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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
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
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
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
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
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
Lots of gossip in Brussels that William Hague is being lined up as next British Commissioner.
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
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
Giving speech with William Hague in Mumbai where I will argue that good days are coming for India and Britain. More investment. More jobs
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Britain will give the Nigerian army tactical training to help it confront extremist group Boko Haram, William Hague announced today. Continue to article
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
William Hague today warned the world “cannot turn aside” from the atrocity of rape in war as he opened a historic summit in London to end the barbaric practice. Continue to article
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
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...
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
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
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
Prime minister David Cameron and foreign secretary William Hague meet with UN special envoy Angelina Jolie in London (16.45) Energy secretary Ed Davey (12.40), shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint (14.15), energy and climate change com... Continue to article
FCO press release Foreign Secretary highlights that UK support will rest on its commitment to international principles The Foreign Secretary William Hague said: “We welcome yesterday’s announcement on the formation of a new in... Continue to article
Defence secretary Philip Hammond attends the NATO defence ministers meeting in Brussels Foreign secretary William Hague speaks at a Chatham House conference on globalisation and world order in London Shadow skills minister Liam Byrne ... Continue to article
William Hague says appalled by murder of Farzana Paveen for "excercising her basic right to choose who to love and marry"
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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