William Hague

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William Hague
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William Hague was the Conservative MP for Richmond from 1989 to 2015. He was replaced by Rishi Sunak in the 2015 election.[1]

In June 2015 it was announced Hague had accepted an offer to work for New-York based consultancy firm Teneo and in July he became the chair of the newly created international advisory group of law firm Linklaters.[2]

In September 2015, the former First Secretary of State was announced as a part time Non-Executive Director at Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (ICE) [3]



He was appointed Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in the incoming Coalition Government in 2010.[4] In July 2014, he left the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to become First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons. It was simultaneously announced that he would stand down from parliament at the 2015 general election.[5]

FCO responsibilities

At the FCO Hague led on:

  • Overall responsibility for the work of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Strategy and Policy Planning
  • Communications
  • Honours
  • Whitehall Liaison Department
  • FCO Finance
  • FCO Estates and Security
  • FCO Information and Technology
  • Legal Advisers

Special advisers


In November 2009, Hague received a donation of £12,500.00 from property investor Nick Leslau.[6]

Move into consultancy

In June 2015 Hague joined New-York consultancy Teneo, former employers of former Prime Minister Tony Blair and ex-President Bill Clinton. In the Daily Mail, Spinwatch's Tamasin Cave said: ‘How is the public interest served by ex-ministers taking the skills and insider knowledge they gained in government and flogging them to private interest?’ ‘There is a reason why companies hire outgoing ministers. It has become another way of buying influence.’[7]


External Resources


  1. BBC News Richmond, accessed 11 May 2015.
  2. Linklaters Linklaters appoints William Hague to chair its newly created International Advisory Group, 10 July 2015, accessed 13 July 2015.
  3. Advisory Committee on Business Appintments Gov.co.uk, Accessed 22 September 2015
  4. Her Majesty’s Government, Number10.gov.uk, accessed 12 May 2010.
  5. Ministerial reshuffle: Who's out, BBC News, 15 July 2014.
  6. Electoral Commission, Donation Search, accessed 3 April 2015.
  7. Peter McKay PETER McKAY: Are ex-MPs REALLY just in it for all they can get? Daily Mail, 1 June 2015, accessed 1 June 2015.