Ministerial role

First Secretary of State


Current role holder: The Rt Hon William Hague

The Rt Hon William Hague MP was appointed First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons on 15 July 2014. He was elected to Parliament in 1989 as 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
  • Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 2010 - 2014

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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    • 1 April 2015
    • Press release
  2. William Hague launches new Women, Peace and Security Centre at LSE

    • 10 February 2015
    • Press release
  3. Joint Ministerial Committee communiqué: December 2014

    • 15 December 2014
    • News story
  4. William Hague calls for a stronger international response to the use of sexual violence in Iraq

    • 6 November 2014
    • Press release
  5. Hague welcomes South Sudan commitment to tackling sexual violence

    • 16 October 2014
    • Press release
  6. UK and Canada respond to sexual violence by ISIL in Iraq

    • 6 October 2014
    • Press release
  7. William Hague hosts NATO discussion on women’s participation in conflict resolution

    • 4 September 2014
    • News story
  8. Foreign Secretary welcomes UN vote to help over 1.3 million Syrians

    • 14 July 2014
    • Press release
  9. Foreign Secretary and Chancellor conclude successful visit to India

    • 8 July 2014
    • News story
  10. Chancellor and Foreign Secretary in India

    • 8 July 2014
    • News story