First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons William Hague MP was in Halifax this week to see the PolyFrame factory first-hand.
Mr Hague joined Conservative parliamentary candidate for Halifax Philip Allott on a tour of the company which has recently announced a boost of 300 local jobs.
He said: “It’s a fantastic company - I’ve been very impressed with what I’ve seen.
“I think it’s an inspirational business because it’s an example of succeeding in Britain.
“It’s providing employment and training for a huge number of people.”
The MP for Richmond has been in Parliament since 1989 and recently announced that he won’t be standing at the next election.
He said he was most proud of the work he did at the Foreign Office and taking the Disability Discrimination Act through Parliament.
He said: “Working with David Cameron over the last ten years has been great.
“He’s the sanest person I’ve worked with as a party leader and I want him to win the next election.”
He said he regretted how slowly the Conservative party responded to its loss to Tony Blair in 1997.
He said: “We should have changed even faster than we did - we should have brought in more women candidates and more ethnic minority candidates.
“We’ve done that now, but I wished we’d stepped on the accelerator at that time.”
Mr Hague was recently described by Prime Minister David Cameron as the ‘greatest living Yorkshireman’.
He laughed when asked about the statement and said: “This is not me that’s said that, and of course the greatest living Yorkshireman would be very modest.
“It’s not for me to say that, but the Prime Minister did say that - I understand Geoffrey Boycott wasn’t too pleased when he heard about it.”
He added that there is no chance that when he leaves Parliament he will join some of his former Conservative party collegues in defecting to UKIP.
He said: “A vote for UKIP is essentially a vote for Labour.”