The first sitting of parliament has finally taken place in the UK following an indecisive general election which led to the formation of the country's first coalition government since World War II.
It promises to be a new era in UK politics, but it also represents a very abrupt career change for one new Conservative MP.
Rory Stewart has been a soldier, a diplomat and a bestselling author. He was once a deputy governor in post-war Iraq, and walked 6000 miles across Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India, relying solely on the hospitality of the people he met on the way.
But now Rory is the Member of Parliament for Penrith and the Border - a mainly rural area which covers parts of North West England.
In a special programme, Outlook spent time with Rory Stewart as he began his first few days as a new MP.
He spoke to Matthew Bannister in and around the Houses of Parliament, and shared his very personal view of what it's like to become an MP at a time of such economic and political uncertainty.
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