First Secretary of State, Leader of the House of Commons and Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict

The Rt Hon William Hague MP

Biography

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 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
  • 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.

First Secretary of State

Leader of the House of Commons

The Leader of the House of Commons organises government business in the House of Commons and works closely with the government’s Chief Whip.

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    Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict

    The Special Representative’s mandate is to drive forward and maintain UK leadership in the international campaign to end the use of rape and sexual violence as weapons of war, as a cross-cutting issue of international peace and security. He works with Governments, UN agencies, NGOs and other interested parties around the world to promote and implement the September 2013 Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, the commitments of the June 2014 Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, and the UK PSVI strategy announced to Parliament on 14th July 2014.

    The Special Representative will undertake these activities on behalf of the Prime Minister and reporting to him, working in conjunction with Secretaries of State and Ministers (and their officials) at the FCO, DfID, Home Office and MoD.

    Read more about the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI)

    Previous roles in government

    1. Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

      • 2010 to 2014

    Announcements

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    1. Victory in Europe (VE) Day celebrations

      • 15 March 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. Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict Report published

      • 10 December 2014
      • Press release
    5. William Hague calls for a stronger international response to the use of sexual violence in Iraq

      • 6 November 2014
      • Press release
    6. Humanising hell: our restless conscience and the search for peace - 2014 One People Oration

      • 24 October 2014
      • Speech
    7. Hague welcomes South Sudan commitment to tackling sexual violence

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

      • 6 October 2014
      • Press release
    9. Cabinet Committee for devolved powers: statement on first meeting

      • 25 September 2014
      • Press release
    10. William Hague hosts NATO discussion on women’s participation in conflict resolution

      • 4 September 2014
      • News story