Rory Stewart

British independent politician

Roderick James Nugent Stewart OBE FRSL FRSGS (born 3 January 1973), known as Rory Stewart, is a British politician. He was the Secretary of State for International Development from May 2019 to July 2019, and was a Member of Parliament (MP) for Penrith and The Border from 2010 through 2019.[1][2]

Rory Stewart

Secretary of State for International Development
In office
1 May 2019 – 24 July 2019
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byPenny Mordaunt
Succeeded byAlok Sharma
Minister of State for Prisons
In office
9 January 2018 – 1 May 2019
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded bySam Gyimah
Succeeded byRobert Buckland
Minister of State for Africa
In office
15 June 2017 – 9 January 2018
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byTobias Ellwood
Succeeded byHarriett Baldwin
Minister of State for International Development
In office
17 July 2016 – 9 January 2018
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded bySir Desmond Swayne
Succeeded byHarriett Baldwin
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
In office
12 May 2015 – 17 July 2016
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byDan Rogerson
Succeeded byThérèse Coffey
Chair of the Defence Select Committee
In office
14 May 2014 – 12 May 2015
Preceded byJames Arbuthnot
Succeeded byJulian Lewis
Member of Parliament
for Penrith and The Border
In office
6 May 2010 – 6 November 2019
Preceded byDavid Maclean
Succeeded byNeil Hudson
Personal details
Roderick James Nugent Stewart

(1973-01-03) 3 January 1973 (age 51)
Hong Kong
Political partyIndependent (2019–present)
Other political
Conservative (until 2019)
Shoshana Clark (m. 2012)
FatherBrian Stewart
ResidenceDufton, Cumbria, England
EducationEton College
Alma materBalliol College, Oxford
Military service
Allegiance United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Branch/service British Army
Years of service1991 - 1992
Rank Second Lieutenant (on probation)
Unit Black Watch

From 2016 to 2018, Stewart was Minister of State at the Department for International Development and Minister of State for Africa, and on 9 January 2018 he was appointed Minister of State for Prisons.[3]

Stewart was a candidate in the 2019 Conservative leadership election.[4]

On 3 October 2019, Stewart announced he had resigned from the Conservative Party and would stand down as an MP at the next general election.[5] He will stand as an independent candidate for Mayor of London in the 2020 election.

References change

  1. Stratton, Allegra (26 October 2009). "Former royal tutor Rory Stewart selected for safe Tory seat". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  2. Penrith and the Border Conservatives Rory Stewart becomes MP for Penrith and the Border
  3. "Rory Stewart MP OBE". GOV.UK. British Government. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  4. "Rory Stewart: I'd bring country together as PM". BBC News. 2 May 2019. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  5. Walker, Peter (4 October 2019). "Rory Stewart resigns from Conservative party". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 October 2019.