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The Right Honourable
The Lord Hague of Richmond
PC FRSL
First Secretary of State
In office
12 May 2010 â€“ 8 May 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by The Lord Mandelson
Succeeded by George Osborne
Leader of the House of Commons
In office
15 July 2014 â€“ 8 May 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron
Deputy Tom Brake
Preceded by Andrew Lansley
Succeeded by Chris Grayling
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
In office
12 May 2010 â€“ 14 July 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by David Miliband
Succeeded by Philip Hammond
Senior Member of the Shadow Cabinet
In office
8 December 2005 â€“ 11 May 2010
Leader David Cameron
Preceded by Michael Ancram (Deputy Leader of the Opposition)
Succeeded by Jack Straw (Shadow Deputy Prime Minister)
Shadow Foreign Secretary
In office
6 December 2005 â€“ 11 May 2010
Leader David Cameron
Preceded by Liam Fox
Succeeded by David Miliband
Leader of the Opposition
In office
19 June 1997 â€“ 13 September 2001
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by John Major
Succeeded by Iain Duncan Smith
Leader of the Conservative Party
In office
19 June 1997 â€“ 13 September 2001
Deputy Peter Lilley
Michael Portillo
Preceded by John Major
Succeeded by Iain Duncan Smith
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
In office
2 May 1997 â€“ 11 June 1997
Leader John Major
Preceded by Ron Davies
Succeeded by Michael Ancram (Constitutional Affairs)
Shadow Constitutional Affairs Spokesperson
In office
2 May 1997 â€“ 11 June 1997
Served alongside Michael Howard
Leader John Major
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Michael Ancram
Secretary of State for Wales
In office
5 July 1995 â€“ 2 May 1997
Prime Minister John Major
Preceded by David Hunt
Succeeded by Ron Davies
Minister of State for the Disabled
In office
20 July 1994 â€“ 5 July 1995
Prime Minister John Major
Preceded by Nicholas Scott
Succeeded by Alistair Burt
Undersecretary of State for Social Security
In office
27 May 1993 â€“ 20 July 1994
Alongside Alistair Burt & Lord Henley (1993)
Alistair Burt & Viscount Astor (1993-94)
Prime Minister John Major
Preceded by Ann Widdecombe
Alistair Burt
Lord Henley
Succeeded by Roger Evans
James Arbuthnot
Alistair Burt
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer
In office
28 November 1990 â€“ 27 May 1993
Prime Minister John Major
Preceded by Graham Bright
Succeeded by Phillip Oppenheim
Member of Parliament
for Richmond (Yorks)
In office
23 February 1989 â€“ 30 March 2015
Preceded by Leon Brittan
Succeeded by Rishi Sunak
Personal details
Born William Jefferson Hague
(1961-03-26) 26 March 1961 (age 55)
Rotherham, England, UK
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Ffion Jenkins (m. 1997)
Alma mater Magdalen College, Oxford
INSEAD
Religion Anglicanism
Website Lords website

Britain does not normally these days play a huge part in peacekeeping.
Inspiring scenes of people taking the future of their countries into their own hands will ignite greater demands for good governance and political reform elsewhere in the world, including in Asia and in Africa.
William Hague
Syria should not belong to one family, to one coterie, or to one party. It belongs to all the people of Syria equally, in all their religious and ethnic diversity.
William Hague
People feel that the EU is a one-way process, a great machine that sucks up decision-making from national parliaments to the European level until everything is decided by the EU. That needs to change.
William Hague
Egypt is a sovereign nation.
Governments that use violence to stop democratic development will not earn themselves respite forever. They will pay an increasingly high price for actions which they can no longer hide from the world with ease, and will find themselves on the wrong side of history.
William Hague
Let's not be afraid to speak the common sense truth: you can't have high standards without good discipline.
William Hague
We have to face the reality of climate change. It is arguably the biggest threat we are facing today.
William Hague
The message I take all round the world is Britain is open for business.
If there's one thing above all that sets me apart from Tony Blair it is this – I am not embarrassed to articulate the instincts of the British people.
William Hague
Obviously a Conservative government will always leave taxes lower than they have been under Labour. Those things go with the territory of the Conservative Party.
William Hague
To the teacher weighed down with paperwork, I say: you've been messed around too often. You came into teaching to spend your time teaching children not filling in forms.
William Hague
Very few conflicts in the history of the world have been satisfactorily concluded according to a published timetable, because you lose all flexibility in dealing with your opponents.
William Hague
When a Cabinet Minister who is sacked for telling lies is re-appointed, in the face of every constitutional convention, only for the same man to be sacked again from the same Cabinet for the same offence by the same Prime Minister no wonder the public are cynical about politics.
William Hague
Spending only what the country can afford, rewarding savings, encouraging independence, supporting marriage: people know that these things are common sense.
William Hague
We are making progress militarily, there is no doubt about that. You've seen the reports from Misrata, although reports of the Gaddafi forces completely pulling out of Misrata seem to be exaggerated.
William Hague
I still agree with the invasion of Iraq. I don't agree with most of the decisions that accompanied it.
William Hague
Ambition is best tempered with self-knowledge!
It must be quite rare for an interviewer to be interviewed.
Well, if you're looking for me to lead a normal representative life, well good luck finding a foreign secretary who'd be like that – totally dependant on the political system and has never earned any money. Then you'll get the politicians you deserve.
William Hague
It is the mission of the next Conservative Government to build the Responsible Society.
William Hague
I've always been opposed myself to prisoners having the vote.
I trust the people.
Turning away Turkey from the EU would be a great, long-term – a century-long – error by Europe.
William Hague
The EU should be concentrated on adapting to globalisation and global competitiveness, not building more powerful centralised institutions in Brussels.
William Hague
I think Britain would be alright, if only we had a different Government.
I have found that I get a better reaction from people once I am less bothered about their reaction.
William Hague
Yes, I've never inherited a penny!
You have to have as many defences in place as you possibly can. But even then of course – and it's important to stress this – you cannot guarantee being able to prevent every attack or every kind of attack.
William Hague
The British retreat is over and now the advance will begin.
I know people are fickle.
The EU is not a country and it's not going to become a country, in my view, now or ever in the future. It is a group of countries working together.
William Hague
Someone once claimed I was not really a Yorkshireman!
People know that you can't spend more than you have.
It's really necessary for the United States to continue to give strong leadership to the Middle East peace process, supported by European countries at the same time.
William Hague
One day I will go back to my books and piano, but not yet.
The appalling crackdown that we witnessed in Hama and other Syrian cities on 30 and 31 July only erode the regime's legitimacy and increase resentment. In the absence of an end to the senseless violence and a genuine process of political reform, we will continue to pursue further EU sanctions.
William Hague
People feel that in too many ways the EU is something that is done to them, not something over which they have a say.
William Hague
I described the euro as a burning building with no exits and so it has proved for some of the countries in it.
William Hague
Labour have been listening for too long to the so-called experts who think that competition is a dirty word and that communicating facts to our children is elitist.
William Hague
Iran's continued, widespread persecution of ethnic minorities, human rights defenders and political prisoners is a disgrace and stands as a shameful indictment of Iran's leaders.
William Hague
I'm not, nor is anybody I know in government part of a nasty right wing clique.
William Hague
I believe we should reframe our response to climate change as an imperative for growth rather than merely being a way of being green or meeting environmental commitments.
William Hague
We're not getting involved in terms of sending ground forces into Libya. Let's be clear about that. And indeed the UN Resolution forbids that. It says no foreign occupation of any part of Libya.
William Hague
When we have a Deputy Prime Minister who tells people not to drive cars but has two Jags himself, and where the Minister who tells people not to have two homes turns out to have nine himself no wonder the public believe politicians are hypocrites.
William Hague
We hope that the long darkness through which the Burmese people have lived may now be coming to an end.
William Hague
I have always thought that foreign-policy idealism has to be tempered with realism.
William Hague
Unless there is meaningful change in Syria and an end to the crackdown, President Assad and those around him will find themselves isolated internationally and discredited within Syria.
William Hague
The people of Britain want a Home Secretary who will give them back their streets. They want a Home Secretary who will speak up for the victim, not the criminal.
William Hague
I think the way things have been left after Iraq is that people won't believe the Government of the day, so they have to know that lessons have been learnt and that all political parties and people, whether they were for or against the invasion of Iraq, have learnt lessons.
William Hague
I don't think my principles change. I think the way in which you apply those principles to modern society changes.
William Hague
To the hard-working people who set a little bit aside each month, to provide for their children, or to fund their own retirement, I say: you should be rewarded not punished.
William Hague
I don't deny that there are problems in the intelligence world, but I would argue that in the UK we try to uphold the highest standards in the world.
William Hague
I'm going to reduce the size of the Cabinet, cut the number of ministers, reduce the size of the House of Commons, campaign for a European Parliament with 100 fewer members, halve the number of political advisers, and abolish a huge swathe of Labour's regional bureaucracies and agencies and their offices in Brussels.
William Hague
Where defining foreign policy as 'ethical' went wrong was that it implied that all decisions would be exclusive in every respect of any dealings with unethical regimes.
William Hague
There is no budget for travel for a Shadow Foreign Secretary.
A generation of children has been betrayed.
Elected presidents are for countries.
In my view what you can't argue for is a system that is neither decisive nor proportional and can be indecisive and disproportionate at the same time.
William Hague
When you reduce taxes on higher earners it's vital to be reducing them on lower earning people as well so the nation shares in the approach.
William Hague
Wouldn't it be better to have a watertight law designed to catch the guilty, rather than a press release law designed to catch the headlines?
William Hague
I gave up lots of things I love doing: writing, and business, and playing the piano and so on.
William Hague
The war in Iraq, clearly has not turned out in the way that was hoped.
The Bill of Rights was intended to secure freedom of speech – the freedom of speech of members of parliament to speak freely rather than be at threat of… the threat of an over powerful monarch at the time.
William Hague
Governments that block the aspirations of their people, that steal or are corrupt, that oppress and torture or that deny freedom of expression and human rights should bear in mind that they will find it increasingly hard to escape the judgement of their own people, or where warranted, the reach of international law.
William Hague
You can see over time whether people are prepared to differ or not.
As far as I'm aware, everybody in the shadow cabinet accepts that there's a compelling case on climate change and a strong scientific case.
William Hague
The world is not going into concentric blocs of power. It is actually going into a diffusion of power with more centres of decision-making than ever in human civilisation. That requires you to place yourself in far more hubs of power than ever before.
William Hague
We are not directly involved in Syria. But we will be working with our partners in the European Union and at the United Nations to see if we can persuade the Syrian authorities to go, as I say, more in that direction of respect for democracy and human rights.
William Hague
You can gain in your effectiveness as a politician from a wide acquaintance with the world and from a degree of independence that having some outside interests gives.
William Hague
It's not too late to stop the Lisbon Treaty.
At a time of such hope and optimism in the Middle East, we cannot let the Libyan government violate every principle of international law and human rights with impunity.
William Hague
If some of the people who write about mojo came with me for a week, they would drop dead on their feet.
William Hague
Whatever happens in Mogadishu, in Somalia, will happen in Great Britain. We have interlocking interests.
William Hague
Those who back the Syrian regime from now on will find themselves in an even more isolated and indefensible minority.
William Hague
The total economy of Latin America is bigger than China.
It's necessary for Israelis and Palestinians to make the compromises that are required to get the direct talks back on track.
William Hague
Today further EU targeted sanctions on Syria come into force. The message is clear and unambiguous: those responsible for the repression will be singled out and held accountable.
William Hague
When the Lord Chancellor violates the trust of his great office of state to solicit party donations from people whose careers he can control, and then says I'm not sorry, and I'd do it again no wonder the public think that power has gone to their heads.
William Hague
For the security of the UK, it matters a lot for Somalia to become a more stable place.
William Hague
Remember the No campaign is Conservative people, Labour people, people of no party.
William Hague
There's only one growth strategy: work hard.
You do have to do business with and to try to influence people you don't agree with, or find disagreeable, so it's important to stress that balance.
William Hague
Time is not on Gaddafi's side. People ask about the exit strategy. It's Colonel Gaddafi who needs an exit strategy because this pressure will only mount and it will be intensified over the coming days and weeks.
William Hague
I don't think a wise thing at this moment is for Israel to launch a military attack on Iran.
William Hague
The low carbon economy is at the leading edge of a structural shift now taking place globally.
William Hague