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CAIRN REPLACES CHAIN AS SYMBOL OF UNION

Article first published in The Sunday Times by Mark Macaskill and Jack Grimston on 13 July 2014. A member of parliament who wanted 100,000 people to link hands along the Scottish border in protest at Alex Salmond’s independence plans said he had been forced to drop the idea after health and safety fears were raised. Rory […]

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Rory Stewart walks Hadrian’s Wall

Article first published in The Financial Times on 20 June 2014. Hadrian’s Wall begins a little bewilderingly, buried under the settlements east of Newcastle, but stretches into some of the loveliest, loneliest country in Britain. Segedunum, the fort at the eastern end of the wall, has been excavated from under tight terraces of Victorian housing […]

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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 […]

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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 […]