Rory Stewart

How county's MPs voted in 'early election' debate

In yesterday's vote to trigger an early election, four of Cumbria's MPs voted in favour.

They were the county's two Conservative MPs and two independent MPs,Trudy Harrison for Copeland, John Stevenson for Carlisle, Rory Stewart for Penrith and the Border and John Woodcock in Barrow and Furness.

The Liberal Democrat for Westmorland and Lonsdale, Tim Farron, voted against a 12 December election and Labour's Sue Hayman who represents Workington, didn't vote.

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Rory's 'moderate' pitch for mayor: All we need is love

Announcing he would go in one step from MP for one of England's most rural constituencies, to running as mayor for its capital city, Rory Stewart said he would base his campaign on traditional moderate politics.

He said extremist politics was a greater danger to London than Brexit or technological change.

This was the most moderate country on Earth, one of the most settled places on Earth, the place that treated people with civility and dignity."

Rory Stewart

Mr Stewart, who walked all over his Cumbrian constituency and fought for the Conservative Party leadership by walking in many parts of the country, said he would launch his campaign in the city by walking through every borough, showing that the way to improve it was "through love".

Love not as a lazy compromise, but as something painful, something difficult, something risky about changing the world together."

Why Stewart's departure meant 'hold the front page'

Martin Lewes


The Penrith-based weekly paper, the Cumberland and Westmorland Herald, had to delay the printing presses at the last minute as the story of its local MP Rory Stewart not running for Parliament, but standing for election as Mayor of London, developed this morning.

Cumberland Herald office in Penrith

The Penrith and the Border MP had told the local newspaper he was going, but not what his next step was, and staff only found out he was running for office in the capital with five minutes to go before the presses were due to roll.

The switch wasn't thrown, the front page was quickly remade, and the paper will include the news when it hits the streets tomorrow morning.

This was a relief for the editor, Emily Atherton, who was at the end of her first week in the job as the first woman editor of the newspaper in 159 years.

It's been a heck of a first week, is all I can say!"

Emily Atherton

Stewart's pitch for London Mayor goes viral

Martin Lewes


A footnote perhaps, but Rory Stewart's short video announcing he would run for the office of London Mayor attracted more than 1,000 comments and 1,000 retweets within an hour of being posted.

They ranged, as you can imagine, from the effusive to the obscene, so if you want to sample the variety, click on the link above.

MP gets a thank you and best wishes from the party

The Conservative Party has given its formal farewell to Rory Stewart, who would not have been allowed to stand again for the party for Penrith and the Border, and who has confirmed he will not contest the seat as an Independent at the next election.

A party spokesperson said: “We would like to thank Rory for his hard work and wish him all the best for the future. We will be selecting our parliamentary candidate for Penrith and the Border in due course.”

Rory Stewart reads Boris Johnson's school report to resign from Tory party
At the Letters Live 2019 event in London, Rory Stewart appeared on stage to read a letter sent from the house master at Eton, Martin Hammond, to Boris Johnson's father, Stanley.

Carlisle's MP pays tribute to 'eloquent' Rory Stewart

The Conservative MP John Stevenson, Rory Stewart's constituency neighbour in Carlisle, has paid tribute to the Penrith and the Border MP.

Mr Stewart is quitting as an MP to run for London mayor as an independent candidate.

Speaking on BBC Radio Cumbria, Mr Stevenson (pictured) described Mr Stewart as "an incredibly able individual", and "very eloquent".

I wish Rory the very best."

John StevensonMP for Carlisle
John Stevenson

Rory Stewart to run for Mayor of London

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Former Conservative leadership candidate Rory Stewart is going to stand as an independent candidate to be Mayor of London.

The former International Development Secretary quit the Tory Party on Friday morning and announced his intention to stand down at the next general election.

The Penrith and The Border MP was among the 21 rebels who had the whip removed by Boris Johnson when he defied him in the Commons by backing a move designed to block a no-deal Brexit.

In June he ran against Mr Johnson in the race to lead his party.

Mr Stewart says he plans to walk through every borough of London before London's mayoral election in 2020.

He will run against the current Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Shaun Bailey the Conservative candidate, the Liberal Democrats Siobhan Benita and Green Party leader Sian Berry.

In an announcement this morning Mr Stewart said London is "a city in real danger".

"Danger from Brexit, from technological change but I think, above all, from what's happened in British Politics. The kind of extremism that is taking over country."