22:23 GMT +315 October 2019
Listen Live

    Alleged Former MI6 Operative Rory Stewart Broke Into Own Office In Spiderman Feat

    © AP Photo / Matt Dunham
    Europe
    Get short URL
    0 01
    Subscribe

    In the leadership race, Boris Johnson remains far and away the front-runner and favourite to succeed Theresa May as party leader and Prime Minister. Once there are just two candidates left, the party’s remaining 160,000 members will join MPs in choosing the next premier.

    Much to the chagrin of the mainstream media, alleged former MI6 operative and International Development Secretary Rory Stewart is out of the Conservative leadership contest. However, his failure has led one of his supporters - Conservative councillor Charlotte Leach - to reveal a remarkable story about the fallen candidate.

    Leach took to Twitter to relay the tale of how Stewart climbed out of a window and pulled off a seemingly impossible climb up to his office, from which he was locked out - in a regular suit and smart shoes, no less.

    In September 2015, Leach was working in Parliament for Seema Kennedy - their office was adjacent to Stewart’s on the fifth floor in the Norman Shaw North building, the former headquarters of Scotland Yard converted in the 1970s into offices for 56 MPs. “I’ve honestly never been more shocked in my life,” she says, “there was essentially nothing to hold onto so to this day I have no idea how he managed to do it but I was suitably impressed!” 

    Councillor Charlotte Leach Relays How Rory Stewart Performed The Feat
    Councillor Charlotte Leach Relays How Rory Stewart Performed The Feat

    Still, it’s perhaps unsurprising Stewart was capable of the Spidermanesque feat given his background. During his gap year - aged 18 - he was commissioned in the British army’s elite and secretive Black Watch infantry battalion for five months as second lieutenant, and joined the Foreign Office immediately after leaving Oxford University, serving in the British embassy in Indonesia 1997 - 1999. At just 26, he became UK representative to Montenegro in the wake of the Kosovo War. Also in 2002 he made a now-famous walk across Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, India and Nepal.

    Many have also suggested Stewart was an MI6 operative during this period, an allegation he has strenuously denied on several occasions, although he’s conceded his career progression could "give the appearance" he worked for agency, and acknowledged he couldn't admit to being a spy even if he had been.

    Related:

    Twitter Split After Rory Stewart Slams Boris Johnson at Campaign Launch to Become UK PM
    Tory Race Gathers Speed as Candidate Rory Stewart Questioned Over MI6 Past
    UK Conservative Leadership Contender Rory Stewart Mulls Combining Forces With Michael Gove - Report
    Man Who Would Be King: Could Alleged Former MI6 Spy Rory Stewart Beat Boris Johnson?
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik