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Further attempts by Russia to foment unrest in Ukraine will be met with renewed sanctions from the West, the Foreign Secretary has warned. William Hague said the seizure of government buildings by armed groups in the eastern cities of Do... Continue to article
David Cameron has hailed the Government's tax cuts that come into effect tomorrow, saying they played a key role in delivering Conservative values. The personal allowance will rise to £10,000, which, according to Treasury analysis, will ... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield Chris Leslie is feeling old. The erstwhile Baby of the House says his original arrival in the Commons in 1997 feels like it was “quite a long time ago”. Now 41, he’s a relative... Continue to article
Downing Street stood firmly behind Vince Cable and Michael Fallon on the privatisation of the Royal Mail. The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman said: "He [David Cameron] completely agrees with the points that Michael Fallon and Vince C... Continue to article
It is too early to tell whether Iran's president will improve the country's "appalling" human rights record, William Hague has said. Giving evidence to MPs on the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Foreign Secretary said President Hassan Ro... Continue to article
Moscow's bid to annex Crimea from Ukraine will usher in a new era in the UK’s relationship with Russia, William Hague has said. The Foreign Secretary said the UK had already cancelled all export licenses for military use by Russia or thi... Continue to article
William Hague says the decision to impose travel bans and asset freezes on Russian officials shows the EU's "unity". Continue to article
William Hague said sanctions on Russian and Ukrainian officials agreed today were "not set in stone" and could be added to. "I'm pleased we've reached agreement on these measures on asset freezes and travel bans on individuals, particula... Continue to article
William Hague said the EU was not in a "new Cold War" with Russia but that this would depend on the course of events in the coming days. "I think we are on the side, and have been for many years, of international law, of resolving disput... Continue to article
The European Union will implement punitive measures today to show Russia its actions with regard to Crimea are unacceptable, the Foreign Secretary has said. Speaking prior to talks with his EU counterparts, William Hague warned that furt... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Justice questions (topicals at 12.15pm) 12.30pm: Ten minute rule motion: Brown Hare (Protection) Bill (John Randall, Con, Uxbridge and South Ruislip) Main business General debate on Ukraine Draft Combi... Continue to article
Downing Street has urged Russia to set up dialogue with the Ukrainian government ahead of Sunday’s Crimean referendum “We want to see that urgently. We want to see urgent action in terms of establishing that," the Prime Minister's spoke... Continue to article
William Hague said the talks in London between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov are a pivotal moment in the crisis in Ukraine. "These talks in London are a vital moment in what is clearly the m... Continue to article
Buckle yourself in, get ready for the ride, it is now just a matter of days until the Chancellor’s big moment of the year. Yes, if you haven’t already drawn a big red ring around the date in your diary, we are, in case you’ve missed it... Continue to article
The European Union will implement travel bans and asset freezes on Russian individuals if a referendum on Crimea's future goes ahead as planned on Sunday, the Foreign Secretary has warned. William Hague said the impending plebiscite rend... Continue to article
William Hague argued Ed Miliband's announcement today on Labour's position on an EU referendum had left voters with a clear choice at the next election. “As everybody knows, the absolute priority of this coalition government has been and... Continue to article
William Hague on Ukraine: “This is the creation of another frozen conflict in Europe...so there absolutely isn’t tacit acceptance” #marrshow
William Hague on Russia sanctions: “None of these things force a Russian withdrawal... but they will raise the cost to Russia.” #marrshow
William Hague said Russia’s intervention in Ukraine would come to be seen as a “miscalculation” by Moscow. “Of course we want to see diplomatic progress on this, we want to see tensions reduced. That’s why John Kerry and I met Sergei Lav... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron hosts Irish prime minister Enda Kenny as part of the annual Anglo-Irish summit Business secretary Vince Cable attends Alternative Finance Summit 2014 in London Energy secretary Ed Davey speaks at the Lond... Continue to article
Justine Greening said the EU needed to make clear that Russia would face “growing isolation” from the international community if it did not resolve the Ukrainian situation. “He said that we need to look across different areas: political ... Continue to article
William Hague has challenged the Russian foreign minister to agree to direct talks with the new Ukrainian government, but admitted he was “not optimistic”. The Foreign Secretary is in Paris for a pre-scheduled conference on Lebanon, but... Continue to article
William Hague said it may be necessary to add to the diplomatic pressure that Britain and allies have already exerted on Russia over the Ukraine crisis. "Our pressure is diplomatic, as everyone knows. The UN Security Council, the decisi... Continue to article
William Hague has urged Russia to back off from its intervention in Crimea as stock markets crashed this morning amid fears of economic retaliation by the West. Continue to article
William Hague confirmed Russia now had “operational control” of Crimea. “Russia has certainly taken operational control, let us put it that way, of the Crimea, with control of the airports, of other means of exit and entry; Russian force... Continue to article
The Foreign Secretary is to visit the Ukrainian capital Kiev “shortly”, he has told MPs. William Hague also called for financial assistance for the troubled country, arguing that an economic crisis there would be a “grave threat to stabi... Continue to article
William Hague said he hoped for a resolution to the crisis in Ukraine, but warned of "dangers". "I hope, of course, that very quickly there will be [a new government]. There is a moment of opportunity now for the Ukraine after those terr... Continue to article
William Hague described the clashes between government forces and protesters in the Ukrainian capital Kiev as “utterly unacceptable”. “[The renewed violence] that we’ve heard about this morning is utterly unacceptable and indefensible an... Continue to article
David Lidington said he had conveyed the Government’s “shock” at the renewed bloodshed in Kiev today when he summoned the Ukrainian ambassador today. “I’ve just come from seeing the Ukrainian ambassador. I made it very clear to him that ... Continue to article
William Hague said the human race would be “poorer forever” if it failed to prevent the extinction of wildlife species. “It would be a sad world. This is something that is hard to, you can’t put it into financial terms or anything else. ... Continue to article
Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election Prime minister David Cameron and foreign secretary William Hague host an international conference on the illegal wildlife trade in London. Cameron also chairs the first Cabinet committee on flooding ... Continue to article
William Hague has admitted that a British military officer advised the Indian Government about the deadly raid on a temple in the Indian city of Amritsar. But the Foreign Secretary insisted the advice had "little impact" on the outcome. ... Continue to article
William Hague revealed that Theresa May will shortly be announcing measures allowing certain Syrian refugees to resettle in the UK. “Well, [David Cameron] did open the door [to resettlement at Prime Minister's Questions], and the Home Se... Continue to article
William Hague said it was “hard to overstate” the challenges that needed to be overcome to secure face-to-face talks between the Assad regime and Syrian opposition. “It’s hard to overstate how difficult it is. And so it’s vital now that ... Continue to article
William Hague has warned that an “inclusive political settlement” is the only way to secure an end to the Syrian civil war. Speaking at the beginning of the Geneva II peace conference, where representatives from both the Assad regime an... Continue to article
William Hague urged Syrian leaders to engage fully in the Geneva II peace conference, which begins today, warning the opportunity “must not be wasted”. “This opportunity must not be wasted. This is the opportunity for Syrian leaders on a... Continue to article
David Davis said William Hague was "plumb-wrong" to suggest UK oversight on surveillance activities was among the strongest in the world. "Not remotely; William is just plumb-wrong. The American system, which is being criticised now and... Continue to article
William Hague warned that an independent Scotland would have a lot of difficulty keeping the pound. "This would have to be something for negotiation between Scotland once it had separated from the rest of the UK and the European Union, a... Continue to article
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."
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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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