Ian Stewart was born in Blantyre on 28 August 1950. He is a contemporary British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Eccles from 1997 until 2010. At that time when his seat was abolished, 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.
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, a position he has held until Spring 2016.
Stewart, now living in England in his early life had attended Calder Street Secondary Modern School (now Auchinraith Primary School) in Blantyre and Alfred Turner Secondary Modern in Irlam.
From 1966-69, 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 1973-78 before becoming the North West Regional Officer of the Transport and General Workers Union. He married Merilyn Holding in 1968. They have two sons and a daughter.