A British Conservative Politician William Hague was born on 26th March 1961 in Rotherham in Yorkshire. He has been the First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons since the year 2014. Hague initially boarded at Ripon Grammar School and then attended Wath-upon-Dearne Comprehensive which is a state secondary school located near Rotharham. As a child, he was born as William Jefferson Hague.
His parents used to ran a soft drinks manufacturing business for which he also used to work during his school holidays. He then went on to attend Magdalen College, Oxford from where he studied philosophy, politics and economics and graduated with First Class Honors. He was also the President of the Oxford University Conservative Association (OUCA). Later, he continued his studies at INSEAD Business School in France.
Hague became the part of the government in the year 1990. He served as Parliament Private Secretary for the Chancellor of the Exchequor Norman Lamont. He then moved to the Department of Social Security (DSS) in 1993. There, he was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State. He was then promoted to Minister of State the following at the DSS with the responsibility for Social Security and Disabled People. Later, in 1995, Hague entered the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Wales. He made a good impression at the Welsh Office. He continued to serve in the Cabinet until the Conservatives were removed for the power in the 1997 general election.
Following that, Hague was elected as the leader of the Conservative Party in succession to John Major defeating more experienced figures such as Michael Howard and Kenneth Clarke. After the 2001 general election following a second landslide defeat, Hague resigned a Conservative Leader. After David Cameron was elected leader of the Conservative Party in 6th December 2005, Hague was offered and accepted the role of Shadow Foreign Secretary and Senior Member of the Shadow Cabinet, effectively serving as Cameron’s deputy.
Later, he was appointed as First Secretary of State and Foreign Secretary after the formation of the Coalition Government in the year 2010. David Cameron has described Hague as his “de facto political deputy”. Currently, Hague is the First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons. He stood down as Foreign Secretary on 14th July, 2014 to become the Leader of the House of Commons in preparation for his planned retirement for the Parliament. It was also announced that he would stand down from parliament at the 2015 General Election.
To talk about his personal life, he is married to his wife Ffion Jenkins. The couple got married in the year 1997 at the House of Commons Crypt. Apart from that, Hague is currently, a Vice-President of the Friends of the British Library that provides funding support to the British Library to make new acquisitions. He is also a Patron of the European Youth Parliament UK. It is an educational charity organization that runs debating competitions and discussion forums across the UK.
He has a keen interest in music and in his early, 40s, he learnt the piano. In addition, he has also written two books. His first book titled a biography of William Pitt the Younger was published in September of 2004. The book won “History Book of the Year” at the National Book Awards. His second book named a biography of William Wilberforce was published in June of 2007.