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William Hague

British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

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

William Hague was appointed Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on 12 May 2010.

William Hague was elected to Parliament in 1989 and is the Member of Parliament for Richmond (Yorks).

He was born in Rotherham in 1961, and attended Wath-on-Dearne Comprehensive School. At Magdalen College, Oxford, he was elected President of the Oxford Union. He continued his studies at INSEAD Business School in France, and worked for Shell UK and then for the management consultants, McKinsey and Co.

He has written two 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.

He is married to Ffion Hague.

Positions held:

MP for Richmond, Yorkshire, 1989 – present

Parliamentary Private Secretary to Norman Lamont, Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1990-93

Joint Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the DSS, 1993-94

Minister of State for Social Security and Disabled People, 1994-95

Secretary of State for Wales, July 1995 – May 1997

Leader of the Conservative Party, June 1997 – Sept 2001

Shadow Foreign Secretary, Dec 2005 – May 2010

First Secretary of State, Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs, May 2010 - present

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