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William Hague

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Tory EVEL plotting to annoy many different camps

16 December 2014 8:50

William Hague is today setting out the Government’s EVEL plan – which includes options for English votes for English laws that some Labourites see as an evil plan to deprive… Continue reading

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William Hague’s stuck record

1 December 2014 15:16

William Hague told the Spectator’s Parliamentarian of the Year awards last week that he was standing down from the Commons ‘to do some other things I’ve always wanted to do’.… Continue reading

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Theresa May pulls out all the stops at the Spectator Parliamentarian awards

27 November 2014 17:08

If ever there was a tell-tale sign of who won the Great War between the Speaker and the Clerk of the Commons, it was today’s Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year… Continue reading

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European Arrest Warrant rebels predict only 30 will defy government

6 November 2014 11:37

In the Commons this morning, William Hague confirmed Coffee House’s story that the government will hold its vote on opting back into the European Arrest Warrant on Monday. He said… Continue reading

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The debate over English votes for English laws heats up

14 October 2014 15:36

As the Commons debate on devolution gets underway, the three parties have set out their positions on English votes for English laws. The Tories are adamant that this principle needs… Continue reading

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The shadow of EVEL will still hover over the Commons

14 October 2014 8:59

Alex Salmond was on Today this morning, muttering darkly about a new betrayal of Scottish voters from Westminster leaders. He was looking ahead to this afternoon’s debate on Scotland, where… Continue reading

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William Hague’s warming warm-up speech

28 September 2014 17:21

William Hague has just warmed up the Conservative party conference with a lovely, personal speech about his time as Leader of the House. It was tribal, claiming that he had… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: Strange allies and a fake truce makes for weird times in Westminster

10 September 2014 16:36

Weird times in Westminster. PMQs was downgraded today so that the evening news wouldn’t carry pictures of a remote House of Commons debating the referendum in a complacent and uncaring… Continue reading

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PMQs: Harman and Hague drop the questions and give a joint speech to save the Union

10 September 2014 13:27

PMQs was an odd affair today, and not just because there was no PM. It was more that William Hague and Harriet Harman, left in charge while their respective leaders… Continue reading

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Baroness Warsi ‘wanted to be Foreign Secretary’

5 August 2014 10:59

Now, now, no laughing at the back. Less than 12 hours after representing the government at WW1 commemorations, Baroness Warsi has quit — citing the government’s policy toward Gaza and… Continue reading

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Andrew Lansley’s international role in public service remains a mystery

17 July 2014 13:16

Coffee House apologises unreservedly for keeping readers in suspense for two days about Andrew Lansley’s mysterious international role in public service. Yesterday, Number 10 did tell us that discussions were… Continue reading

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Endangered species: a white middle-aged Tory still in the government. Just.

6am Spectator podcast special: Cameron’s reshuffle – the hiring begins

15 July 2014 6:00

Good morning. We’ve just had the night of the long knives – for middle-aged Tory ministers at least. Now for the promotions, and you can expect a disproportionate number of them… Continue reading

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Philip Hammond: a very Eurosceptic Foreign Secretary

14 July 2014 23:55

Philip Hammond’s promotion to Foreign Secretary means that we now have a Foreign Secretary who is on the record as saying he would vote to leave the EU unless substantial… Continue reading

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William Hague to quit as Foreign Secretary

14 July 2014 22:03

listen to ‘Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth discuss William Hague stepping down as Foreign Secretary’ on Audioboo William Hague is quitting as Foreign Secretary before standing down as an MP… Continue reading

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Are British politicians clueless about religion? Photo: Getty Images.

Podcast: Is religion the new politics, and Osborne on the up, Miliband on the down

26 June 2014 9:30

Are we seeing a global revival of religion, which is having a radical impact on politics? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Damian Thompson debates Cristina Odone on this… Continue reading

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The West should be careful when dealing with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Photo: Getty Images.

The West shouldn’t be too soft on Iran during ISIS crisis talks

17 June 2014 15:18

The choice in Iraq appears to be between the devil and the deep blue sea. On the one hand, ISIS need beating back. On the other, the West doesn’t want… Continue reading

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The abduction of 230-odd girls by Boko Haram is an appalling crime that has exposed the true character of the Nigerian government: useless and corrupt. (PHILIP OJISUA/AFP/Getty Images)

Boko Haram proves the Nigerian government to be corrupt and useless

6 May 2014 12:29

You know, the more we hear about the uselessness of the Nigerian government in dealing with the abduction – the rape, in the original sense of the word – by… Continue reading

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Sir Malcolm Rifkind delivers a stern warning on Ukraine

18 March 2014 14:55

MPs moved seamlessly today from debating the breeding season of the hare to the situation in Crimea. It’s been quiet recently, but this afternoon the House of Commons chamber hosted… Continue reading

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William Hague is keeping his options open (Photo: AFP/Andrew Cowie)

William Hague insists government’s options remain open on Ukraine

4 March 2014 13:31

It was clear from William Hague’s statement in the Commons just now that no decisions have been taken on what to do about Ukraine. The Foreign Secretary had already distanced… Continue reading

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William Hague: Ukraine is the biggest crisis in Europe in the 21st Century

3 March 2014 8:45

You couldn’t accuse William Hague of using soft language on the Today programme this morning when he said that ‘it is certainly the biggest crisis in Europe in the 21st… Continue reading

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A Russian flag is seen in the foreground as unidentified armed individuals in armoured vehicles block the base of the Ukrainian border guard service in Sevastopol. Picture: Getty

William Hague summons Russian ambassador as Russian parliament approves sending troops to Ukraine

1 March 2014 17:46

William Hague, the Foreign Secretary who is off to Kiev tomorrow, has issued the following statement:- ‘I am deeply concerned at the escalation of tensions in Ukraine, and the decision… Continue reading

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William Hague: Ukraine is not about a strategic competition between East and West and we must engage with Russia

24 February 2014 17:10

Russia has been presented as one of the bad guys in the coverage of the turmoil in Ukraine. But today, Sir Menzies Campbell told the Commons that the one thing… Continue reading

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The violent, bloody clashes in Kiev remind us that the EU is seen as an emblem of freedom and prosperity in parts of Eastern Europe. (PIERO QUARANTA/AFP/Getty Images)

Ukraine reinforces the case for a wider but shallower EU

19 February 2014 17:55

With Ukip heading for possible victory in the European elections and anti-EU fervour growing across the continent, it is hard to imagine a country where people are so desperate to join… Continue reading

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Will China kill all of Africa’s elephants?

13 February 2014 14:30

In 2010, Aidan Hartley, our ‘Wild Life’ columnist and Unreported World presenter, asked in his feature below: ‘Will China kill all Africa’s elephants?’ And, as I type, politicians from over 50… Continue reading

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Smoke rising from a building in the Syrian city of Daraya. Image: Getty

Assad will go – the question is how much blood will be spilled

16 January 2014 12:23

As we approach next week’s Geneva II Conference, the desire of the majority of Syrians, the moderate majority, for a just and sustainable resolution to the conflict in Syria must… Continue reading

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