Quotes by: William Hague

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Hague of Richmond
PC FRSL
First Secretary of State
In office
12 May 2010 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 11 May 2010
Leader David Cameron
Preceded by Liam Fox
Succeeded by David Miliband
Leader of the Opposition
In office
19 June 1997 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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

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
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
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
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
Turning away Turkey from the EU would be a great, long-term - a century-long - error by Europe.
William Hague
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