5 things you need to know about Rory Stewart

The Conservative MP was one of the hot favourites to take over as Secretary of State for International Development - but what do we need to know about him?

Rory Stewart, the Conservative MP was one of the hot favourites to take over from Priti Patel as Secretary of State for International Development. He was pipped to the post by Penny Mordaunt, but is tipped as a future big shot in the Conservative Party, but what do we need to know about him?

He was born in Hong Kong

Stewart has been all over the place - born in Hong Kong and raised in Malaysia, he also spent much of his childhood in Scotland, before attending Eton and Oxford University, where he, like David Cameron and Boris Johnson, studied PPE.

He was a private tutor to the royal family

During his time at Oxford, Stewart was a private tutor to Princes William and Harry. Whilst this was a summer job, he was later asked by the Prince of Wales to establish the Turquoise Mountain Foundation - dedicated to preserving historical areas and architecture.

He's a serious traveller

Stewart's first book, 'The Places Between,' was a New York Times bestseller and documents his 32-day walk through Afghanistan. He's also walked/travelled through India, Nepal and Pakistan, reportedly staying at thousands of village homes en route.

He's also a serious diplomat

The New York Times critic William Grimes commented that Stewart "seems to be living one of the more extraordinary lives on record." At the Foreign Office, he served in the British Embassy in Indonesia, and then as a British representative to Montenegro. After the 2003 Iraq invasion, Stewart was appointed the Deputy Governorate Co-ordinator. 

And don't forget academia...

Stewart, just to top it all off, was a professor at Harvard University in the USA. He has honorary doctorates from the University of Stirling and the American University of Paris. 

Oh, and he served in the military on his gap year. One to watch? One to watch.