Roderick James Nugent "Rory" Stewart, FRSGS is a British politician, diplomat, and writer. Since May 2010, he has been the Member of Parliament for Penrith and The Border, in the county of Cumbria, North West England. He is currently the Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice with responsibility for prisons, probation and sentencing. A member of the Conservative Party, he previously served as Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, as Minister of State at the Department for International Development, and as Minister of the Environment at DEFRA. From May 2014 to June 2015 he was Chair of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee.