Theresa Stewart

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Theresa Stewart
Born (1930-08-24)24 August 1930
Leeds, England
Nationality English
Alma mater Oxford University
Organization Labour Party
Known for

Theresa Stewart (born in Leeds[1] on 24 August[citation needed] 1930[2]) is an English Labour politician and the first female leader of Birmingham City Council,[3] a position which she attained in October 1993, succeeding Dick Knowles,[2] and in competition for which she was beaten by Sir Albert Bore in May 1999.[1] She was also Lord Mayor of Birmingham from May 2000-May 2001,[1] being only the sixth woman to hold that position.[1]

Stewart won a scholarship to study mathematics at Oxford University.[1] She moved to Birmingham 1966[1] and was elected councillor for the Billesley ward in 1970.[1] Her husband is Professor John Stewart, professor of local government studies at the University of Birmingham.[1]

Midland Metro tram number 11 is named after her.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Dale, Paul (15 May 2001). "Who's that with the Lord Mayor?". Birmingham Post. Retrieved 24 April 2012.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b Cohen, Nick (10 October 1993). "Renaissance that never was: Birmingham's new leader snubs prestige building projects". The Independent. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Women's Local Government Society". Women's Local Government Society. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Dick Knowles
Leader of Birmingham City Council
1993 to 1999
Succeeded by
Albert Bore