Richmond (Yorks) (House of Commons)
Rt Hon. William Hague MP (Conservative)
Surgery: Unit 1, Omega Business Village
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. Stepped down as Foreign Secretary at the July 2014 reshuffle to become Leader of the House and potentially focus on a role in the forthcoming General Election campaign. He also announced that he would be standing down from Parliament at the 2015 General Election.
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 (2010-), Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (2010-14). Leader of the House of Commons (2014-).
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
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Yorkshire and the Humber (European Parliament)
Mr Mike Hookem MEP (UKIP)
MEP Since - 2014. Born - 19. Married.
Education - N/a.
Previous Occupation - Served for four years in the Royal Air Force (RAF). Property Manager, Residential Property Group Ltd (2011-13). Researcher for Godfry Bloom MEP.
Personal Overview - Since joining the party in 2008 he has been active in the Yorkshire Region and was a candidate at the 2010 General Election in Hull. Within UKIP as the Chair of the Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire Region he has been active in setting up a Regional Training Team to give help and support to those members wishing to stand for the party in local or Westminster elections. During the 2014 European Election campaign he received several death threats after a spelling mistake on his business card was printed in the Private Eye magazine along with his mobile phone number.
Political History - Joined UKIP (2008). General Election candidate for Hull East (2010). Chairman of the Yorkshire & North Lincolnshire Region Committee (2011-14). MEP Yorkshire & The Humber Region (2014-). Member of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence (2014-). Substitute member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (2014-). Substitute member of the Committee on Fisheries (2014-).
Other Information - He spent nine years as a reservist for the Commando Engineers.
Intergroups - N/a.
Business Tel: +32(0)2 28 45561
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