MPs: William Hague MP; Rebecca Taylor MEP;

Richmond (Yorks) (House of Commons)

Rt Hon. William Hague MP (Conservative)

Surgery: Unit 1, Omega Business Village
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Surgery Tel: 01609 779093

MP Since - 1989 Majority - 23,336 Born - 26/03/1961, Married (Ffion Hague). Education - Wath-on-Dearne Comprehensive School, Magdalen College Oxford (President Oxford Union), Insead Business School (Fontainbleau, France). Previous Occupation - Public Affairs Executive Shell (1982-83), Management Consultant McKinsey & Company (1983-88).
Personal Overview - Often said to be to the centre right of the Conservative Party, and rose very quickly through the ranks of MPs. One of the youngest ever Cabinet Ministers, he gained the party leadership at the youngest age since Napoleonic Prime Minister William Pitt (the Younger). His leadership was characterised by Labour as bandwagon jumping, a charge which proved difficult to wholly refute. Populist in his policy stance on the main Conservative issues (Europe and asylum seekers) he won Local Council and European elections in the mid-term of the first Blair Government, but failed to prevent a second Labour landslide in June 2001. Resigning immediately after the defeat he returned to the backbenches for the first time in eight years. An excellent Commons performer, recognised as coming out ahead in his exchanges with Tony Blair at Prime Minister's Questions, his failure to gain seats was his undoing. After a low Commons profile including a consultancy to construction equipment firm JCB, he joined a leadership advisory panel set up by Michael Howard in November 2003, with a mandate to occasionally speak from the Front Bench. Reentered front line politics in the first David Cameron Shadow Cabinet in December 2005, and as Foreign Secretary has a second chance to use his considerable political talents for his party in Government.
Political History - MP Richmond (1989-), PPS to Chancellor of the Exchequer (Norman Lamont) (1990-93), Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Social Security (1993-94), Minister of State, Department of Social Security (1994-95), Secretary of State for Wales (1995-97). Conservative Party Leader (1997-2001). Member of Leadership Advisory Panel (2003-05). Member, Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform (2003-), Shadow Foreign Secretary (2005-10). First Secretary of State, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (2010-).
Characteristics - Often compared to Harold Wilson (after his infamous Conservative 1976 Conference speech), he was quickly promoted by John Major, and succeeded him following the 1997 catastrophe. Soundly defeated in June 2001 he ironically achieved personally one of the Conservative best performances, managing a positive eight percent swing. Led the party as caretaker until his successor's election in September 2001. Deputy Chairman of the International Democrat Union (Christian Democrat, Conservative Alliance Group).

Business Tel: 020 7219 4611


Interests: Agriculture,Defence,General Economy

Commitee membership
  • British-American Parliamentary Group (Member)


Yorkshire and the Humber (European Parliament)

Ms Rebecca Taylor MEP (Liberal Democrat)

MEP Since - 2012 Born - 10/08/1975.
Education - Robinwood and Todmorden High schools. University of Sheffield. University of Leeds (BA in Japanese and Management Studies). University of Kent (MA in International Relations). King’s College London (MA in Public Health).
Previous Occupation - Public affairs assistant, Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association Europe (1998-2000). Web Editor/Journalist, IMS Health, Brussels, Belgium (2000-2001). Information and communications officer, Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union, Brussels, Belgium (2002-2005). External Communications Manager at the International Federation of Animal Health (IFAH and IFAH-Europe), Brussels, Belgium (2005-2006). Consultant, Food, Health and Retail team at Fleishman-Hillard, Brussels, Belgium (2006-2009). Stakeholder Relations Manager, NHS Commissioning Support for London, London, UK (2009-2010). Senior Researcher at the International Longevity Centre - UK, London, UK (2010-2011). Account Director in the Healthcare team at Hanover Communications, London, UK (2011-2012).

Personal Overview - Replaced former MEP Diana Wallis in this seat in 2012 after she decided to stand down. Her family background stems from Todmorden in West Yorkshire where both her parents were former Mayors. She has a career background working in public affairs/communications both in the UK and in Brussels, as well as working in the health sector helping patients to improve NHS services. Politically, she is a third generation Liberal Party member and has shown a particular interest in public health issues. Her main areas of interest being malnutrition, childhood obesity, older people’s health, vaccination, and health inequalities. She has also been involved in health policy research as well as helping health sector organisations with their communications.

Political History - Local Party Executive member (2002-2005) and local Party Chair (2006-2008) of the Brussels and Europe Liberal Democrats. Liberal Democrat member (2002-). European parliamentary candidate for the Yorkshire and Humber region (2009). General Election candidate for Rotherham (2010). MEP Yorkshire & The Humber Region (2012-). Substitute member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (2012-). Member of the Committee on Legal Affairs (2012-).

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Business Tel: +32 (0)2 28 45201


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Interests: Environment,Economic Regeneration,Public Health,Health & Safety,Employment,Youth Issues

Commitee membership
  • Legal Affairs (Member)
  • Environment, Public Health & Food Safety (Substitute)


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