Rory spoke on his thoughts about his new role as Minister for Africa. Watch it here:
Rory was sworn in as a member of the 2017 Parliament today.
I would like, through your pages, to thank everyone who voted for me in the general election.
It is a great honour to be returned as your Member of Parliament, in the most beautiful and special constituency in England.
I would like also to thank all of my campaign team and helpers in Penrith and The Border for their very hard work during the election period; the Acting Returning Officer, Matthew Neal, and his team at Eden District Council, and all the counting staff and the policeman at the count, for their professionalism and dedication; and, importantly, I pay tribute to my fellow candidates for the way in which they conducted their campaigns. It has been a great privilege to work alongside them.
I will continue to work as hard as possible to bring out what is so special about Penrith and The Border. Special not just in Cumbria, but in Britain. This is still the most remote, most sparsely populated, and largest constituency in England. And, if we can make something of that, and of our extraordinary landscape, and of the structure of our economy, we can in the coming decades really make this area something that can be the marvel of the world.
Once again my sincere thanks to everyone who participated in this election and for all the work that you have done. I look forward to continuing to represent you in Parliament.