Sudanese peace good for all, London says

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- The international community should encourage Sudanese authorities to pave the way toward a referendum on peace, the British foreign secretary said.
London donates funds to Hariri tribunal

London donates funds to Hariri tribunal

LONDON, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- A $1.6 million contribution to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon underlines London's commitment to finding justice for a political assassination, London said.
London wants better ties to Latin America

London wants better ties to Latin America

LONDON, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- London needs to reverse course and expand its diplomatic ties to Latin American, the British foreign secretary said.
Sudan top priority for Security Council

Sudan top priority for Security Council

LONDON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- London will place Sudan at the forefront of U.N. Security Council debates as it assumes the rotating presidency of the body, the foreign secretary said.
Hague to discuss Iranian nukes in Israel

Hague to discuss Iranian nukes in Israel

JERUSALEM, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Britain's foreign secretary is scheduled to hold a series of secret discussions with senior Israeli officials on Iran's nuclear program, officials said.
London views Afghan war as top concern

London views Afghan war as top concern

LONDON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Afghanistan is "vital" to the national security interests of the British government, the British foreign secretary told members of Parliament.

No 'military-only solution' in Afghan war

LONDON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- There is no singular military solution to ending the insurgency in Afghanistan, the British foreign secretary declared.

London stands up for Myanmar prisoners

LONDON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- London stands in solidarity with democracy advocates in Myanmar and calls for the release of all political prisoners, the British foreign secretary said.
British forces strong amid possible cuts

British forces strong amid possible cuts

LONDON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- British forces will remain one of the greatest fighting forces in the world despite expectations of a budget cut, the British foreign secretary said.
Britain and Russia seek better relations

Britain and Russia seek better relations

MOSCOW, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday his country wants to see "comprehensive developments in Russian-UK relations."

Aid worker killed in rescue attempt

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- A Scottish aid worker held captive in Afghanistan was killed in an attempt to rescue her, officials said.
London links climate to foreign policy

London links climate to foreign policy

NEW YORK, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- British foreign policy is inextricably linked to tackling the challenges of climate change, the British foreign secretary said in New York.

Lieberman says no freeze extension

JERUSALEM, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says Israel won't extend the moratorium on construction in the West Bank.

Hague in Afghanistan ahead of conference

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 19 (UPI) -- British Foreign Secretary William Hague arrived Monday in Kabul a day before international delegates kick off a major political conference, his office said.

London ties economy to foreign policy

TOKYO, July 15 (UPI) -- The foreign policy of the unity government in London must be tied to the economy to promote long-term growth, London's foreign secretary said in Japan.
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William Hague
WAP2002060901 - WASHINGTON, June 9 (UPI) -- International Democrat Union (IDU) Chairman William Hague speaks to the media during a news conference on June 9, 2002, in Washington. The IDU is holding a meeting in Washington over the next several days. The organization is an international coalition of conservative political parties. rlw/Roger L. Wollenberg UPI

William Jefferson Hague (born 26 March 1961) is the British Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State. He previously served as Leader of the Conservative Party from June 1997 to September 2001. In Parliament, he represents the constituency of Richmond (Yorks), having done so since 1989.

Educated at Ripon Grammar School, a selective grammar school, then the University of Oxford (graduating with First Class Honours in Philosophy Politics and Economics) and INSEAD, Hague was first elected to the House of Commons in a by-election in 1989. Hague rose through the ranks of John Major's government and entered the Cabinet in 1995 as the Secretary of State for Wales. Following the Conservatives' defeat in the 1997 general election, he was elected as leader of the Conservative Party. He resigned as party leader after the 2001 general election following a landslide defeat to the Labour Party. He was the first leader of the Conservatives not to have become Prime Minister since Austen Chamberlain in the early 1920s.

On the backbenches, Hague began 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 returned to front line politics as shadow foreign secretary. Later in 2010, upon Cameron becoming Prime Minister, Hague took on the roles of First Secretary of State and Foreign Secretary.

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