William Hague
William Jefferson Hague (born 26 March 1961) is the British Foreign Secretary
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
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 and First Secretary of State
First Secretary of State
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. He served as Leader of the Conservative Party
Leaders of the Conservative Party
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 from June 1997 to September 2001. In Parliament
Parliament of the United Kingdom
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, he has represented the constituency of Richmond (Yorks)
Richmond (Yorks) (UK Parliament constituency)
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 since 1989.

Educated at Wath-upon-Dearne Grammar School, a state grammar school, then the University of Oxford
University of Oxford
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 (graduating with First Class Honours in Philosophy Politics and Economics) and INSEAD
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, Hague was first elected to the House of Commons in a by-election in 1989.

I thank the Prime Minister for his remarks about me. Debating with him at the Dispatch Box has been exciting, fascinating, fun, an enormous challenge and, from my point of view, wholly unproductive in every sense. I am told that in my time at the Dispatch Box I have asked the Prime Minister 1,118 direct questions, but no one has counted the direct answers—it may not take long.

18 July 2001, House of Commons, Prime Minister's Questions

For the first time in history at Question Time, all three parties are represented by a stand-in for the real leader.

15 Febuary 2005, House of Commons, Prime Minister's Questions when he deputised for David Cameron in his absence. However, Tony Blair was answering questions and was the active leader of the Labour party. Hague was suggesting that Gordon Brown was the "true" power behind the party.

"Nothing is more absurd than a Prime Minister who has committed us in principle to joining the Euro saying last week that he was against it. He talks about his five tests; we know what they are: "Does Peter want it? Will Gordon let me? Will the French like it? Will Robin notice? Can I get away with it?"

25 October 2000, House of Commons, Prime Minister's Questions