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Your MP elect: Rory Stewart

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Rory Stewart is set to begin his second term as the MP for Penrith and the Border, the largest constituency in England.

He was first elected in 2010, taking the seat with a majority of 11,241 (53.4% of the vote).

He has been a member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Local Democracy and Mountain Rescue, Treasurer of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Upland Farming and last year was selected to be Chair of the Defence Select Committee.

He was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford, where he read history and philosophy.

He was briefly in the army as an officer with the Black Watch, before joining the Diplomatic Service, working in Indonesia and Montenegro.

Between 2000 and 2002 he walked six thousand miles across Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nepal.

After the war in Iraq he was appointed as Coalition Deputy Governor, responsible for two provinces in the Marsh Arab region in the south of the country.

In 2005, after a year at Harvard University, he moved to Afghanistan and started a charity, the Turquoise Mountain Foundation, which helped to rebuild Kabul, supplying water and repairing damaged properties.

He returned to Harvard in 2008 and became director of the Carr Centre for Human Rights Policy and Ryan Professor of Human Rights at the Harvard Kennedy School.

He has written three books including "The Places in Between" which tells the story of his walk across Afghanistan.

It made the New York Times bestseller list. He has also presented several television documentaries.

He is married to Shoshana and they recently had their first child, Alexander, who Rory had to deliver when he arrived before a midwife could get there.

They live on the border between the Lake District and the Eden Valley.

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