COLONEL BOB STEWART MP
CONSTITUENCY: beckenham PARTY: conservative
“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