Stewart lives in central Peterborough and is a member of Broadway Residents Association and Friends of the Park and worships at All Saints Church, Park Road with his family.
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 and again in May 2015.
From 2004 to 2009, Stewart was part of the “Light Fantastic” fundraising committee for Sue Ryder Care at Thorpe Hall – raising a record breaking £100,000 for the much loved local charity.
He also served on the Board of the Salvation Army’s Good Neighbours Scheme based at the Citadel in Bourges Boulevard and was Vice President of “Westgate in Peril” – raising funds for the restoration of this historic city centre church. He also supports local charities such as Family Voice, Family Care and the Rudolf Fund.
Stewart previously sat on the Project Board for Universities@Peterborough and still meets regularly with officers of the City Council.
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