First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The Rt Hon William Hague MP

Biography

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).

Education

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.

First Secretary of State

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the work of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, with particular focus on policy strategy, honours, Whitehall liaison and cyber-security.

Announcements

by The Rt Hon William Hague MP

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  1. Foreign Secretary welcomes Presidential elections in Algeria

    • 19 April 2014
    • Press release
  2. Foreign Secretary gives 'cautious welcome' to Ukraine agreement

    • 18 April 2014
    • News story
  3. Foreign Secretary welcomes progress made in Geneva on Ukraine

    • 17 April 2014
    • Press release
  4. Foreign Secretary condemns Israeli steps towards settlement expansion

    • 17 April 2014
    • Press release
  5. Foreign Secretary offers condolences on South Korean ferry tragedy

    • 17 April 2014
    • Press release
  6. Foreign Secretary condemns abduction of school girls in northern Nigeria

    • 16 April 2014
    • Press release
  7. The future of British foreign policy

    • 16 April 2014
    • Speech
  8. Human Rights and Democracy Report for 2013 published

    • 16 April 2014
    • Press release
  9. Appointment of the new Director of GCHQ

    • 15 April 2014
    • Press release
  10. Foreign Secretary condemns bomb attack in Abuja, Nigeria

    • 14 April 2014
    • Press release

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