Rory Stewart: 'My social media posts reach two million people'

Rory Stewart

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Tory leadership contender Rory Stewart has claimed his growing social media following could swing him support from fellow MPs.

The international development secretary said his online posts reached "two million people", which could translate to votes in a future general election.

"I am able to get two million people currently following posts and videos I'm doing on Brexit or adult social care, and that is well beyond any of these other candidates," he told talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer.

"In the end, the ability to regain people's trust, communicate with the public and heal the country, bring it together again, is going to be very important."

Currently only four MPs have backed Mr Stewart's leadership bid, including justice secretary David Gauke.

"Tory Party members are easier than Tory MPs, but to get through the first round I need the Tory MPs," he said.

"I need to demonstrate to Tory MPs that the level of support I am getting translates into winning an election."

A post on Rory Stewart's Twitter page

The politician has utilised social media during his campaign to date, inviting the public to meet him in public spaces with the ''#RoryWalks' hashtag, and sharing videos from his day.

However, Mr Stewart said he was not confident he could still hold his place in the leadership race, as the 1922 Committee looks at revamping the rules on who can compete.

Their meeting, taking place today, comes after a thirteenth MP, Sam Gyimah, threw his hat in the ring for Conservative leader.

A decision is expected on Wednesday regarding the rules on joining a leadership contest.

"Nothing in politics can you be confident about, because it is a secret ballot and it is one of the most unreliable electorates in the universe," Mr Stewart added.

"But I'm beginning to get more support coming in, and a lot of that is because I'm beginning to demonstrate that I can get the support of the public and win an election."

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