William Hague to be News of the World columnist

The News of the World has completed its line-up of new columnists by signing up former Conservative leader William Hague.

The MP joins TV presenter Ulrika Johnson, celebrity gossip writers Rav Singh and Polly Graham and former royal press secretary Mark Bolland, who have all been added to the line-up of columnists in the past six months.

Film director Michael Winner will continue to write monthly features for the paper.

NoW editor Andy Coulson said: “William Hague was famed for his sharp, no-nonsense delivery at the dispatch box and we’re sure that will now translate into his column. Being a Tory won’t stop him targeting politicians of all parties.”

The paper has also revealed a wideranging reshuffle of its senior team following the announcement this week that news editor Ricky Sutton has handed in his notice and is moving abroad.

Picture editor Clare Wood is also leaving to pursue a career outside journalism.

Gary Thompson has been promoted from assistant editor (features) to associate editor (news and pictures). His first job will be to recruit replacements for the two leavers.

In other changes at the paper, Paul Ashton has been promoted to chief photographer and Jules Stenson has been promoted to assistant editor (features).

By Dominic Ponsford

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