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Cameron calls William Hague 'our greatest living Yorkshireman'

"All I can say is this: that boy became an amazing parliamentarian, a brilliant foreign secretary, our greatest living Yorkshireman and someone to whom I owe an enormous debt of gratitude -- William Hague," said Cameron.

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Aileen Graef

LONDON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Former Tory leader William Hague was deemed the "greatest living Yorkshireman" by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron in a speech praising the departing conservative leader.

Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference, Cameron used his best Yorkshire accent to mimic Hague's speech to the conference, telling party members, "Some of you won't be here in 30 years time."

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Hague resigned as foreign secretary during Cameron's summer cabinet reshuffle to lead the House of Commons.

"All I can say is this: that boy became an amazing parliamentarian, a brilliant foreign secretary, our greatest living Yorkshireman and someone to whom I owe an enormous debt of gratitude -- William Hague," said Cameron.

The conference covered additional issues including tax cuts and government spending, but it was that statement that lit Twitter on fire. British social media users rebuked the assertion with their own votes for the greatest living Yorkshiremen.

Notable Yorkshirewomen including Dame Judi Dench, Jessica Ennis, Barbara Hepworth and Helen Sharman were also mentioned.

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