It was the most intense rejection. You’re putting your entire self out there, then you’re rejected. There was a moment when things were going well. I was leading in the national polls, I was second in the betting odds, there was a huge movement going, the number of MPs supporting me was doubling with every round. But it’s the rawest test of yourself and, in my case, I was putting myself out against Boris Johnson. You’re saying, ‘Are you going to pick me against this guy who’s evil?’ And they pick the evil guy.
4 July 2022 – Rory Stewart, Conservative MP from 2010 to 2019, served as Minister for the Environment, Minister of State for International Development, Minister of State for Africa, Minister of State for Prisons and Secretary of State for International Development