William Hague MP, the Conservative Party leader

 

Co-Operative Party - In 2001, only one candidate was defeated: Faye Tinnion, who had stood against the Leader of the Conservative Party, William Hague

 

Conservative Party (UK) - This may have resulted in William Hague's and Michael Howard's pre-election swings to the right in 2001 and 2005, as well as the election of the stop-Kenneth Clarke candidate Iain Duncan Smith in 2001

 

David Maclean - Under William Hague's leadership in opposition, he returned to the backbenches until 2001, when the new leader Iain Duncan Smith promoted him to opposition Chief Whip


2003

Along with former Prime Minister John Major, former Chancellor Kenneth Clarke, and Hague's successor Iain Duncan Smith, Hague served for a time on the Conservative Leadership Council, which was itself set up by Michael Howard upon his unopposed election as Conservative Party Leader in 2003 add something


2004

Other subsequent activities have included writing an in-depth biography of 18th century Prime Minister Pitt the Younger , teaching himself how to play the piano, and hosting the 25th anniversary programme for $Radio_4 (BBC_Radio_4) on the political television satire "Yes Minister" in 2005 add something


2005

After David Cameron was elected leader of the Conservative Party in 2005, Hague returned to front line politics as shadow foreign secretary add something

 

Following the 2005 General Election, the Conservative Party leader Michael Howard offered Hague the post of Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, but he turned the post down add something

 

His income was previously estimated at £1 million annually, but he dropped several commitments and in effect took a salary cut of some £600,000 on becoming Shadow Foreign Secretary in 2005 add something

 

In the 2005 Conservative leadership election Hague backed eventual winner David Cameron add something

 

On 6 December 2005, David Cameron was elected leader of the Conservative party add something


2006

Hague again deputised for Cameron for several sessions in 2006 add something

 

Further, on 15 February 2006, Hague stood in during David Cameron's paternity leave at Prime Minister's Questions add something


2007

In June 2007 he published his second book, a biography of the anti-slave trade campaigner William Wilberforce, shortlisted for the 2008 Orwell Prize for political writing add something


2008

Peter Mandelson - On 26 October 2008, the Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague claimed the "whole country" wanted "transparency" about Mandelson's previous meetings with Deripaska


2010

Later in 2010, upon Cameron becoming Prime Minister, Hague took on the roles of First Secretary of State and Foreign Secretary add something

 

In August 2010, Hague set out a values based foreign policy add something

 

In early September 2010, a number of newspapers including "The Daily Telegraph", "The Independent" and "Daily Mail" published stories about the fallout from allegations surrounding Hague's friendship with 25-year-old Christopher Myers, a history graduate from Durham University whom he employed as a parliamentary special adviser add something

 

On 1 September 2010, Myers resigned from his position in the light of the press allegations add something

 

John Bercow - William Hague will lecture in December 2012

 

Tullow Oil - Both William Hague and Michael Gove were said to have connections to Tullow; Hague reportedly telephoned the president of Uganda to lobby for the firm's £175 million tax bill to be waived, while Tullow's CEO, Aidan Heavey, donated £10,000 to education secretary Gove before the 2010 general election

 

Michael Ashcroft, Baron Ashcroft - He was nominated by Conservative party leader William Hague on the condition that he became a UK resident although at the beginning of 2010 he announced his "non-domiciled" tax status

 

Liam Fox - Fox was appointed as Secretary of State for Defence in the cabinet of David Cameron on 12 May 2010 and that weekend flew out to Afghanistan with the Foreign Secretary, William Hague and the International Development Secretary, Andrew Mitchell to see first hand the issues facing the troops based there

 

Paul Staines - Staines was criticised by Iain Dale and Michael White in September 2010 for publishing rumours about William Hague, alleging that he shared a hotel room with his newly appointed special advisor


2011

In February 2011 security forces in the Bahrain dispersed thousands of anti-government protesters at Pearl Square in the centre of the capital, Manama add something

 

In March 2011 Hague said in a speech to business leaders that the examples being set in north Africa and the Middle East will ultimately transform the relationship between governments and their populations in the region add something

 

" However, in March 2011, Hague was criticized for increasing financial aid to Pakistan despite persecution of its Christian minority add something

 

Hague, on his way to Qatar summit in April 2011, called for intensified sanctions on the Libyan government and for a clear statement that Gaddafi must go add something

 

In June 2011 Hague dismissed Tony Blair's vision for an elected head of the European Union by insisting that member states have more pressing priorities than further "constitutional tinkering" add something

 

In June 2011, Hague said that Britain helped initiate distasteful peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan add something

 

In September 2011 Hague has said the euro is "a burning building with no exits" for some of the countries which adopted the currency add something

 

Secret Intelligence Service - On 16 November 2011 SIS warned the national transitional council in Benghazi after discovering details of planned strikes, said foreign secretary William Hague


2012

In February 2012 Hague has warned in a BBC interview about Iran's "increasing willingness to contemplate" terrorism around the world add something

 

On 24 February 2012 Hague recognised the Syrian National Council as a "legitimate representative" of the country add something

 

In March 2012 Hague ordered the evacuation of all British diplomats from Syria and closed the UK embassy in Damascus because of mounting security threats add something

 

The 2 April 2012 marked the 30th anniversary of the start of the 1982 Falklands War add something

 

In June 2012 Hague stood in for Cameron at PMQ's when both Cameron and Deputy PM Nick Clegg were out of the country add something

 

Hague set out his plans, on 12 June 2012, for the reintroduction of home rule in the Turks and Caicos Islands, where direct rule of the governor had been in place since the islands had been subject to corruption and maladministration under the previous local government add something

 

August 2012 William Hague stated Julian Assange, from Wikileaks organization, would not get political asylum from United Kingdom add something

 

The previous night President Obama told Americans that the tide of war is receding as he announced plans to withdraw 33,000 US troops from Afghanistan by September 2012 add something

 

Aung San Suu Kyi - On 5 January 2012, British Foreign Minister William Hague met Aung San Suu Kyi and his Burmese counterpart

 

Free Syrian Army - In February 2012, British foreign secretary William Hague said that Britain was prepared to send advanced communications equipment to the FSA to help them coordinate their forces, but did not mention supplying weapons

 

Ricardo Patino - On September 27, 2012, Patiño had a meeting with the British Foreign Minister, William Hague


2013

In January 2013 he visited New Zealand, where he had talks with Foreign Minister Murray McCully and leader of the opposition David Shearer add something

 

On 29 August 2013, the British parliament refused to support the British government's plan to participate in military strikes against the Syrian regime in the wake of a chemical-weapons attack at Ghouta add something

 

Tullow Oil - In March 2013, British government ministers were implicated in receiving business-related donations from oil and resources companies including Tullow Oil. A report by the World Development Movement alleged "that one third of ministers in the UK government are linked to the finance and energy companies driving climate change" and that "Government figures were embroiled in the nexus of money and power fuelling climate change include William Hague, George Osborne, Michael Gove, Oliver Letwin, Vince Cable and Prime Minister David Cameron himself


2014

On 14 July 2014, Hague stood down as Foreign Secretary to become Leader of the House of Commons in preparation for his planned retirement from parliament, after 26 years as an MP, at the next United Kingdom general election expected in 2015 add something


2015

He will stand down from parliament at the 2015 General Election add something

 

He was nominated for a life peerage in August 2015 add something

 

Hague was made a Life Peer in the 2015 Dissolution Honours List on 9 October 2015 add something

 

Hague was made a Life Peer in the 2015 Dissolution Honours List on 9 October 2015 add something

 

London School of Economics - In February 2015, Angelina Jolie and William Hague launched the UK's first academic Centre on Women, Peace and Security, based at the School


2016

His childhood nurse, Bessie Camm, went on to be the oldest living person in Britain from 2016 until her death on 11 May 2018, at age 113 add something