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Speaker Biography

William Hague MP

 William Hague MP
Member of Parliament for Richmond (Yorks)
Shadow Foreign Secretary and Senior Member of the Shadow Cabinet

William was born in Rotherham on 26 March 1961. He was educated at Wath-on-Dearne Comprehensive School in Rotherham, Magdalen College, Oxford and INSEAD Business School, France. Whilst at Oxford, he was President of the Union and of the University Conservative Association.

Before entering Parliament, he worked for Shell UK and McKinsey & Co. William married Ffion Jenkins in December 1997.

William has been the Member for Richmond, Yorkshire since 1989.

Whilst in Government, William was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Norman Lamont MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1990-93; Joint Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the DSS from 1993-94; and Minister of State, DSS (with responsibility for Social Security and Disabled People) from 1994-95. He joined the Cabinet in 1995 as Secretary of State for Wales.

He served as Leader of the Conservative Party from 1997 to 2001. When Leader, he was elected Chairman of the International Democrat Union, the global alliance of Conservative, Christian Democrat and like-minded parties; he is currently the Assistant Chairman of the IDU.

In December 2005, he was appointed Shadow Foreign Secretary and Senior Member of the Shadow Cabinet.

Source: www.conservatives.com
Added: March 08