William Hague has stepped down as Foreign Secretary after a Cabinet reshuffle by David Cameron.
From Conservative prodigy to veteran of the Tory ranks, Mr Hague rose to the top in British politics.
He was catapulted to national attention as a 16-year-old when he unleashed his now famous Yorkshire speech on the 1977 party conference, to the delight of Margaret Thatcher and the media.
He cut his election teeth with defeat at the 1987 General Election in the Labour stronghold of Wentworth, near Rotherham - but within two years was in Parliament, winning a by-election in Richmond, North Yorkshire.
Speaking to GQ magazine in 2000 he said:
Hague entered the Cabinet as Welsh secretary in 1995 - a posting where he met civil servant Ffion Jenkins, whom he married in 1997.
He then took on the Labour leader Tony Blair, who had been swept to power on an overwhelming wave of public support in 1997 after 18 years of Tory rule.
His time as leader is perhaps best remembered for his campaign to "save the pound" while many nations in Europe adopted the Euro as their currency.
During Prime Minister's Questions in October 2000, he memorably told the Commons:
Yet a widely-criticised 2001 campaign ended with the Tories gaining just one seat and Mr Hague standing down.
His return to the backbenches was not permanent though with Hague eventually persuaded to return to the top end of the party as shadow foreign secretary.
He emerged relatively unscathed from the Westminster expenses scandal, forced only to repay £600 in mortgage interest claims.
When the Tory-Liberal Democrat coalition assumed office, Hague was confirmed as Foreign Secretary.
His return to office was marred by internet rumours about his personal relationship with his then-special adviser Christopher Myers and the extraordinary personal statement Hague issued to counter speculation.
Hague denied having had an ''improper'' relationship with Mr Myers, although he said they had ''occasionally shared twin hotel rooms'', and insisted his marriage was secure.
Hague also went public with the difficulty he and his wife had encountered in having a family.
However, he has been a vigilant Foreign Secretary during a tumultuous period for international affairs, largely dominated by the Arab Spring.
Last year Hague described the Syrian regime as ''an evil we must stand up to one way or another'' but insisted the Government was not ''gung-ho'' about military action.
Downing Street announced Hague will replace Andrew Lansley as Leader of the Commons
after standing down as Foreign Secretary, before quitting as MP for Richmond, North Yorkshire next year.
William Hague's list of random requests by Brits on holiday to the Foreign Office: