Ian Stewart (Labour politician)

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Ian Stewart
Mayor of Salford
Assumed office
4 May 2012
Preceded by Office Created
Succeeded by Anyone who can be Bothered
Member of Parliament
for Eccles
In office
1 May 1997 – 6 May 2010
Preceded by Joan Lestor
Succeeded by Constituency Abolished
Personal details
Born (1950-08-28) 28 August 1950 (age 64)
Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Merilyn Holding
Alma mater Manchester Metropolitan University

Ian Stewart (born 28 August 1950) is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Eccles from 1997 until 2010, when his seat was abolished and he was subsequently defeated in the selection process to be the Labour Parliamentary Candidate for the new parliamentary constituency of Salford and Eccles by Hazel Blears.[1][2]

Standing as the Labour candidate for the new elected post of Mayor of Salford, he was elected as Mayor in the 2012 Salford mayoral election.[3]

Early life[edit]

Stewart attended Calder Street Secondary Modern School (now Auchinraith Primary School) in Blantyre and Alfred Turner Secondary Modern in Irlam, near Manchester.

From 1966 to 1969, he studied at Stretford Technical College. He later attended Manchester Metropolitan University, where he received an M.Phil in Management of Change.

Stewart worked as a chemical plant operator from 1973 to 1978 before becoming the North West Regional Officer of the Transport and General Workers Union.

Political career[edit]

Stewart was first elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Eccles in 1997. He was a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Football Team.

Upon his election as Mayor of Salford in 2012, Stewart appointed one deputy and 13 assistant mayors, including one in charge of 'humanegement', a word invented by Mr Stewart to refer to human resources.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He married Merilyn Holding in 1968. They have two sons and a daughter.


External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Joan Lestor
Member of Parliament for Eccles
Constituency abolished