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Old 04-10-2019, 08:56 AM
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Rory Stewart stands down from Tories and as an MP

Bit of a surprise. Thought he came across well in the Tory leadership race, surprised he isn't carrying on as an independent but confirmed he will stand down as an MP at the next General Election entirely.
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Old 04-10-2019, 09:03 AM
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Shame. Seemed like a decent smart public servant and a politician of some degree of principle.
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Old 04-10-2019, 09:04 AM
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Bit of a surprise. Thought he came across well in the Tory leadership race, surprised he isn't carrying on as an independent but confirmed he will stand down as an MP at the next General Election entirely.
He was a long way to left of the party and may have been better suited to the LibDems anyway.
Although he would never fit in the Labour party his views are probably close to President Blair.
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Old 04-10-2019, 09:09 AM
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You wouldn’t have thought that our current crop of MPs could actually get worse, yet here we are (because you know whoever replaces him will be a raving something)
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Old 04-10-2019, 09:09 AM
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You wouldn’t have thought that our current crop of MPs could actually get worse, yet here we are (because you know whoever replaces him will be a raving something)
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He seemed more suited to the Liberal Democrats than the Conservative Party with his views and rhetoric.

Maybe he will have some time off and come back into Politics in the future.

He certainly raised his profile during the Leadership race.
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He seemed more suited to the Liberal Democrats than the Conservative Party with his views and rhetoric.

Maybe he will have some time off and come back into Politics in the future.

He certainly raised his profile during the Leadership race.
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Shame. Seemed like a decent smart public servant and a politician of some degree of principle.
Which might be why he’ll never get on in politics? (I agree with your assessment.)
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Old 04-10-2019, 09:18 AM
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Which might be why he’ll never get on in politics? (I agree with your assessment.)
I think the fact that he was a member of the Cabinet and a credible candidate for leader of the Conservative Party suggests he got on pretty well in politics. He was hardly in a position to single-handedly prevent the Conservative Party's lurch to the right; and without that he would still be a Cabinet Minister.
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Old 04-10-2019, 09:20 AM
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He was a long way to left of the party and may have been better suited to the LibDems anyway.
Although he would never fit in the Labour party his views are probably close to President Blair.

Which indicates just how rapidly the party has shifted to the right wing, rather than him being left wing.

Hijacking at worst, a coup is a more realistic description.
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Old 04-10-2019, 09:39 AM
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He's going to stand for Mayor of London (as an independent).
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Just read he is standing down so he can campaign full time as an independent candidate for London Mayor.
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Can't help feeling it was rather bad form - the act of a cad - to read out a letter from Johnson's housemaster to his parents. A bit low; scummish, really.
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Can't help feeling it was rather bad form - the act of a cad - to read out a letter from Johnson's housemaster to his parents. A bit low; scummish, really.
It was already in the public domain (I think) so I disagree.
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It was already in the public domain (I think) so I disagree.
It's been doing the rounds for years. First person I heard refer to it was Max Hastings.
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Can see him winning the Mayor leadership race, far worse people to have in charge I feel.
Winning will be tough but Khan suddenly has a far tougher campaign ahead of him.

From Rory Stewart's POV it's a fairly calculated move - London Mayor is a high profile job that'd keep him in the limelight but doing this lets him ride out the current shift to the right the Tories have taken. A few years time, if he's a success as mayor and the Tories move back to their more usual territory, he can pop up in parliament again and play the returning hero.
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He should have been the Tory leader.

Because that would have won me £1,000.
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He should have been the Tory leader.

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