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RORY STEWART MP RESPONDS TO WESTMINSTER DOSSIER ALLEGATIONS

I have been horrified to find that someone has inserted my name into a fake list or spreadsheet, that claims to be about MP harassment. This list has then been emailed around and shared on twitter, without any attempt to check whether it was true. I have no idea where this list originally came from, […]

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Rory on Consular Support for British Citizens

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr McCabe. Consular support is fundamental to British foreign policy. It is probably the very oldest element of British foreign policy. Before we had a Foreign Office, protecting British citizens abroad was in our DNA, and it remains for us a very fundamental responsibility. That is […]

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Rory speaks on the International Day of Democracy

It is a privilege to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Betts. In 2003, George W. Bush, making his State of the Union address, provided one of the great optimistic statements about democracy. He said that because democracies respect their own people and their neighbours, freedom would bring peace. At that period, 14 or 15 years […]

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Rory Stewart speaks on the Humanitarian situation in Yemen

I begin by paying huge tribute to the right hon. Member for Leicester East (Keith Vaz). For as long as I have been in the House and long before I entered the House, he has been a great champion of the interests of Yemen. He understands Yemen, as he pointed out, from his early childhood […]

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Rory Stewart MP on Syria

My decision on the Syria vote was strongly influenced by my personal experiences and work in Bosnia, in Kosovo, in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Balkans showed me how important an international intervention can be in protecting civilians. Iraq and Afghanistan showed how much uncertainty and ignorance and risk we face in intervention. There are risks […]

22-10-2013 11-03-25

Prime Minister’s Questions – Contaminated Blood

Rory Stewart: One of the most disturbing scandals has been the infection of thousands of people across the nation with HIV and hepatitis C through contaminated blood. Today Lord Penrose publishes a report that follows nearly 25 years of campaigning by Members on both sides of this House to address the scandal. Will the Prime […]

22-10-2013 10-41-21

Rory speaks in Parliament on the Next Defence and Security Review

Transcript Rory Stewart : I should like to begin by talking about the House of Commons Defence Committee’s report. The key element in the report, and in what I hope will be my relatively brief remarks, is that Russia poses a significant and substantial threat to Europe. That argument has been made in great detail […]

22-10-2013 10-54-07

ARMED FORCES (SERVICE COMPLAINTS AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE) BILL

Transcript: Rory Stewart (Penrith and The Border, Conservative) I will try to speak quite briefly. I pay a huge tribute to everyone involved for the way that this debate has been conducted. There has been a very good debate in the House of Lords, some very serious work by the Defence Committee since 2005 and […]

22-10-2013 11-14-11

IRAQ INQUIRY

Transcript: Rory Stuart (Penrith and The Border, Conservative) It seems to me that the challenge in relation to the Chilcot inquiry is our inability in Britain to come to terms with failure, our inability to come to terms with what exactly went wrong with Iraq, and our inability to reform. As a result of all […]

22-10-2013 10-44-00

Trident Renewal

Transcript: Rory Stewart (Penrith and The Border, Conservative) It is a great privilege to follow John Woodcock, who gave an extremely eloquent, entertaining and serious speech. I will try to speak briefly. The great challenge here is to try to work out, after nearly 60 or 70 years of this debate, what new there is […]