Rory Stewart OBE MP has been appointed Secretary of State for International Development. Rory was elected as the Conservative MP for Penrith and The Border in May 2010. He was previously Minister of State for the Ministry of Justice from January 2018 to May 2019. Prior to that he was previously joint Minister of State for the DFID and the FCO covering Africa from June 2017 to January 2018. He was a junior Minister of State at DFID from 17 July 2016. Rory also served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) from May 2015 until July 2016.
Conservative Friends of International Development (CFID) congratulate Rory on his new role and look forward to working with him in the future.
Prime Minister Theresa May appointed the Rory Stewart OBE MP as International Development Secretary on 1st May 2019. You can watch the SKY interview following his appointment here.
Upon his appointment Rory Stewart said:
“I am deeply honoured to return to the Department For International Development as International Development Secretary. I have spent a lot of my life working abroad, and in international development, and I was lucky enough to work for the Department previously. I am delighted to be back. DFID is at the heart of the world’s most pressing issues, such as tackling climate change, disease and humanitarian disasters. I would argue spending 0.7 per cent makes a difference, not just to the developing world, but to the UK as well. We all breathe the same air and tackling issues like climate change matters to us all. The UK cannot solve such problems alone. We should be proud of Britain’s role globally. Our relationship with the world is evolving. The aid budget is helping to ensure the UK is a key global player, able to influence and shape our world.”