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William Hague Resigns As Foreign Secretary And Will Step Down As MP

The foreign secretary is ending a 26-year career in the House of Commons.

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The former Conservative leader will instead become leader of the House of Commons and provide political advice to prime minister David Cameron until the end of this parliament.

Hague will not seek re-election to his Richmond constituency, which he has represented since the age of 28.

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David Cameron said Hague would still play a key role in the government.

1/2 I'd like to pay an enormous tribute to @WilliamJHague who is standing down as an MP at the next election.

David Cameron@David_Cameron

1/2 I'd like to pay an enormous tribute to @WilliamJHague who is standing down as an MP at the next election.

8:58 PM - 14 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

2/2 Until then, I'm delighted he'll remain my de facto political deputy, play a key campaigning role and be Leader of the House of Commons.

David Cameron@David_Cameron

2/2 Until then, I'm delighted he'll remain my de facto political deputy, play a key campaigning role and be Leader of the House of Commons.

8:58 PM - 14 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Hague said he was proud of his time in office:

Tonight I am standing down as Foreign Secretary after 4 years to serve as Leader of the House of Commons

William Hague@WilliamJHague

Tonight I am standing down as Foreign Secretary after 4 years to serve as Leader of the House of Commons

8:59 PM - 14 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I will not stand as an MP in the May 2015 General Election, after 26 years as an MP

William Hague@WilliamJHague

I will not stand as an MP in the May 2015 General Election, after 26 years as an MP

9:00 PM - 14 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Role as Leader of the House means I will finish in politics as I began – speaking in Parliament and campaigning among the voters

William Hague@WilliamJHague

Role as Leader of the House means I will finish in politics as I began – speaking in Parliament and campaigning among the voters

9:01 PM - 14 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

From May 2015, after such a long period in politics I want to embark on many other things I have always wanted to do

William Hague@WilliamJHague

From May 2015, after such a long period in politics I want to embark on many other things I have always wanted to do

9:02 PM - 14 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Renewal in politics is good, and holding office is not an end in itself. After 26 years as an MP time will be right for me to move on

William Hague@WilliamJHague

Renewal in politics is good, and holding office is not an end in itself. After 26 years as an MP time will be right for me to move on

9:02 PM - 14 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Jim Waterson is a politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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