more on william hague visit to kirkby stephen 30th april



Shadow Foreign Secretary, Senior Member of the Shadow Cabinet and Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Richmond, the Right Hon William Hague is to join Rory Stewart on his campaign to win the seat of Penrith & the Border this Friday 30th April.  The pair are to join forces in Kirkby Stephen where William Hague will address an outdoor rally from 5-5.30pm in the Market Square before proceeding to an informal gathering at the Black Bull pub in Nateby.  (5.45pm-6.30pm)


William Hague has been a staunch supporter of Rory’s since Rory first stepped into the political forum, saying of him before his selection at Penrith:  “Rory has great experience of world affairs, is a gifted communicator and an appealing character.  We should jump at the chance to have such a high quality individual become a candidate.  He is a rare person in many ways but it is even rarer for someone like him to want to be an MP.   I recommend him without reservation.”


Still in his 40s, William Hague is often referred to as the ‘elder statesman’ of the Conservative Party.  He is renowned as a sharp, witty and incisive speaker, his grasp of national and international affairs admired by journalists, politicians and businessmen the world over.  He has represented his constituency of Richmond since he was elected to Parliament in a by-election  in 1989, succeeding former Home Secretary Leon Brittain.  At the last election, he won the seat with a majority of 17,807.


Of William Hague’s offer to help him on his campaign, Rory Stewart said:  “William is a great representative of rural areas and the conservative party, and a friend and personal inspiration to me.  William’s Richmond constituency is our neighbour and he instinctively understands our rural communities. He supports our battle here in Penrith & the Border to preserve and promote a unique way of life.  He will fight alongside us to  preserve our villages, our farms, our landscape and our local businesses and services, to create affordable housing, roll out high-speed broadband, cut red-tape and bring back common-sense. I am delighted to be able to welcome a politician and a Conservative of William Hague’s stature to Kirkby Stephen. “

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