William Hague

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BornWilliam Jefferson Hague
Rotherham, United Kingdom
Nationality United Kingdom
Alma materMagdalen College, Oxford, INSEAD
SpouseFfion Jenkins
Member ofLe Cercle, Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies, WEF/Global Leaders for Tomorrow/1994
Described sinister Le Cercle as "a political group which organises conferences."

Employment.png Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party

In office
8 December 2005 - 8 May 2015
Succeeded byGeorge Osborne

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In office
12 May 2010 - 8 May 2015
Preceded byPeter Mandelson
Succeeded byGeorge Osborne

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In office
15 July 2014 - 8 May 2015
Preceded byAndrew Lansley
Succeeded byChris Grayling

Employment.png Shadow Foreign Secretary Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
6 December 2005 - 11 May 2010
Preceded byLiam Fox
Succeeded byDavid Miliband

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In office
19 June 1997 - 13 September 2001
Preceded byJohn Major
Succeeded byIain Duncan Smith

Employment.png Leader of the Conservative Party Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
19 June 1997 - 13 September 2001
Preceded byJohn Major
Succeeded byIain Duncan Smith

Employment.png Secretary of State for Wales Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
5 July 1995 - 2 May 1997

Employment.png Minister of State for the Disabled

In office
20 July 1994 - 5 July 1995

Employment.png Shadow Secretary of State for Wales Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
2 May 1997 - 11 June 1997

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In office
9 October 2015 - Present

William Hague, Baron Hague of Richmond (born 26 March 1961) is a British Conservative politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Richmond in Yorkshire from 1989 to 2015. He was also Leader of the House of Commons from 2014 to 2015, as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from 2010 to 2014,[1] and as Leader of the Conservative Party and Leader of the Opposition from 1997 to 2001.

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 2015 General Election,[2] in which he did not stand for re-election.

Hague was nominated for a life peerage in August 2015.[3][4]

Meteoric rise

Hague was educated at Wath-upon-Dearne Grammar School, the University of Oxford and INSEAD at Fontainebleau in France, eventually being elected to the House of Commons in a by-election in 1989. Hague quickly rose through the ranks of the Major Government and was appointed to the Cabinet in 1995 as Secretary of State for Wales. Following a landslide defeat in the 1997 General Election to the Labour Party, he was elected Leader of the Conservative Party at the age of 36.


He resigned as Conservative leader after the 2001 General Election following a second landslide defeat, at which the Conservatives only made a net gain of one seat; he thus became the first leader of the party since the role came into being in the early 1920s not to become Prime Minister.[5] He returned to the backbenches, beginning a career as an author, writing biographies of William Pitt the Younger and William Wilberforce. He also held several directorships, and worked as a consultant and public speaker.

After David Cameron was elected Leader of the Conservative Party in 2005, Hague rejoined the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Foreign Secretary. He also took on the role of "Senior Member of the Shadow Cabinet", effectively serving as Cameron's deputy.

Return to power

After the formation of the Coalition Government in 2010, Hague was appointed First Secretary of State and Foreign Secretary. Cameron described him as his "de facto political deputy".[6]

Deep politics

Hague is an attendee of Le Cercle, describing it as "a political group which organises conferences."[7]


A Document by William Hague

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
File:London Conference on Libya 2011.pdfstatement29 March 20112011 Attacks on LibyaSummary from the Chair of the London Conference on Libya


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/199814 May 199817 May 1998Scotland
The 46th Bilderberg meeting, held in Scotland, chaired by Peter Carrington
Le Cercle/2002 (Morocco)27 June 20021 July 2002MoroccoWilliam Hague attended
Munich Security Conference/20114 February 20116 February 2011Germany
The 47th Munich Security Conference
WEF/Annual Meeting/201922 January 201925 January 2019Switzerland
WEF/Annual Meeting/202316 January 202320 January 2023SwitzerlandThe theme of the meeting was "Cooperation in a Fragmented World"


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