Looking for a New Leader

"I wish I could have led you to victory." With these sad, sober words outside the party's London headquarters, Conservative leader William Hague dramatically and unexpectedly announced his resignation, leaving a stunned party to find itself a new head. Hours earlier, he had conceded his party's defeat after a night of results he found "deeply disappointing." Labour's second successive landslide victory was a bitter blow to Hague, whose passion for politics began in his early teens and whose dazzling career in the party — he was an M.P. at 27, a cabinet minister at 34 — suggested he might one day...

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