One of a small group of Labour MPs opposed to Britain’s membership of the EU, the German-born Stuart replaced former Conservative chancellor Lord Lawson as co-chair of Vote Leave, as the group sought to prove it had cross-party support.
Stuart studied at the University of London, where she graduated with an LLB in 1993. She went onto lecture in law to ATT students at Worcestershire College while concurrently completing a PhD in trust law at the University of Birmingham. She never finished her PhD studies and moved into politics. She was an MP from 1997 to 2017 for Birmingham Edgbaston. Stuart also served on the House of Commons Select Committee on Foreign affairs from 2001 to 2010.
A widely-respected figure in the Commons, she has been MP for Birmingham Edgbaston since 1997 and was one of the British MPs delegated to help draw up an EU constitution, an experience that helped convince her Britain should leave. She has spent much of the campaign touring the UK with Boris Johnson in Vote Leave’s battle bus.