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‘The secret of modern Britain is there is no power anywhere’

Article first published in The Guardian, by Decca Aitkenhead on January 3rd, 2014 If the 15-year-old Rory Stewart could see himself today at 40, “he would think I was a bit pathetic”. He would see at once “all the ways in which I’ve compromised, and sold out. And he would be absolutely right.” What would […]

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RORY STEWART: ADVENTURER, ACADEMIC, MP…PM?

Article first published in The Times by Sathnam Sanghera on 4 December 2013. Rory Stewart is 40 years old but seems to have packed more than a century of experience into his four decades. Studying at Balliol College, Oxford, he was hired by Prince Charles to be summer tutor to Prince William and Prince Harry. […]

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MP’S WALKABOUT TESTS TRUE GRASSROOTS’ APPETITE FOR SEPARATION

Article first published in The Times by Magnus Linklater on 14 September 2013. For Rory Stewart, getting to know a country means walking over it. As a youthful diplomat in his twenties he learnt about rural Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan and India by walking through them, covering 6,000 miles, staying in village houses and talking to […]

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Cherwell Online: Politics at Home and Abroad

Article first published by Rachel Savage in The Cherwell on 8 August 2013. “This is what I live and breathe in Cumbria. It’s the most exciting part of it!” Rory Stewart MP is enthusing about localism and his job as a rural Tory backbencher. This is from a man who has been a solider, a […]

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100 top global thinkers

  In its annual roll-call of the ‘100 Top Global Thinkers’, the world’s leading foreign affairs publication “Foreign Policy” has named Rory as one of its top 100 ‘thinkers…who make up the global marketplace of ideas’ in a list published today. The annual list reflects on those who have contributed to foreign policy thought in […]

Paths of Glory

Article first published in the New Yorker by Ian Parker on 15 November 2010. “There’s a part of me that makes me a little bit sick,” Rory Stewart said, sitting in the courtyard of an annex of the House of Commons, in London. It was a bright day in July; Stewart had just been elected to Parliament, […]

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THE INVENTORY: RORY STEWART

Article first published in The Financial Times by Hester Lacey on 22 October 2010. Rory Stewart, 37, left the British Diplomatic Service to walk 6,000 miles from Turkey to Bangladesh. He has served as a coalition deputy governor in Iraq and has lived in Kabul, where he founded a charity. He was elected MP for […]

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INTERVIEW: RORY STEWART

Article first published on politics.co.uk by Rebecca Burns on 14 June 2010. The new Penrith and the Borders MP is about as far from being a ‘career politician’ as you get, having packed in more than most before entering the Commons. His enormous walk, which took two years, was sandwiched by a stint in the […]

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RORY STEWART TREKS FROM SOUTH ASIA TO THE CONSERVATIVE BENCHES

Article first published in The Times on 5 May 2010. Talking newts and quoting T. S. Eliot in a rural tearoom stands a dangerous young man. Cynics will encounter Rory Stewart, 37, at their peril: he might just begin to restore their faith in politicians. The Oxford-educated Old Etonian and bestselling author has been a […]