Ian Stewart was born in Glasgow into a single room tenement building.
He first moved to Salford when he was six years old, when a two week visit to see his grandparents ended up being extended to a year. It was during this year in Salford that he developed his passions for Salford City Reds and Manchester United.
Age 12 in 1963, he moved permanently to Salford, where he went to Alfred Turner School in Irlam. It was on his first day at school that he met Mez for the first time, whom he married five years later when they were 17.
Ian and Mez have three grown up children; Robert, Alex and Lorna, and four grandchildren. They still live in Irlam.
After leaving school, Ian did an apprenticeship as an electrician, but from a very early stage became actively involved with the trade unions. From 1978 until 1997 when he stood as Member of Parliament, Ian was a full time trade union official.
Ian was MP for Eccles from 1997 until the boundary change in 2010.
His interests include walking, reading, painting, music and research into religious, philosophical and political systems.
This page was last updated on 28 June 2013