William Hague stands down as foreign secretary in Government reshuffle

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William Hague has stepped down as the foreign secretary in this evening’s reshuffle.

Hague earlier this year took a strong stance against international anti-gay laws, saying he was “deeply saddened” by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s decision to sign a law further criminalising homosexuality there.

Hague stepped down today, much to the surprise of supporters. According to reports, he will not stand again in the 2015 election.

He will take on the role of leader of the House of Commons, with immediate effect.

On the Ugandan bill, he said: “I am deeply saddened and disappointed that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda has been signed into law.

“The UK strongly opposes all discrimination on any grounds.

“We question the bill’s compatibility with Uganda’s constitution and international treaty obligations.

“There can be no doubt that this bill will increase persecution and discrimination of Ugandans, as well as damage Uganda’s reputation internationally.”

Mr Hague added: “We ask the Government of Uganda to protect all its citizens and encourage tolerance, equality and respect. We will continue to press the Government of Uganda to defend human rights for all, without discrimination on any grounds.”