William Hague is going but he’s still so connected

Richmond MP William Hague makes it on to the GQ list
Richmond MP William Hague makes it on to the GQ list
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HE HAS already stood down as Foreign Secretary and will give up his role as leader of the Commons at the General Election, but William Hague is still well connected.

Mr Hague is one of three Yorkshire MPs to appear on the GQ magazine list of best connected politicians, published today.

The Richmond MP and Sheffield Hallam and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg have now been joined by Labour leader Ed Miliband, the Doncaster North MP.

Prime Minister David Cameron is also on the list together with Boris Johnson and Michael Gove – with party strategist Lynton Crosby also featuring.

The Mayor of London’s aides Sir Edward Lister and Will Walden also made it on to the magazine’s 2015 list of the 100 Most Connected Men and, like the leaders of Labour and the Liberal Democrats, shared a space.

While Mr Miliband may not be happy to be listed alongside the Deputy Prime Minister, GQ marked them as future allies, writing: “There is one connection that is the best chance of success for both of them: each other. Rumour is that plans for a Lib-Lab pact have been drawn up, in which Miliband would allow Mr Clegg to keep his job as Deputy Prime Minister, undoubtedly much to the chagrin of Labour activists.”

Meanwhile, Mr Cameron is praised for his strong ties with US president Barack Obama, who “rates him”, and as someone whose network extends outside politics, forming “the kind of easy friendships one imagines Tony Blair envies” with the likes of Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter.

The magazine adds: “What’s more, the new focus in the party (yes, that’s right, on the ‘long-term economic plan’) has connected well with the electorate. And that’s his most crucial network of all.”

Ukip leader Nigel Farage was snubbed in favour of one of its two MPs – the Tory defector Douglas Carswell.