Colonel Bob Stewart DSO, MP for Beckenham will be our special guest at our Thursday Conversation “Ethical Decision-making under Fire”.
The Thursday Conversations are a series of monthly conversations that encourage us to engage with important issues that impact on all our lives. In an informal, relaxed atmosphere, we discuss and debate with influential figures in fields such as politics, law, social justice, and human rights.
Conversations are facilitated by the Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Priest-in-Charge at St Mary-at-Hill Church and Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons. Our guest speaker on Thursday 3rd November is Colonel Bob Stewart DSO, MP.
The son of an RAF officer and a mother who was a member of the Special Operations Executive in World War 2, Bob Stewart comes from a military background. After ten years at boarding school, he attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst from 1967-69.
Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in July 1969 he spent the next 26 years as an infantry officer in the Cheshire Regiment. Over that time he guarded Rudolf Hess, the last Nazi leader in custody in Spandau Prison, Berlin, served six tours in Northern Ireland during one of which, on the evening of 6th December 1982, his Company was devastated by a bomb which killed 6 of his soldiers and wounded 35 others. As the Incident Commander, he was commended for his actions.
Ten years later he led the first British soldiers into Bosnia as British United Nations Commander for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO).
In 2009 he was selected as a Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate and on 6th May 2010, he was elected to Parliament as MP for Beckenham. Currently, he is a member of the Defence Select Committee and Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Army.
Married to Claire, they have four children and live in Bob’s constituency at Beckenham, near London.
Choral Evensong is at 6.00pm, sung by the St Mary-at-Hill Choir, followed by Thursday Conversation at 6.30pm Come along, enjoy a glass of wine and join in the conversation.