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Jolie sees Hague adviser take seat

Angelina Jolie has paid a visit to the House of Lords to see the special adviser to former foreign secretary William Hague take her seat.

The actress has worked closely with Mr Hague in a campaign to tackle sexual violence.

Mr Hague's Bosnian-born aide Arminka Helic, who took her seat today, gave Mr Hague a copy of Angelina's 2011 film In the Land of Blood and Honey, which featured rape during the Bosnian conflict.

The film is credited with inspiring Mr Hague's commitment to end sexual violence in war zones.

Baroness Helic, who still works as special adviser to Mr Hague as Leader of the Commons, will sit on the Conservative benches.

As she was introduced to the Lords, she was watched from one of the side galleries of the House by Angelina.

Angelina said: "I am very honoured to have been present at the introduction of my dear friend Lady Helic. I wouldn't have missed this day for the world."

Mr Hague, who is continuing his campaign with Ms Jolie in his new role, was also in the chamber for the introduction ceremony, sitting on the steps of the throne in the chamber.

Lady Helic was flanked by supporters Tory former foreign office minister Lord Howell of Guildford and Baroness Hodgson of Abinger as she pledged allegiance to the Queen.

She is reported to have agreed not to speak in the Lords or claim any allowances until she finishes working for Mr Hague, who is stepping down at the next election.

Lady Helic is one of 22 new appointments to the Lords announced by the Prime Minister in August.

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