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William Hague’s foreign office era: campaigning but constrained

The Foreign Secretary's departure has come as a surprise to many. What can his successor learn from his tenure?

By Bronwen Maddox  

William Hague campaigned with Angelina Jolie against sexual violence in conflict

William Hague’s voice was a handicap when he was leader of the Conservative Party; it was his greatest asset as Foreign Secretary. Flat, gravelly, but warm, particularly on the causes he made his own, it was instantly recognisable, on radio or across the kind of international conference hall where personality is mangled by simultaneous translation. He has been one of Britain’s most outspoken…

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