On Friday evening over 110 people are coming to Hexham Racecourse for a dinner where Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and the Borders is the speaker. Anticipation is running high and we could have sold a lot more tickets. Full credit to all the Hexham team who have organised the event. Rory is a friend of mine, and has shone in the House of Commons since his election. You should read his award winning book, The Places in Between, a New York Times bestseller, translated into ten languages. He has served as a soldier in the Black Watch, a Harvard lecturer, and in 2003, he became coalition Deputy Governor of two provinces in the Marsh Arab region of Southern Iraq. He is always interesting. Like me he was elected in May 2010. He is on the Foreign Affairs Select Committee.
His speaking style is almost unique in the House, as he has a definite lyrical, eloquent, historical approach: he also writes the second best blog in the North.
Looking forward to it, just praying for no Snow!