5 reasons William Hague could have stepped down as foreign secretary

Behind the shock announcement

William Hague resigns

Hague today (15 July 2014) after his resignation

William Hague has stepped down as foreign secretary, in a surprise announcement during David Cameron’s cabinet reshuffle.

The Richmond (Yorkshire) MP, who used to be the leader of the Conservative party, took on the role on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 2010.

Once unpopular as a politician after leading his party to defeat in 2001, Hague had recently become one of the less divisive figures in Cameron’s government.

He will also stand down as an MP at next year’s general election, after 26 years.

His resignation from the foreign secretary post came as a surprise to Westminster and the media. He hasn’t said exactly why he’s left, so we look at five reasons Hague could have resigned:

1. He felt sidelined in his foreign secretary role

William Hague foreign secretary

Hague has been criticised for not being a strong enough voice in the government over foreign issues. Cameron has been seen to be leading on the debate on EU membership, and some have speculated the foreign secretary was unhappy being marginalised on the most important aspect of foreign policy at the moment.

2. He’d made a deal with Cameron to return for a fixed term

William Hague cat

It’s quite likely Hague agreed to return to the cabinet under the agreement that he served only one term as foreign secretary. The role can be much more demanding than other government positions as it requires a lot of foreign travel. Hague was asked to be the shadow chancellor by then Tory leader Michael Howard in 2005 but declined because of his business commitments. This could be the reason Hague is taking a step back now. Doing this almost a year before the next general election means a newer MP will have time to settle into the role.

3. He doesn’t see eye-to-eye with the PM

William Hague and David Cameron

While Hague has been seen as being loyal to the prime minister during his time in Cameron’s cabinet, their foreign policy views conflict with one another. Hague is pro-European and sceptical of getting too involved with the United States, but the PM has shown himself to be the opposite. This is likely to have created friction between the two men and could have been what led to Hague’s resignation.

4. Cameron thought his reputation was tarnished by past scandals

William Hague and wife Ffion

Hague in 2001 with his wife Ffion after losing the general election

Although moderately popular as a foreign secretary at the time of his departure, there have always been many Tories who saw the former leader as being responsible for the party’s defeat in 2001. Adding to this a number of other, more recent scandals, have taken their toll on Hague’s reputation. In 2010, he was accused of having an affair with a 25-year-old man, who he admitted to sharing a room with and whom he had subsequently made a special advisor. He also came under fire for his handling of the Syria crisis.

5. He was enjoying being a backbencher

William Hague Angelina Jolie

Having been an extremely ambitious politician, it might have come as a surprise to Hague himself that he enjoyed life as a backbencher. He taught himself piano at the age of 40 and wrote a number of history books, including an award-winning biography of William Pitt the Younger. During his time as foreign secretary, he also began an unlikely partnership with Hollywood star Angelina Jolie, launching a campaign to end sexual violence in conflict – something he is clearly passionate about and plans to continue working on in his new role as the PM’s special representative.

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    Jan.---- 2015.

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    Richard Alderman the SFO boss ---- who responded to our letter was the same man who would not investigate the “ Madoff” scandal or the “Libor” fiasco.
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    Pictet & Cie .Bank --- voted private bank of the year 2013.
    Ivan Pictet ---- Voted banker of the year 2012. ---- the senior partner --- lied on numerous occasions and had documents destroyed --- also said genuine documents were forgeries. ----- so there.

    Ivan Pictet in Oct. 2013 ---- Given the Legion of Honour --- but saying that ---- honours were given to Hitler --- Eichmann --- Mussolini ---Franco --- he's in fitting company. ----so there.

    MONTY RAPHAEL.Q.C. -- Peters & Peters.London. They were the banks lawyers.
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    Monty Raphael.Q.C. became an Honorary Queens Counsellor in March. 2012.
    Monty Raphael.Q.C. became a Master of the Bench in Nov.2012.
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    Insert.----- The Crimes of ----- Pictet & Cie Bank.
    or insert
    Ivan Pictet/ Monty Raphael Q.C.

    Update --- Jan.. 2015.

    Full Story--- "Google " ---- The Crimes of -----Pictet & Cie. Bank.

    1996 ----- F.S.A--- Breach in London.

    2003 ----- F.S.A. -- States rogues operating in Pictet's London office. Ivan Pictet
    states that documents were forgeries but were later proved to be genuine in
    the British Courts. He had documents destroyed in their London office --
    hoping to hide the crimes.

    2007 .- - - The Securities and Exchange Surveillance issued a recommendation
    that the Prime Minister and The Commissioner of the FSA to take disciplinary action against Pictet Asset Management – Japan Ltd.

    2008 .-- Dec. - Pictet Bank state - " We have never chosen any funds linked to Madoff.

    2011 - - - Madoff Trustees sue Pictet & Cie. Bank for $156 Million.

    2011- - - Pictet & Cie Bank abetted a Bribery Scheme - Oil company sues Pictet for $350Million

    2012 - - - April – Geneva Bank Pictet used in Offshore Tax Scheme. ( USA.)

    2012 -- - June. -- Published in Anglo INFO .Geneva.--- USA Trust Fund Investors were sent false and fraudulent documents by Pictet Bank in order to collect large fees. ( Like MADOFF)
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    2012 - - - July. -- De – Spiegel. -- states – Pictet Bank uses a letterbox company in
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    German millionaires as clients.

    2012 - - - August ---- German Opposition Leader accuses Swiss Banks of "organised crime."

    2013 --- Jan.--- Swiss MP' table motion to freeze Tiab Mahmud's assets of " criminal origins"
    held in Swiss banks – $18 million held in 5 accounts at Pictet & Cie. Bank. Bahamas.

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    Swiss Bank Accounts. Jan . 2015.

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    2012 -- - June. -- Published in Anglo INFO .Geneva.--- USA Trust Fund Investors were sent false and fraudulent documents by Pictet Bank.Switzerland. in order to collect large fees. ( Like MADOFF) ---Even after the SEC in the USA uncovered the fraud Pictet continued to charge fees and drain whatever was left in these accounts. Estimated that $90,000,000 million lost in this Pictet Ponzi scheme.

    2012 - - - July. -- De – Spiegel. -- states – Pictet Bank uses a letterbox company in
    Panama and a tax loophole involving investments in London to gain
    German millionaires as clients.

    2012 - - - August ---- German Opposition Leader accuses Swiss Banks of "organised crime."

    All the fines that crooked Swiss banks have incurred in the last few years exceeds £75.Billion.
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    Pictet & Cie. -- Partners. --- (1999 --- 2015)---guilty.

    The bank and it’s officials/lawyers deliberately withheld crucial documents requested under a High Court order. The bank and it’s officials/lawyers deliberately withheld evidence from the Police, and one of it’s account managers Susan Broadhead gave a false witness statement to the Police.
    Another one of it’s managers Nicholas Campiche ( Now Head of Pictet – Alternative Investments.) concocted a letter pretending to be a client and closed his account. The senior partner (Ivan Pictet.) sought to have numerous documents destroyed,along with those copies held in their London office’s of Pictet Asset Management. Initially stating that they were forgeries then their lawyers Peters & Peters – Monty Raphael Q.C.–and the barrister Charles Flint.Q.C. later had to admit in Court that the documents were genuine.

    British Parliament. Hansard .29th March 2007.
    Barry Sheerman .M.P.—quote.

    ---------“ Constituents of mine have lost £2 million through fraud. The fraudster used Pictet & Cie - - a French Bank - - and Pictet Asset Management to back the fraud being perpetrated.””

    Both Ivan Pictet and Monty Raphael.Q.C. conspired to withhold crucial documents requested by the High Court – the FSA --- and the Police Fraud Squad.

    Written Parliamentary Questions received by the table office ..

    (1) To ask the secretary of state what steps he is taking to ensure that Swiss Banks such as Pictet & Cie do not evade criminal prosecution under EU law even when the illegal act is committed by a London based subsidiary.

    (2)To ask the secretary of state what steps he is taking to protect the rights of UK citizens who seek redress following criminal activities by Swiss banks with subsidiary offices located in London.

    *** We note that there has been a sharp increase in Peters & Peters partners leaving to go to other practices. Moving does not alleviate them of any responsibility from any illegalities that may have occurred at Peters & Peters during their partnership tenure. From 1999 onwards.

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    5 .5years ---- approx 10 .5 million e-mails - - - but still no writs, injunctions or threats of litigation - - - WHY - - - because it is all true.

    *** . The bigger they are --- the harder they fall.!!!
    In America ---- they would have all been in prison for the last seven years.

    Feb 2013,--- Pictet & Cie Bank Partners remove their unlimited liability.
    They realise that all their personal wealth is at risk , the people they have conned might want their money back.

    Full Story.*** ---" Google" -----insert.--- Pictet & Cie. Bank.

    Insert-- ( Charles Pictet. Banker.
    Insert-- ( Ivan Pictet.Banker.
    Insert-- ( Jacques de Saussure.Banker.
    Insert-- ( Nicolas Pictet. Banker.
    Insert-- ( Jean-Francois Demole.Banker.
    Insert -- ( Philippe Bertherat. Banker.
    Insert-- ( Renaud de Planta. Banker.
    Insert. -- ( Monty Raphael.Q.C.)

    Over the last eighteen months we posted the following on hundreds of sites . ---

    *** Were currently waiting for the West Yorkshire Police ;-
    (1) Chief Constable . Sir Norman Bettison
    (2) Forces Solicitor. Mike Percival.
    (3) Head of Economic Crime Unit. Det Chief Inspector. Steven Taylor.

    to see if they continue to cover up this case like the FSA. – “ watch this space.”

    We can now state that all the above have been removed from their posts. All three facing criminal allegations.

    These three senior police officers helped and assisted the Pictet & Cie Bank in keeping crucial criminal evidence from the High Court and Court of Appeal.

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