William Hague was born in Rotherham on 26th March 1961. He was educated at Wath-On-Dearne Comprehensive School in Rotherham, Magdalen College, Oxford and INSEAD Business School, France. Whilst at Oxford, he was President of the Union and of the University Conservative Association.
William Hague was elected as Member of Parliament for Richmond, Yorkshire at the 1989 by-election. He has held several posts in Government including Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Norman Lamont MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1990-93; Joint Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the DSS from 1993-94; and Minister of State, DSS (with responsibility for Social Security and Disabled People) from 1994-95. He joined the Cabinet in 1995 as Secretary of State for Wales.
In June 1997 William Hague was elected Leader of the Conservative Party and in December 1997 married Ffion Jenkins. He served as Leader until June 2001. During this period William was elected Chairman of the International Democrat Union, the global alliance of Conservative, Christian Democrat and like-minded parties of the centre and centre right and he is currently the Assistant Chairman.
In December 2005, William Hague was appointed Shadow Foreign Secretary and Senior Member of the Shadow Cabinet.
Before entering the House of Commons William worked for Shell UK and spent 5 years working for the management consultants, McKinsey and Co. Currently, William is an adviser to the JCB Group, a consultant to Dunalastair Estates, a non-executive director of both AES Engineering and AMT Sybex and a member of the Political Council of Terra Firma Capital Partners.
His first book, a biography of William Pitt the Younger, was published in September 2004 and won the title “History Book of the Year” at the National Book Awards in April 2005. His following book, a biography of William Wilberforce, was published in June 2007.
At the 2007 Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year Awards he won the award for "Speech of the Year".
William enjoys reading, walking in the Yorkshire Dales, cross-country skiing and judo. He is learning to play the piano.