Colonel Bob Stewart, DSO, is the Member of Parliament for Beckenham. He said to us, "Give a politician a platform and he just goes on." It was a pleasure to give Bob a platform, as he is a fascinating interviewee.
In a candid and at times touching interview via Zoom with Darren Weale and Sarah Marsh-Collings, Bob talked about his military career including some of its most harrowing moments, his interest in the welfare of ex soldiers and he tells "stories I wish people would hear", touches on the 106th Royal Artillery at Grove Park (interview with Warrant Office Mark Cain here), what Remembrance Day means to him, and the war in the Ukraine.
He talks about friendships across political boundaries and fellow Bromley MP Ellie Reeves, his in at the deep end introduction to political selection, helping people and intervening for them as an MP, middle class poverty, property ownership and the young, the care of the elderly, and the NHS.
This is an episode in which it is particularly recommended you listen right up to the end.