“When I was young I used to want to ‘be’ something – an MP, a minister. But as I get older I realise that the greater responsibility is not ‘to be’ but ‘to do’. This is why I walk.”
Today Lord Michael Bates is setting off on a 625-mile trip. On foot.
The Minister of State at the Department for International Development, and member of the House of Lords, will walk from London to Edinburgh via Cardiff, Manchester and Belfast, raising money for the Red Cross.