Independent-minded politician with her view of Europe's future

Gisela Stuart

"Europe and Britain:
A Curious Relationship?"

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 first studied Business Studies at Manchester Polytechnic, then Law at the University of London, graduating with an LLB. She subsequently lectured in Law and also organised the London Book Fair prior to 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. For more than ten years, Gisela was also the editor of Parliament’s influential weekly publication The House.

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.