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RORY STEWART: ‘I’LL RESIGN IF PRISON VIOLENCE DOESN’T IMPROVE’

Article originally published in The Guardian by Erwin James on 23 January 2019. By any measure our prisons are in a state of crisis. Last year, there were almost 50,000 incidents of self-harm among the 82,500 prisoners in England and Wales. Drug-fuelled violence is at an all-time high, with more than 32,500 assaults, 10,000 of […]

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INTERVIEW: PRISON SERVICE JOURNAL

First published in the Prison Service Journal by Paul Crossey in November 2018. Rory Stewart is the Member of Parliament for Penrith and the Border having been re-elected in 2017 following his initial election in 2010. He became Prisons Minister in January 2018, the fourth Minister in as many years. His previous ministerial roles in […]

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TIME TO CLEAN UP

Article first published in Inside Time by Erwin James on 31 May 2018. “What I’m trying to work out is what it is that makes one prison, for example Altcourse, work well, and another prison – not too far away – not work well,” says Prisons Minister Rory Stewart when we meet at MoJ headquarters […]

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‘I hope the audience will leave still confused by why it went wrong’

Article first published in The Times by David Aaronovitch on 3 May 2017. The playwright looks like a junior minister and the junior minister looks like a playwright. In 2003 the junior minister-looking one was on the Great Demonstration Against the War. A few weeks later the playwright-looking one was governing a province in southern Iraq. […]

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WHAT DOES HOME MEAN TO A NOMADIC TRAVEL WRITER?

Article first published in Outside by Andrew Fedorov on 22 November 2016. When Rory Stewart was 15 and visiting his parents in China, he bought a cheap bicycle in a Guangzhou department store and decided to bike more than 100 miles back to the family apartment in Hong Kong. This worried his mother, though perhaps […]

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A walk with the FT: London’s Hyde Park with Rory Stewart

Article first published in The Financial Times by Alec Marsh on 18 November 2016. Rory Stewart’s stride is long and distinctive. Not Ministry of Silly Walks distinctive, more of a purposeful lope – like a greyhound in the moments before determined acceleration. I hurry to keep up as he tells me his desired speed is […]

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RORY STEWART WALKS INTO HISTORY

Article first published in the Wall Street Journal by Alexandra Wolfe on 4 November 2016. In 2011, the British politician and diplomat Rory Stewart decided to walk the 73-mile length of Hadrian’s Wall, the nearly 2,000-year-old structure marking the northwest border of the Roman Empire, with his then 89-year-old father. Mr. Stewart’s goal was to […]