House of Commons

22-10-2013 11-08-17

Defence Spending

Written Transcript: Rory Stewart (Penrith and The Border, Conservative) I am well aware that my No. 1 obligation in my new role in the Defence Committee is to sit down quickly to let other people speak who know a great deal more about the subject than I do. I will therefore, very rapidly, give a […]

Scotland and the Union

Rory speaks on Scotland’s place in the UK

Transcript of House of Commons Backbench Debate – 6th February 2014 Rory Stewart (Penrith and The Border, Conservative) One thousand nine hundred years ago, Rome divided Britain with a wall. Britain is an island whose natural boundaries are the sea, and this wall split families and split tribes. Ever since that moment we have been debating […]

22-10-2013 11-03-25

Rory speaks on plight of Syrians in Prime Minister’s Questions

Transcript Rory Stewart (Penrith and The Border): Christmas in Syria will be defined by unstopping grief and horror in sub-zero temperatures. I encourage the Prime Minister to keep a relentless focus on humanitarian relief in Syria, to encourage the rest of the international community to meet the UN’s demands for £4 billion of assistance, and […]

22-10-2013 10-44-00

Commons Debate on the Rehabilitation of ex-service personnel

Transcript Rory Stewart (Penrith and The Border) (Con): I wish to speak to new clauses 2 and 3. As the hon. Member for Darlington (Jenny Chapman) has just pointed out, the Secretary of State has asked me to lead a review into these matters. I would like to pay huge tribute to the right hon. […]

House of Commons Localism speech


Rory has succeeded in his bid to hold a parliamentary debate on the issue of disabled access at railway stations, the latest milestone in his campaign to improve access to the station at Penrith in his constituency. Rory had received a commitment in 2012 that the lift would be installed by First Group, the successful […]

22-10-2013 10-38-36

Rory Speaks on the Iraq War

Transcript I thank the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion (Caroline Lucas) for securing this debate, and it is a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Wrexham (Ian Lucas), who made an extremely moving speech. I was not in the House for the 2003 vote, and I certainly do not want to focus on […]

22-10-2013 10-44-00

Rory Speaks on Rural Communities

Transcript There is the possibility that those on the Front Bench will have a weary cynicism about this debate—a feeling that statistics are being thrown around, that special pleading is going on, names of councils being showered down on them, and figures of 50% or 2% and different definitions and so on being mentioned, but […]