‘This is serious’: the unlikely rise of Rory Stewart’s pitch to be PM

His video campaigning and public walkabouts have drawn in high-profile backers and changed contest’s terms

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Three weeks ago, Rory Stewart was holding a wobbly camera at Kew Gardens, trying to combine a fledgling leadership campaign with a trip to talk to conservationists there about his day job at the Department for International Development.

Apart from his documentaries on Afghanistan or his energetic defence of Theresa May’s Brexit deal on any radio station that would have him, few people outside of Westminster knew much about the Eton-educated Black Watch veteran.

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‘This is serious’: the unlikely rise of Rory Stewart’s pitch to be PM