Ministerial role

First Secretary of State


Current role holder: The Rt Hon William Hague MP

William Hague was appointed Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on 12 May 2010. He was elected to Parliament in 1989 and is the Conservative MP for Richmond (Yorks).


William was educated at Wath-on-Dearne Comprehensive School and Magdalen College, Oxford where he studied philosophy, politics and economics and was President of the Oxford Union. He continued his studies at INSEAD Business School in France.

Political career

  • Joint Parliamentary Under Secretary of State 1993 - 1994
  • Minister of State for Social Security and Disabled People 1994 - 1995
  • Secretary of State for Wales 1995 - 1997
  • Leader of the Conservative Party from 1997 - 2001
  • Shadow Foreign Secretary 2005 - 2010

Career outside politics

Before entering Parliament, William worked for Shell UK and then for management consultants McKinsey and Co. He has written 2 books. His first book, a biography of William Pitt the Younger, was published in September 2004 and won ‘History Book of the Year’ at the National Book Awards. His following book, a biography of William Wilberforce, was published in June 2007.

Personal life

William is married to Ffion.


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    • 18 April 2014
    • News story
  2. Foreign Secretary welcomes elections in Afghanistan

    • 5 April 2014
    • Press release
  3. Foreign Secretary meets Indian External Affairs Minister

    • 13 March 2014
    • Press release
  4. Foreign Secretary’s remarks to the media ahead of visit to Ukraine

    • 2 March 2014
    • News story
  5. Afghanistan monthly progress report for January 2014

    • 1 March 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
  6. Foreign Secretary calls for de-escalation of tensions in Ukraine

    • 1 March 2014
    • Press release
  7. Foreign Secretary welcomes progress in Ukraine

    • 22 February 2014
    • Press release
  8. Statement on the Indian Operation at Sri Harmandir Sahib in 1984

    • 4 February 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
  9. Foreign Secretary calls for urgent progress on Syrian humanitarian crisis

    • 31 January 2014
    • Press release
  10. Afghanistan monthly progress report for November to December 2013

    • 30 January 2014
    • Statement to Parliament

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