Labour Life Peer and Chair of the United Nations Association (UNA-UK)
Stewart Wood became a Labour member of the House of Lords in 2011. He was Shadow Minister without Portfolio and a strategic adviser to Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party, from 2010 - 2015. Prior to that Stewart was a special adviser to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the UK Treasury’s Council of Economic Advisers (2001-2007), during which time he was part of the team that rejected the case for UK entry into the Euro.
He then served as Senior Special Adviser on foreign affairs, culture and media policy, and Northern Ireland at No.10 Downing Street for Prime Minister Gordon Brown (2007-2010). After the 2010 General Election, he led Ed Miliband’s successful campaign for the Labour leadership.
In 2016, Stewart was named as the new Chair of the United Nations Association (UK), and appointed to the Board of the Marshall Scholarships Commission. He is also one of the inaugural members of the new House of Lords Committee on International Affairs.
Stewart is a Fellow of Practice at the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford University. He studied at Oxford University as an undergraduate and completed a PhD in Government at Harvard University. From 1995, he taught politics as a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford University, and his publications focused on welfare and economic policy in Europe and North America, as well as constitutional reform and public policy in the UK.
Beyond politics, Stewart has worked as a consultant on BBC documentaries and is on the board of the Royal Court Theatre. He is currently working as a script adviser to two TV productions on political themes. He likes alt-country music, cricket and is a lifelong fan of Liverpool FC.