occasionally shared twin hotel rooms. But this is no justification for allegations of this kind. William Hague revealed his private torment over his wife’s multiple miscarriages yesterday as he tried to quash growing rumours about his sexuality. The Foreign Secretary said he and Ffion were grieving after a number of unsuccessful and distressing attempts to start a family. In an extraordinary statement in which he laid bare his anguish, he also denied having an affair with a young male aide. It came as special adviser Christopher Myers, 25, suddenly quit over allegations about their relationship after they shared a hotel room while campaigning during the election. The former Tory leader, 49, insisted the slurs were “false” and “malicious”. He also declared he had never had a “relationship with any man”. Denying his marriage was in trouble, Mr Hague said: “Ffion and I believe that everyo
ne has a right to a private life. “However, we now feel it necessary to give some background to our marriage because we have had enough of this continued and hurtful speculation about us. “I have made no secret of the fact Ffion and I would love to start a family. For many years this has been our goal. Sadly this has proved more difficult for us than for most couples. “We have encountered many difficulties and suffered multiple miscarriages, and indeed are still grieving for the loss of a pregnancy this summer. “We are aware that the stress of infertility can often strain a marriage, but in our case, thankfully, it has only brought us closer together. “It has been an immensely traumatic and painful experience.” The Hagues married 13 years ago but rumours about their relationship and his sexuality have been the talk of Westminster for years. In his long statement, Mr Hague admitted sharing hotel rooms with Mr Myers while he worked as his driver during election camp
aigning, as first revealed on the Guido Fawkes blog. He said he should ha
ve realised the arrangement would spark speculation – but insisted it was entirely innocent. He revealed: “Whilst campaigning before the election we occasionally shared twin hotel rooms. “Neither of us would have done so if we had thought that it in any way meant or implied something else. “In hindsight, I should have given greater consideration to what might have been made of that. “But this is in itself no justification for allegations of this kind, which are untrue and deeply distressing to me, to Ffion and to
Christopher. He has now told me that, as a result of the pressure on his family from the untrue and malicious allegations made about him, he does not wish to continue in his position. It is a pity a talented individual should feel he needs to leave his job in this way.” Allegations of an affair with Mr Myers surfaced after the graduate joined the so-called Tyke mafia of Yorkshire-born staff working for Mr Hague in London. Christopher had worked in his constituency office and was made his third special adviser, on the public payroll, after the ConDems won power. Mr Hague revealed that speculation about his marriage to Ffion had increased the couple’s anguish over their unsuccessfully attempts to have children. But Sally Bercow, the Labour-supporting wife of the Commons Speaker John, criticised the Foreign Secr
etary for revealing the couple’s fertility battle. Writing on website Twitter, she said: “Why did you let William announce that?
Totally unfair on you.” The Foreign Secretary’s biographer Jo-Anne Nadler, who wrote William Hague - In His Own Right, said the statement must have been immensely painful for the MP as well as his wife. She added: “He has always studiously avoided talking about his personal life. Between the two of them they must have done some soul searching to put out th
is degree of personal information. “I hope it brings an end to these mean spirited and nasty rumour
s circulating.” Friends last night said that Mr Hague and his wife had felt driven into releasing the statement. One said: “They had just had enough.” David Cameron, who is on paternity leave, also threw his weight behind his Cabinet minister. A spokeswoman said: “He has the Prime Minister’s 100% support. He understands why he wanted to do this statement.” Labour had criticised the appointment of 30,000-a-year Mr Myers because he was the third special adviser hired by Mr Hague despite Tory promises to slash the Government’s army of political aides. Former Foreign Secretaries David Miliband and Jack Straw both had just two advisers. Officials insisted Mr Hague needed extra help because he has additional responsibilities as First Secretary of State, Peter Mandelson’s old role. His friendship with Mr Myers was evident when the Foreign Secretary had another “baseball cap moment” strolling in London with the aide last year. On being spotted by a photographer, Hague quickly removed his baseball cap – a reminder of the ridicule he attracted when he tried to jazz up his image as Tory leader in the late 90s by wearing similar head gear at a theme park. Mr Myers’ credentials to do his special adviser job have been under scrutiny since he graduated four years ago from Durham University with a second class honours degree. Since then he has trained as a lawyer but never worked for Tory HQ – the path most aides follow. Mr Myers’ parents, Barbara and Brian, live in Bolton-on-Swale, near Richmond, North Yorks, Hague’s constituency. Locals said Hague was a regular visitor at their home in the run-up to the election. One revealed: “He was not in an official vehicle but a 4x4 and you could see him wandering around
outside.” William Hagues statement Earlier this year a Sunday newspaper began questioning whether my marriage to Ffion was in trouble, and last week another media outlet asked whether there was a statement about our supposed separation. This seemed to be linked to equally untrue speculatio
n surrounding the appointment of Christopher Myers as a Special Adviser. Christopher Myers has demonstrated commitment and political talent over the last 18 months. He is easily qualified for the job he holds. Any suggestion that his appointment was due to an improper relationship between us is utterly false, as is any suggestion that I have ever been involved
in a relationship with any man. This speculation seems to stem from the fact that whilst campaigning before the election we occasionally shared twin hotel rooms. Neither of us would have done so if we had thought that it in any way meant or implied something else. In hindsight I should have given greater consideration to what might have been made of that, but this is in itself no justification for allegations of this kind, which are untrue and deeply distressing to me, to Ffion and to Christopher. He has now told me that, as a result of the pressure on his family from the untrue and malicious allegations made about him, he does not wish to continue in his position. It is a pity that a talented individual should feel th
at he needs to leave his job in this way. Ffion and I believe that everyone has a right to a private life. However, we now feel it necessary to give some background to our marriage because we have had enough of this continued and hurtful speculation about us. I have made no secret of the fact that Ffion and I would love to start a family. For many years this has been our goal. Sadly this has proved more difficult for us than for most couples.
We have encountered many difficulties and suffered multiple miscarriages, and indeed are still grieving for the loss of a pregnancy this summer. We are aware that the stress of infertility can often strain a marriage, but in our case, thankfully, it has only brought us closer together. It has been an immensely traumatic and painful experience but our marriage is strong and we will face whatever the future brings together. Several years ago one Sunday paper reported that Ffion was three months pregnant, without ever checking the story with us. This made even more difficult the fact that we had only just experienced another disappointment. We have never made this information public because of the distress it would cause to our families and would not do so now were it not for the untrue rumours circulating which repeatedly call our marriage into question. We wish everyone to know that we are very happily married. It is very regrettable to have to make this personal statement, but we have often said to each other “if only they knew the truth...” Well, this is the straightforward truth.