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'Serious questions' over Hague's judgement

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In a personal statement, Foreign Secretary William Hague has admitted sharing a hotel room with a young male special adviser during the election but has vehemently denied improper behaviour.

Former political editor of the Daily Telegraph, George Jones said he thought Mr Hague had clearly shown "lapses of judgement".

Mr Jones told Today presenter John Humphrys that Mr Hague "has finally managed possibly to knock this on the head" but "I don't think he handled it well...

"In the end I think William Hague's career will survive" but "serious questions have been raised about his judgement," he added.

And he believed that Mr Hague "is wounded but he is not, as it were, down and out".

Journalism professor Roy Greenslade said he was uneasy about serious newspapers "taking a smear rather too seriously and giving it more prominence than it was due".

But he said that we now live in the age of "celebrification of politicians", concentrating on their personalities.

"Once a story is out there, denying it becomes a real problem for the victim of the smear," commented Prof Greenslade.

Yesterday Mr Hague said his special adviser, Christopher Myers, had resigned as a result of the "pressure" put on his family over the "untrue and malicious allegations made about him".

The Foreign Secretary also dismissed reports that his marriage was in trouble, revealing that his wife Ffion has had multiple miscarriages, including one this summer.


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