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William Jefferson Hague, Baron Hague of Richmond PC FRSL is a British Conservative politician and life peer. He represented Richmond, Yorkshire as Member of Parliament from 1989 to 2015. He also served as Leader of the House of Commons from 2014 to 2015, as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from 2010 to 2014, and as Leader of the Conservative Party and Leader of the Opposition from 1997 to 2001.

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First Secretary of State
In office
12 May 2010 – 8 May 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by The Lord Mandelson
Succeeded by George Osborne
Leader of the House of Commons
In office
15 July 2014 – 8 May 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron
Deputy Tom Brake
Preceded by Andrew Lansley
Succeeded by Chris Grayling
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
In office
12 May 2010 – 14 July 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by David Miliband
Succeeded by Philip Hammond
Senior Member of the Shadow Cabinet
In office
8 December 2005 – 11 May 2010
Leader David Cameron
Preceded by Michael Ancram
Succeeded by Jack Straw
Shadow Foreign Secretary
In office
6 December 2005 – 11 May 2010
Leader David Cameron
Preceded by Liam Fox
Succeeded by David Miliband
Leader of the Opposition
In office
19 June 1997 – 13 September 2001
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by John Major
Succeeded by Iain Duncan Smith
Leader of the Conservative Party
In office
19 June 1997 – 13 September 2001
Deputy Peter Lilley
Michael Portillo
Preceded by John Major
Succeeded by Iain Duncan Smith
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
In office
2 May 1997 – 11 June 1997
Leader John Major
Preceded by Ron Davies
Succeeded by Michael Ancram
Shadow Constitutional Affairs Spokesperson
In office
2 May 1997 – 11 June 1997
Leader John Major
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Michael Ancram
Secretary of State for Wales
In office
5 July 1995 – 2 May 1997
Prime Minister John Major
Preceded by David Hunt
Succeeded by Ron Davies
Minister of State for the Disabled
In office
20 July 1994 – 5 July 1995
Prime Minister John Major
Preceded by Nicholas Scott
Succeeded by Alistair Burt
Undersecretary of State for Social Security
In office
27 May 1993 – 20 July 1994
Prime Minister John Major
Preceded by Ann Widdecombe
Alistair Burt
Lord Henley
Succeeded by Roger Evans
James Arbuthnot
Alistair Burt
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer
In office
28 November 1990 – 27 May 1993
Prime Minister John Major
Preceded by Graham Bright
Succeeded by Phillip Oppenheim
Member of Parliament
for Richmond (Yorks)
In office
23 February 1989 – 30 March 2015
Preceded by Leon Brittan
Succeeded by Rishi Sunak
Personal details
Born William Jefferson Hague
(1961-03-26) 26 March 1961 (age 55)
Rotherham, England, UK
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Ffion Jenkins (m. 1997)
Alma mater Magdalen College, Oxford
INSEAD
Religion Anglicanism
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Website Lords website

William Jefferson Hague, Baron Hague of Richmond PC FRSL (born 26 March 1961) is a British Conservative politician and life peer. He represented Richmond, Yorkshire as Member of Parliament (MP) from 1989 to 2015. He also served as Leader of the House of Commons from 2014 to 2015, as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from 2010 to 2014, and as Leader of the Conservative Party and Leader of the Opposition from 1997 to 2001.

Hague was educated at Wath-upon-Dearne Grammar School, the University of Oxford and INSEAD, subsequently being returned to the House of Commons at a by-election in 1989. Hague quickly rose through the ranks of the government of John Major and was appointed to Cabinet in 1995 as Secretary of State for Wales. Following the Conservatives' landslide defeat at the 1997 general election by the Labour Party, he was elected Leader of the Conservative Party at the age of 36.

He resigned as Conservative Leader after the 2001 general election following his party's second landslide defeat, at which the Conservatives made a net gain of just one seat; he thus became the first leader of the party, since the role was established in the early 1920s, not to be elected Prime Minister. He returned to the backbenches, pursuing a career as an author, writing biographies of William Pitt the Younger and William Wilberforce. He also held several directorships, and worked as a consultant and public speaker.

After David Cameron was elected Leader of the Conservative Party in 2005, Hague was reappointed to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Foreign Secretary. He also assumed the role of "Senior Member of the Shadow Cabinet", effectively serving as Cameron's deputy. After the formation of the Coalition Government in 2010, Hague was appointed First Secretary of State and Foreign Secretary. Cameron described him as his "de facto political deputy".

On 14 July 2014, Hague stood down as Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to become Leader of the House of Commons in preparation for his planned retirement from electoral politics, after 26 years as an MP, at 2015 general election, when he did not put his name forward for re-election.

Hague was elevated as a Life Peer in the 2015 Dissolution Honours List and created Baron Hague of Richmond, of Richmond in the County of North Yorkshire, on 9 October.