COLONEL BOB STE­WART MP

CON­STITUENCY: beck­en­ham PARTY: con­ser­va­tive

History of War - - PARLIAMENT’S SACRIFICE -

“I WOULD SAY, ‘PUT YOUR COUN­TRY FIRST’ AND THAT’S WHY I AM AN MP”

What are your ini­tial thoughts on the book?

I think the book is su­perb in that it pri­mar­ily de­bunks the myth that young of­fi­cers up to the rank of lieu­tenant colonel were ‘don­keys’. They weren’t, they were just as much ‘lions’ as the men and more so in many ways be­cause they died quicker and in just as much agony.

As a mil­i­tary vet­eran your­self, does the story have some res­o­nance for you?

The res­o­nance it has for me is the love that sol­diers have in com­bat with all that serve with them, it is paramount and it never goes away. That’s why you see so many old com­rades as­so­ci­a­tions – not one of them would be­tray any man who had been in com­bat with him.

What can the ex­am­ple of lead­er­ship pro­vided by the fallen MPS of WWI teach sit­ting mem­bers of the Com­mons?

Put your coun­try first. MPS are ex­pected to obey three car­di­nal rules to the state, con­stituents and their party, in that or­der. Too many seem to think these days in self-in­ter­est so I would say, “Put your coun­try first” and that’s why I am an MP. BE­LOW: Colonel Bob Ste­wart MP gives a speech to guests next to Ian Pais­ley Jr. MP

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