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  • = Key Development Thursday 28th August
  • 13:54 William Hague: Carswell defection is regrettable and counter-productive On air

    On Air | William Hague MP | Leader of the House of Commons | BBC News Video William Hague MP

    William Hague said Douglas Carswell's defection to Ukip was regrettable and counter-productive "It's a regrettable thing and it's a totally counter-productive thing to do of course, because the only chance of real change in Europe, the o... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 22nd August
  • 12:40 Peter Oborne blog: William Hague has betrayed the Commons by backing John Bercow over Carol Mills News

    Blog | Telegraph politics blog source icon

    William Hague was a dud as foreign secretary. He is now in danger of turning into a useless Leader of the Commons. Continue to article

  • 09:39 Transcript: Letter from Bernard Jenkin, Jack Straw and Margaret Beckett to David Cameron on the appointment of the Clerk of the House Transcripts

    Letter from Bernard Jenkin, Jack Straw and Margaret Beckett to David Cameron on the appointment of the Clerk of the House Transcripts

    20 August 2014 Dear Prime Minister You may have seen today's Times report concerning the above.  I understand that the Speaker may already have sent you his recommendation for the new Clerk of the House.  I thought I should write to c... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 28th July
  • 00:01 Lords to debate Leader of the House status PoliticsHome News

    Lords to debate Leader of the House status PoliticsHome News

    David Cameron is expected to come under further pressure about his decision to downgrade the post of Leader of the House of Lords today. Baroness Stowell, the new Leader, will be paid more than £20,000 less than her predecessor Lord Hil... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 17th July
  • 11:53 Hague makes debut as Leader of the House House of Commons

    Hague makes debut as Leader of the House House of Commons

    William Hague has made his debut as Leader of the House of Commons. Mr Hague, who moved from the Foreign Office on Monday and announced he would be standing down as an MP in 2015, was welcomed by several MPs on all sides. Angela Eagle, ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 15th July
  • 12:12 Lobby:No 10: Look out for Michael Gove on TV and radio Lobby Briefings

    12:12 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    Downing Street said Michael Gove has been involved in the planning of today's reshuffle and that lobby journalists should expect to see "a great deal" of him on TV and radio. The Prime Minster's Official Spokesman said Mr Gove had "been... Continue to article

  • 10:18 William Hague: It is nearly 20 years since I first joined the Cabinet On air

    On Air | William Hague MP | Leader of the House of Commons | Pooled clip Video William Hague MP

    William Hague set out his reasons for stepping down as Foreign Secretary. "I think there's always a balance to strike in government between the value of experience on the the one hand and the need for renewal and new people. We all have ... Continue to article

  • 09:26 Reshuffle - latest moves PoliticsHome News

    Reshuffle - latest moves PoliticsHome News

    Cabinet moves Michael Gove moves from Department for Education to become Chief Whip. Nicky Morgan moves from the Treasury to become Education Secretary. She also adds the Equalities brief to her role as Minister for Women. Philip H... Continue to article

  • 08:54 Waugh Room Memo - 15 July PoliticsHome News

    Waugh Room Memo - 15 July PoliticsHome News

    Thanks to a couple of technical problems, some subscribers haven't received this morning's Waugh Room Memo. Here it is in full:   Paul Waugh is away. Today’s memo is written by Josh May.   A huge day looms as David Cameron fina... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 14th July
  • = Key Development Sunday 13th July
  • 13:11 William Hague: Violence in Gaza must end On air

    On Air | William Hague MP | Leader of the House of Commons | Pooled clip Video William Hague MP

    William Hague called for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza following escalating violence in the region. “There is an urgent need to bring an end to the violence in Gaza and to restore the November 2012 ceasef... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 9th July
  • 08:47 Patrick O'Flynn tweets: Lots of gossip in Brussels that William Hague is being lined up as next British Commissioner.

    Twitter | Patrick O'Flynn Twitter source icon

    Lots of gossip in Brussels that William Hague is being lined up as next British Commissioner.

  • = Key Development Tuesday 8th July
  • 15:17 FCO press release: Foreign Secretary urges de-escalation in southern Israel and Gaza Press Release

    15:17| Press Release

    FCO press release Commenting on rocket attacks by Palestinian militant groups on Israel and Israeli air-strikes on Gaza, Foreign Secretary William Hague said: "I am deeply concerned by the recent escalation of violence in Gaza and sou... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 7th July
  • 13:12 Transcript: Foreign Secretary William Hague speech in Mumbai Transcripts

    Foreign Secretary William Hague speech in Mumbai Transcripts

    On the first day his joint visit to India with Chancellor George Osborne, William Hague has made a speech to business, education and civil society representatives in Mumbai.   The Foreign Secretary said:   I am delighted to be here in India... Continue to article

  • 11:51 George Osborne tweets: Giving speech with William Hague in Mumbai where I will argue that good days are coming for India and Britain. More investment. More jobs

    Twitter | George Osborne Twitter source icon

    Giving speech with William Hague in Mumbai where I will argue that good days are coming for India and Britain. More investment. More jobs

  • = Key Development Friday 4th July
  • 15:50 In Brief Events

    15:50 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Labour leader Ed Miliband (09.45) speaks at the Sutton Trust/Pearson summit in London on higher education where he is expected to announce Labour's plans for vocational education. Skills minister Matthew Hancock (14.00) and education commit... Continue to article

  • 15:48 In Brief Events

    15:48 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Prime minister David Cameron and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg have announced new growth deals for local authorities and businesses  Labour leader Ed Miliband announces new local council devolution plans Home secretary Theresa May ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 2nd July
  • 16:59 FCO: Foreign Secretary condemns murder of Palestinian teenager Press Release

    16:59| Press Release

    FCO press release Foreign Secretary condemns the murder of Palestinian teenager and welcomes Israel’s commitment to bring perpetrators to justice. The Foreign Secretary William Hague said: ‘‘I condemn the appalling murder of a Pale... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 29th June
  • 09:55 William Hague: PM's opposition to Juncker about principle On air

    On Air | William Hague MP | Leader of the House of Commons | Andrew Marr Show, BBC One Video William Hague MP

    William Hague defended David Cameron's fervent opposition to Jean-Claude Juncker's candidacy for the presidency of the European Commission. “Actually, our argument was always about the principle - the Prime Minister made this very clear ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 27th June
  • 10:23 FCO: Hague looks forward to ever closer relations with Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova after EU pacts Press Release

    10:23| Press Release

    Foreign and Commonwealth Office press release  Cameron today signed agreements that will forge closer ties between the EU and Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. The Association Agreements were signed by the Prime Minister a... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 25th June
  • 08:12 William Hague: Russia needs to take action on Ukraine On air

    On Air | William Hague MP | Leader of the House of Commons | Pooled Clip Video William Hague MP

    Ahead of a meeting of Nato foreign ministers, William Hague urged Russia to take steps to distance itself from the anti-government rebels in eastern Ukraine. “We urge Russia to take the necessary action to stop the flow of arms across th... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 23rd June
  • 15:47 William Hague: Egypt govt must review appalling Al Jazeera journalists On air

    On Air | William Hague MP | Leader of the House of Commons | Video William Hague MP

    William Hague called on the Egyptian government to review the 'appalling' decision by a court in Cairo to hand jail sentences to three Al Jazeera journalists.  "I am absolutely appalled by the sentencing of journalists, including Egyptia... Continue to article

  • 13:41 Lord Carlile: Govt must consider bringing back control orders On air

    On Air | Lord Carlile | Former independent reviewer of... | World at One, BBC Radio 4 Video Lord Carlile

    Lord Carlile said the Government “absolutely must” consider reintroducing control orders in light of the threat of terrorism from people returning from Syria or Iraq. “The first thing that is open at the port of entry is to stop and ques... Continue to article

  • 11:49 Foreign and Commonwealth Office statement: FCO: Foreign Secretary appalled by verdicts on journalists in Egypt Press Release

    11:49| Press Release | Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    Foreign Office press release Foreign Secretary appalled by an Egyptian court returning guilty verdicts against Egyptian and international journalists. Reacting to the verdict, Foreign Secretary William Hague said: “I am appalled by... Continue to article

  • 11:48 Lobby:No 10: PM appalled by Egypt journo sentences Lobby Briefings

    11:48 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    David Cameron is “completely appalled” by the sentences handed out to Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt, Downing Street has said. A court in Cairo sentenced Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed to at least seven years in jail on ... Continue to article

  • 11:32 Reuters: Hague says EU ready for more Russia sanctions if necessary News

    News | Reuters source icon

    LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - Foreign Secretary William Hague warned Russia on Monday that the EU was ready to impose tougher sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine if it is not satisfied with Moscow's respons... Continue to article

  • 08:48 William Hague: Iraq crisis a deep concern to EU nations On air

    On Air | William Hague MP | Leader of the House of Commons | Pooled Clip Video William Hague MP

    William Hague said EU ministers would use a summit today to work towards a settlement of the problems that made up the current crises in the Middle East. “[EU foreign ministers will be discussing] the situation in Iraq, which is of deep ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 20th June
  • 15:40 The extraordinary William Hague The House Magazine

    15:40 | The House Magazine | PoliticsHome The House Magazine The extraordinary William Hague

      For those of you that missed it, the Daily Mail's website hit a new low this week. "Arise Dame Angelina: After days of hobnobbing at rape summit, starstruck William Hague hands Tinseltown's queen Jolie a gong." The Foreign Secretary... Continue to article

  • 14:40 In Brief Events

    14:40 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Home secretary Theresa May speaks at the Lord Mayor's annual defence and security lecture in London (18.00) Foreign secretary William Hague is expected to attend a NATO meeting of foreign ministers in Belgium  Business secretary Vince... Continue to article

  • 14:36 In Brief Events

    14:36 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Prime minister David Cameron (15.00) and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg (14.25) meet with the European Council president Herman Van Rompuy at Downing Street Chancellor George Osborne speaks in Manchester about the potential of a new Ma... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 19th June
  • 18:00 Lord Owen: Isil surge makes Syria action more likely PoliticsHome News

    Lord Owen: Isil surge makes Syria action more likely PoliticsHome News

    The extremist surge through Iraq has enhanced the chances of international military action in the Middle East, a former foreign secretary is to say this evening. Lord Owen will argue that the progress of the Islamic State of Iraq and th... Continue to article

  • 18:00 Transcript: Speech by Lord Owen on Iraq, Syria and ISIS Transcripts

    Speech by Lord Owen on Iraq, Syria and ISIS Transcripts

    Speech by the Rt Hon Lord Owen addressing students of the international diploma course in humanitarian assistance, Fordham University, New York, Thursday 19 June 2014. To be staying in the United States at this time is to experience a st... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 16th June
  • 12:17 Lobby:No 10: Hague has held talks with Iranian counterpart on Iraq Lobby Briefings

    12:17 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    William Hague held talks with his Iranian counterpart on the crisis in Iraq over the weekend, Downing Street has said. The Prime Minister’s spokesman said this morning the Foreign Secretary had discussed the situation because of the “reg... Continue to article

  • 10:23 Clegg: Lib Dems will pledge 'cradle to college' spending protection PoliticsHome News

    Clegg: Lib Dems will pledge 'cradle to college' spending protection PoliticsHome News

    The Liberal Democrats will go into the 2015 general election promising to protect all education funding, Nick Clegg has said. The Coalition has ringfenced the schools budget, but the Deputy Prime Minister went further today, setting the... Continue to article

  • 08:17 William Hague: US has greater capability to intervene in Iraq than UK On air

    On Air | William Hague MP | Leader of the House of Commons | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video William Hague MP

    William Hague said a military response from the US was “much more likely” than any intervention from Britain in response to the crisis in Iraq. “You and I know, since we discuss the instability of world affairs on a regular basis in many... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 15th June
  • 10:31 Alistair Burt: Dangerous to blame current situation in Iraq on one root cause On air

    On Air | Alistair Burt MP | | Murnaghan, Sky News Video Alistair Burt MP

    Alistair Burt played down the influence of the 2003 invasion of Iraq on the current situation in the country. “I think it’s a great danger of trying to understand this by getting back to one root cause and blaming what was done in the pa... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 13th June
  • 15:50 FCO: Press conference statements at Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict Press Release

    15:50| Press Release

    Foreign Office press release Foreign Secretary William Hague has formally closed the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict at the Excel Centre in London.   The Foreign Secretary said:   “Thank you for coming to thi... Continue to article

  • 13:01 Hague tells nations to 'turn the tide' on sexual violence PoliticsHome News

    Hague tells nations to 'turn the tide' on sexual violence PoliticsHome News

    William Hague has urged delegates to “turn the tide” against sexual violence in conflict, as a four-day summit on the issue comes to an end. Speaking at the close of the London conference, the Foreign Secretary urged delegates to turn t... Continue to article

  • 12:48 House of Commons Business Commons Business

    12:48 | Commons Business | PoliticsHome Commons Business

    COMMONS CHAMBER 2.30pm: Education questions (topicals at 3.15pm) 3.30pm: Statements from foreign secretary William Hague on the global summit to end sexual violence in conflict and on Iraq Main business Consumer Rights Bill: Repo... Continue to article

  • 11:30 Lobby:Number 10: Iraq top of agenda for Kerry-Hague bilateral Lobby Briefings

    11:30 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    William Hague will hold talks about the situation in Iraq with his US counterpart John Kerry today, Downing Street has confirmed. Number 10 said Iraq would be "top of the agenda" at both today's bilateral and meetings of the National Sec... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 12th June
  • 16:48 Richard Ottoway: We must avoid knee-jerk reactions on Iraq On air

    On Air | Richard Ottaway MP | Chair Foreign Affairs Select C... | Sky News Video Richard Ottaway MP

    Richard Ottoway said it was too early to consider military intervention in Iraq and called on the Government to avoid a "knee-jerk reaction" in response to the crisis in the country. "William Hague is offering an immediate assessment of ... Continue to article

  • 15:38 Hague announces new measures for missing Nigerian girls PoliticsHome News

    Hague announces new measures for missing Nigerian girls PoliticsHome News

    The UK Government will provide a new package of measures to help support the Nigerian authorities tackle the threat of terrorism and aid them in their search for the missing schoolgirls, the Foreign Secretary has confirmed. William Hague... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 11th June
  • 16:30 William Hague: UK govt will not intervene in Iraq On air

    On Air | William Hague MP | Leader of the House of Commons | ITV News Video William Hague MP

    William Hague expressed his concern over recent unrest in Iraq but said military intervention by the UK was not being considered.   "We're not countenancing at this stage any British military involvement.” “I don’t think the right ans... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 10th June
  • 07:29 William Hague: War zone rape is getting worse On air

    On Air | William Hague MP | Leader of the House of Commons | BBC News Video William Hague MP

    William Hague said the issue of rape in war zones was getting worse and he set out how the international summit getting underway in London today would look to tackle the problem. "Of course it has a lifelong impact on hundreds of thousan... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 9th June
  • 14:58 Dot Commons: Bread and butter Dot Commons

    PoliticsHome Bread and butter

    William Hague, the “David Beckham of toasting”. And he’s not just good at warming bread, according to none other than Hillary Clinton. The Times has obtained extracts of her forthcoming autobiography which revisit her first British Fo...

  • = Key Development Sunday 8th June
  • 09:48 William Hague: Team discipline will prevail in May/Gove row On air

    On Air | William Hague MP | Leader of the House of Commons | Andrew Marr Show, BBC One Video William Hague MP

    William Hague praised David Cameron's response to the row between Michael Gove and Theresa May and insisted team discipline had been maintained within the Government.  “This has been looked into by the Cabinet Secretary and in response t... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 6th June
  • 15:48 In Brief Events

    15:48 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Foreign secretary William Hague continues to host the summit on ending sexual violence in conflict in London  Pensions minister Steve Webb launches the older workers framework in Wiltshire (11.45) The Labour Party closes policy consul... Continue to article

  • 15:44 In Brief Events

    15:44 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Chancellor George Osborne delivers his annual Mansion House speech in London (19.30) Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke (10.00), home secretary Theresa May (11.05), shadow care minister Liz Kendall (14.45), Jeremy Browne MP ... Continue to article

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Zimbabwe sanctions lifted

The EU is to lift sanctions on Zimbabwe after a "landmark decision" by European ministers.

Most of the Restrictive Measures - imposed by the EU in response to human rights abuses and political violence - have been suspended, but European foreign ministers said the sanctions against Robert Mugabe would remain.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a statement: "This approach will demonstrate to reformers across the political spectrum that the EU is serious about responding to concrete progress on the ground and reflects our confidence in the facilitation process being undertaken by President Zuma and the leaders of SADC.

"It also puts the onus on the Government of Zimbabwe to live up to their commitments."

He later tweeted that it was a "landmark EU decision."

Conservative MEP for the East of England, Geoffrey Van Orden, said: "We have always said that restrictive measures, aimed solely at a governing elite that has trampled on the people of Zimbabwe, could be eased once there was serious change."

The MEP, who has worked to encourage freedom and democratic change in Zimbabwe, warned: "I remain concerned that those with a vested interest in the Mugabe regime and exploitation of Zimbabwe's resources for their own benefit will try and ensure their continued grasp on power."


Hague urges green emphasis

William Hague has urged his fellow Cabinet members to place a greater emphasis on green industries, in a leaked letter which emerged today. The letter states "we should reframe our response to climate change as an imperative for growth" and sets out proposals for how the Government can refocus on the issue.


Hague calls for suspension of Burma sanctions

William Hague has said that sanctions against Burman should be suspended, but does not believe it would be right to lift them entirely.

 

Speaking at talks in Luxembourg, The Foreign Secretary said: "A very important process of change has taken place in Burma. As you know in the United Kingdom we have advocated the suspension of sanctions rather than the complete lifting of sanctions.

 

"I think that is the right thing to do. Great progress is being made in Burma but we remain very concerned about conflict and human rights abuses in some areas of Burma, particularly in Kachin state."


Pressure on Hague over Shell case

The Foreign Secretary is being accused of hypocrisy over Britain's intervention in an American Supreme Court case, in which families are claiming the right to sue oil giant Shell for its alleged complicity in torture in the Niger Delta. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office wants the Supreme Court to strike out the case, claiming the court should not hear cases where British corporations have allegedly committed crimes outside America. 


MI6 Staff 'breached confidentiality'

Andrew Tyrie, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendiiton, has warned William Hague that MI6 staff may have breached confidentiality in supplying information to the press over the rendition of Abdel Hakim Belhadj to Libya in 2004.

 

In a letter to the Foreign Secretary Mr Tyrie wrote: “These reports are attributed to ‘well-placed sources’. The context suggests that these sources may well be from within MI6. If so this would represent staff from the intelligence agencies briefing the press."


Hague under pressure over Heywood details

MPs are calling on William Hague to reveal whether British businessman Neil Heywood was working as a spy before his death in China.

The Foreign Affairs Select Committee met earlier this week to discuss the case, and has asked for a series of clarifications about the Foreign Office's handling of the case.