Conservative MP for Penrith and The Border, Rory Stewart, has been confirmed as Dan Rogerson’s replacement within the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), it was announced by government today (12 May).
Stewart joins Defra as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State.
His work history includes a stint in the army, before serving in the diplomatic service, running a charity in Afghanistan, and teaching at Harvard University.
He was selected in an open primary to be the Conservative candidate for the Penrith and The Border constituency, and was elected in May 2010.
Stewart – “I want to say what an immense privilege it has been for me to have had the extraordinary honour of representing Penrith and The Border”
He has been a member of the UK parliament’s Foreign Affairs Select Committee, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary group on Local Democracy, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Mountain Rescue, and Treasurer of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Upland Farming.
In May 2014, he was elected Chair of the Defence Select Committee by his parliamentary colleagues.
Speaking after the announcement that the incoming administration will be Conservative-led, he said in a statement: “I want to say what an immense privilege it has been for me to have had the extraordinary honour of representing Penrith and The Border; this is the most beautiful constituency in England and over the past days I have travelled through almost every village, seeing Penrith and The Border at its very best. I pay tribute to all the communities who make up this wonderful county.”
It was confirmed yesterday that both Secretary of State Elizabeth Truss and minister of state George Eustice will continue in their roles within the Department.
Stewart’s responsibilities at Defra are yet to be announced.