Minister of State

Rory Stewart OBE MP


Rory Stewart was appointed Minister of State for the Ministry of Justice on 9 January 2018. Rory was previously joint Minister of State for the Department for International Development and Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from June 2017 to January 2018.

He was Minister of State at the Department for International Development from 17 July 2016. He was elected the Conservative MP for Penrith and The Border in May 2010.

Political Career

Rory served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) from May 2015 until July 2016.

Minister of State

His specific responsibilities include:

  • Prison operations, reform and industrial relations
  • Probation services and reform industrial relations
  • Sentencing (including out of court disposals)
  • Public protections (including Parole Board, IPPs and Serious Further Offences)
  • Foreign National Offenders
  • Extremism
  • Electronic Monitoring
  • Supporting the Secretary of State on departmental finances and transparency

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office

    • 2017 to 2018
  2. Minister of State for International Development

    • 2016 to 2018
  3. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs

    • 2015 to 2016


  1. Prison operator services framework competition
  2. Industrial action September 2018: Rory Stewart statements
  3. Ministry of Justice takes over running of HMP Birmingham
  4. Rough Sleeping Strategy and prison leavers: Rory Stewart blog
  5. Reappointment of 56 Members Parole Board Members
  6. Pay rise for prison officers 2018: statement by Rory Stewart
  7. UK government congratulates Liberian President-Elect
  8. International child abduction: free sources of advice and support
  9. The Troika statement on South Sudan
  10. UK Minister for Africa condemns attack on aid convoy in Nigeria