Independent-minded politician with her view of Europe's future
"Britain and Europe"
Rt Hon Gisela Stuart
Former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health and Labour MP
Gisela Stuart has been a British Labour Party politician serving as MP for Birmingham Edgbaston for 20 years until the June 2017 General Election.
Born and raised in Bavaria, she has lived in Britain since 1974. She graduated from the University of London with an LLB and lectured in Law until her political career.
First elected in 1997, she went on to retain the seat at the 2010 general election, against a national tide of Labour defeat. Her successful campaign has been seen as a model for a new style of community-based Labour politics. It also earned her the title of Survivor of the Year at The Spectator magazine's 2010 Parliamentarian of the Year awards. She retained her seat again at the 2015 General Election with a doubled majority.
Independent-minded, and despite the predominant view within the Labour Party, Gisela declared herself Eurosceptic to the extent of serving as Chair and leader of the Vote Leave Campaign Committee alongside Conservative Michael Gove MP.
Since the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, 2016. she has served as Chair of Vote Leave's successor organisation, Change Britain.