MP's fact of the day: How do you say that in Persian?
Penrith and the Border Conservative MP Rory Stewart has travelled, sometimes well off the beaten track, in many countries and speaks some French, Persian and Indonesian, with a lesser smattering of Russian, Chinese, Serbo-Croat, Urdu and Nepali.
But from this, he feels merely average in global terms.
The MP for Penrith and the Border, Rory Stewart, who is Africa minister in the Foreign Office, has been offering British help in Zimbabwe after the resignation of the long-standing President, Robert Mugabe.
Before leaving the UK, Mr Stewart said: "Britain wants to be a genuine partner for Zimbabweans as they forge a new
MP steps back from 'British ISIS must be killed' comment
The Penrith and the Border MP Rory Stewart has "clarified" a comment he made at the weekend, that most British fighters with the so-called Islamic state forces are so dedicated, they must be killed.
Mr Stewart, who's the minister for international development and has extensive experience in Afghanistan and Iraq, said in a BBC interview that there were difficult moral issues, but most fighters expected to be killed.
The government said his comments were in line with the UK's stated position.
Today Mr Stewart said, though, that normal international law should still apply.
Anybody who is an enemy combatant, British or otherwise, needs to be treated in accordance with the rules of war and in accordance with the law."
Rory Stewart: Tories need to consider younger voters
The MP for Penrith and the Border, Rory Stewart, says it was Labour's ability to attract younger voters that boosted their vote.
His majority was cut by 3,984 in the safest Tory seat in the county.
There's been a big swing to Labour across the country and I think a lot of that seems to be the turnout of younger people. That's something we're going to have to look at after the election."