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EVENING STANDARD INTERVIEW

Article first published in the Evening Standard on 3 September 2019. Rory Stewart says he would still “love to be prime minister”. At the start of the summer this seemed just about plausible — the MP for Penrith and The Border was briefly the favourite to be the next Tory leader. Then he self-destructed, in an uncomfortable live […]

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Interview in The Times

Article first published in The Times on 24 August 2019 by Magnus Linklater. In the days after Rory Stewart lost in his bid to be prime minister and watched Boris Johnson take the country in what he saw as a disastrous direction, he began to question why he was in politics at all. He had, by general […]

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A Latter-Day Lawrence of Arabia Shakes Up Britain’s Tories

Article first published in The New York Times on 31 May 2019 by Ellen Barry. LONDON — Pete Wellock, a retired housing consultant from the village of Grappenhall, in the northwest of England, had just popped out to pick up some groceries last week when he found himself face to face with Rory Stewart, a gangly, […]

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‘I WILL PUT CUMBRIA BEFORE MY CABINET CAREER’

Article first published in the News & Star on 30 May 2019 by Emily Parsons. Rory Stewart says he can solve the biggest threats to the county – by being elected Prime Minister. Rory Stewart is one of 11 declared candidates in the running for the UK’s top role, and said he believes it is […]

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RORY STEWART: STEP BY STEP

Article first published in Libération by Sonia Delesalle-Stolpe on 22 April 2019. On l’a attrapé entre deux psychodrames du Brexit, un vote crucial et un autre décisif. On l’a coincé entre une table couverte de Lego, un petit bonhomme disant tout juste «papa» et un assistant parlementaire chargé de photocopier des dizaines de pages. Rory Stewart est […]

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Interview with The Times

Article first published in The Times by Rachel Sylvester and Alice Thomson, 13 April 2019 Every Sunday night, Rory Stewart draws a multi-coloured flow chart mapping out the possible Brexit scenarios. “It begins with six or seven immediate paths but then each one divides and subdivides,” he explains. “You have to hold in your head 25 […]

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Prospect Magazine Interview

Article first published in Prospect by Tom Clark on 12 April 2019. Shortly before the referendum, I recall reading Matthew Parris in the Times arguing that a Leave vote would “destroy” moderate conservatism in this country. At the time, this struck me as columnist’s hyperbole. This week, however, I met with prisons minister, one-nation Tory and the unlikely star […]

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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 […]