William Hague

Members of House of Lords in robes at State Opening of Parliament, House of Lords, England, United Kingdom.

Long-serving frontbenchers and the Spadocracy dominate the 2015 dissolution peers

27 August 2015 13:42

The 2015 Dissolution Peerages have been announced, with many of the names floated in the press over the last few weeks duly being elevated to the House of Lords. The appointment… Continue reading

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Don’t expect to hear anything about Islamic State during the election campaign

7 April 2015 15:50

Granted, you don’t really expect foreign policy to feature much in an election campaign – we’re not saints – but it’s still shaming the way that the biggest foreign policy… Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth II Attends The State Opening Of Parliament

It’s time for John Bercow to hang up his gown

26 March 2015 15:25

There was a time when both MPs and viewers of Prime Minister’s Question Time would welcome an interjection from the Commons Speaker. Indeed, there was a time when the Speaker commanded… Continue reading


‘The noes have it’: Government loses bid to topple John Bercow

26 March 2015 13:45

More crying in the Commons. More applause. John Bercow didn’t try to hide his tears as it became apparent that the government had lost its vote that would have fatally… Continue reading

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Charles Walker: I have been played for a fool

26 March 2015 13:28

The Commons has gone beyond uproar on the vote on the secret ballot to re-elect the speaker. There has been clapping, a standing ovation, and tears. Charles Walker, chair of… Continue reading

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Parliament finishes in uproar over Speaker vote

26 March 2015 12:33

Well, after months of Parliament appearing boring, tired and without things to discuss, the zombie seems to have woken up. MPs are currently in uproar in the Chamber over William… Continue reading

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Do Yazidi slaves count for less than the Jordanian pilot?

6 February 2015 16:06

There was a remarkable report on Channel 4 news last night around a film by Mehran Bozorgnia, which featured an interview with half a dozen young Yazidi women from the Iraqi… Continue reading


Hague’s attempt to resolve West Lothian raises even more questions

3 February 2015 17:14

It doesn’t seem that William Hague has offered a decisive answer to the West Lothian question today. Indeed, judging by the reaction of the SNP and Tory MPs, the proposal… Continue reading

British Foreign Secretary William Hague arrives in Downing Street on July 14, 2014 in London, England

Is William Hague giving a ‘decisive’ answer to the West Lothian question?

3 February 2015 8:55

When David Cameron stood outside Downing Street the day after the Scottish independence referendum and said that the ‘West Lothian question deserves a decisive answer’, he was thinking mostly of… Continue reading

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Team Tory unite (but refuse to answer any questions about their own leadership bids)

5 January 2015 14:47

The Tories’ front of house team turned up today to try and stoke up a row about Labour’s spending plans. The Tory aim was twofold. First, to try and cement… Continue reading


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


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

Theresa May and Emily Thornberry. Photo: Alan Davidson.

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

Downing Street Prepares For Cabinet Reshuffle

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


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

The Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's State Visit To The UK - Day Two

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

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


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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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