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Hague steps down after 'full generation' in politics

Richmond MP William Hague will take on one last role in Government before standing down from British politics.

He will be Leader of the House of Commons for the remainder of the current Parliament, but says it is time for a new generation of politicians to step up:

The 53-year-old, who was born in Rotherham, says he will focus on spending time with his family and continue his writing career which he says was sidelined in favour of his "very important work" in Government.

Thirsk and Malton MP regrets Hague departure

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Hague's neighbour @annemcintoshmp: "there are many who wished he'd come back and lead Tories again at some date...that is to be regretted"

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"He'll undoubtedly be missed in north and across the country. He's been outstanding figure of politics in 21st century" - @annemcintoshmp

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Cameron confirms Hague's new role in Cabinet

David Cameron has confirmed outgoing Foreign Secretary William Hague's new role as Leader of the House of Commons as the Prime Minister sets about announcing his Cabinet changes on Twitter.

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Confirming: William Hague to become Leader of the House of Commons. He remains First Secretary of State. #Reshuffle.

Mr Cameron also paid further tribute to Tory veteran Ken Clarke who leaves his post as Minister Without Portfolio.

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Ken Clarke has been a political Titan for more than a generation. His wise and trenchant views will be missed around the Cabinet table.

Read: Hague's rise from political prodigy to party statesman

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MPs pay tribute to 'extraordinary' Foreign Sec Hague

MPs from across the political spectrum have paid tribute to William Hague, who has stepped down as Foreign Secretary to become the Leader of the Commons before leaving Parliament next year.

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@williamjhague an extraordinary Foreign Secretary especially for his work challenging impunity & complacency on sexual violence in conflict

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I greatly admired William Hague as Foreign Secretary. Much respected internationally; also a calmly disciplined and professional politician.

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I've known William Hague for over 3 decades and although we've never agreed politically I can't imagine any better Tory Foreign Secretary

Read: Hague has been 'one of Tory Party's leading lights'

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Hague has been 'one of Tory Party's leading lights'

David Cameron said William Hague has been one of the Conservative Party's "leading lights" for a generation, after he announced his decision to leave the Commons next year.

David Cameron and William Hague. Credit: Reuters

Hague, who earlier quit as Foreign Secretary to become the Leader of the Commons, said the time was right to move on from politics.

Mr Cameron said Hague had been a "close confidante, wise counsellor and great friend".

Read: William Hague steps down as Foreign Secretary

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William Hague: Time is right to move on from politics

William Hague says the time is right to move on from politics as he announced his decision to stand down as an MP at the next election after 26 years.

Hague will leave his post as Foreign Secretary to become the Leader of the Commons, before leaving Parliament in 2015.

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

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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

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William Hague to stand down as MP at next election

William Hague will step down as an MP at the next general election, David Cameron has announced, as he paid tribute to the outgoing Foreign Secretary.

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

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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.

Search for missing dog after owner's van stolen

Buster Credit: North Yorkshire Police

The search has started for a dog who was inside a van when it was stolen in North Yorkshire.

The white Vauxhall Vivaro van, registration number DS60JDO, was stolen from the driveway of a bungalow on the Bolton Road in Scorton near Richmond at around 11.30am this morning.

A black and white spaniel called Buster who belongs to the owner of the van, was sat on the front seat.

The van was parked inside the grounds of the bungalow while the owner carried out work at the premises and the door of the van had been left open to help keep Buster cool.

The vehicle also contained the owner’s tools, along with his wallet.

PC Kalinka Smith-Owen of Catterick police said: “I am appealing to anyone who believes they have seen the van since this morning or knows of its current whereabouts to contact the police.

“There is added urgency and distress in this case with the theft of Buster the dog who may be in need of care and attention.

"It’s possible that Buster may have been dumped by the thieves, so I am also appealing to anyone who has seen a lone black and white spaniel in the Scorton, Richmond or surrounding areas to get in touch.”

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