12 years of action and service for our area
Stewart was elected as Member of Parliament for Peterborough on 5th May 2005 and was thenre-elected on 6th May 2010 and on 7th May 2015, the seat having elected Members of Parliament since 1547!
Prior to being elected, Stewart was a Business Services Manager with Business Link in London. He is married to Sarah, who is a journalist with a national newspaper, and they live in Central Peterborough with their daughter Isabel.
Stewart studied Economics and Public Administration at Royal Holloway College in the eighties and was awarded an Honours degree from the University of London in 1988. He also holds a Masters degree in Human Resource Management.
Stewart worked for Lloyds Bank for nine years, and ran his own branch as a Branch Manager in London's West End, as well as being a small business manager. He served as a Board Member and Trustee of the London City YMCA for 5 years.
Before being elected to Parliament, Stewart was a councillor for eight years, and took a special interest in housing, planning and the environment.
Since election to the House of Commons in 2005, he has been a member of the Regulatory Reform Select Committee from May 2005 to July 2007 and from December 2006 to July 2007 a member of the Health Select Committee.
Stewart was Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Pakistan 2007-10, served in the Opposition Whips Office from 2007-8 and was appointed Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government in January 2008 and had Front Bench responsibility for regeneration, flooding and the Fire and Rescue Service up until May 2010.
Following the 2010 Election, Stewart was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and he held this position until the 24th October 2011 when he resigned due to his support for the motion on an EU referendum, which the Government opposed on a three line Whip.
Stewart was elected to the Public Accounts Committee on Wedesday 8th February 2012. The Committee of Public Accounts is appointed by the House of Commons to examine "the accounts showing the appropriation of the sums granted to Parliament to meet the public expenditure, and of such other accounts laid before Parliament as the Committee may think fit".
He was the Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Youth Affairs, Vice Chairman of the Inter Parliamentary Union – British Group,a Vice President at the Local Government Association and member of the Board of Management at the New Local Government Network.
Following the result of the Referendum in 2016 on whether we should leave the EU, Stewart was appointed by the Prime Minister as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon David Davis MP, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.
In his spare time, he enjoys reading biographies, travel, cinema, architecture and history.
He is also a Parliamentary champion for the premature baby charity BLISS, Tourettes Action and the YMCA.
Stewart lives in central Peterborough with his family, is a member of Broadway Residents Association and Friends of the Park and worships at All Saints Church, Park Road.
He contested the Peterborough constituency at the 2001 General Election and reduced Labour's majority from 7,300 to 2,800 votes. He was re-selected as the Parliamentary Spokesman for Peterborough in August 2002. He was elected as a Member of Parliament in May 2005 with a majority of 2,740 votes and re-elected in May 2010 with an increased majority of 4,861 votes.
Stewart was part of the "Light Fantastic" fundraising committee for Sue Ryder Care at Thorpe Hall – from 2004 to 2009 raising a record breaking £100,000 for the much loved local charity.
He also serves on the Board of the Salvation Army's Good Neighbours Scheme based at the Citadel in Bourges Boulevard and is Vice President of "Westgate in Peril" - raising funds for the restoration of this historic city centre church and supports local charities such as Family Care and the Rudolf Fund.
Stewart strongly supports the work of Peterborough-based charity Shine (formerly ASBAH - the Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus), supporting their campaign for the fortification of some foods with folic acid.
Stewart writes a fortnightly column, Westminster Life, for Peterborough's local paper, the Evening Telegraph which can be viewed online at http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/columnists
Visit Stewart's website here for more details. www.stewartjackson.org.uk