Rory Stewart: I got prickly while having dinner with Bill Gates

London mayoral candidate Rory Stewart has spoken of his determination to win arguments as he revealed how he became “prickly” during a dinner with Bill Gates.

Mr Stewart, a former Tory cabinet minister, said he worried about being seen as a political fraud but admitted he was not shy of putting himself centre-stage.

In an interview with Tatler, Mr Stewart said that the Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist “started arguing with me, and I noticed prickliness in myself.

(Simon Upton)

“Unfairly, I felt that he felt that he was cleverer than me. And I noticed that I got wound up more quickly than I should have. One of my weaknesses is that I like to win arguments.”

The independent candidate said he was “clearly not vain about my sculpted upper body. But I am almost certainly vain about my mind.”

(Tatler Magazine)

He added: “The thing I’m most worried about [in politics] is the accusation of fraudulence. I’m worried all the time that I’m treading a fine line between being potentially charismatic and exuberant, and playing the audience too much for cheap laughs or being too safe, because then you die as a person.”

See the full feature in the March issue of Tatler available via digital download and newsstands Thursday January 30


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