It is with great sadness we announce Councillor Sheila Newman, Lady Mayoress, Executive Member for Children's Services and Councillor for Chorlton passed away suddenly over the weekend.
Our thoughts are with her husband, Lord Mayor Councillor Eddy Newman and family at this time.
Councillor Eddy Newman
Eddy Newman was born and grew up in Liverpool and, apart from a few years in London, has lived in Manchester since 1974.
He was employed as a Postal Officer and was elected a representative for the Communication Workers Union in Greater Manchester. He has been an active member of the Labour Party since 1970.
Eddy first served as a Manchester councillor for Blackley from 1979 to 1985, and then as Member of the European Parliament for Greater Manchester Central from 1984 to 1999. As an MEP Eddy led a campaign against the waste of the ‘Food Mountain’ stores, and later became Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee of Petitions, which examined complaints about the implementation of European policies. In this role, Eddy worked alongside the first European Ombudsman.
In the 1990s Eddy also studied social sciences part-time via distance learning with the Open University. He graduated in 1998 with a BA (Hons).
He returned to Manchester City Council in 2002, representing Woodhouse Park in Wythenshawe. As well as assisting and speaking up for his Woodhouse Park constituents over many different issues and problems, Eddy has specialised in housing and health. Eddy was the Council’s Executive Member responsible for Housing from 2004 to 2008, and has been Chair of the Boards of Willow Park Housing Trust and Wythenshawe Community Housing Group. He chaired the Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee from 2011 to 2015. His proudest achievement in local government has been working with his local ward councillor colleagues to secure a thriving youth, community and sports centre, the Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre, which opened in 2006.
Eddy has been a lifelong campaigner against racism, and was a member of Manchester City Council’s Community Cohesion Board from 2007 to 2012. His theme for his Mayoral year is to promote Community Cohesion and Mutual Respect among and between Manchester’s diverse communities and individuals.
He is married to Sheila, who is a councillor for Chorlton. They have three grown-up daughters, Naomi, Ruth and Sarah – all proud Mancunians. Naomi served as the Lady Mayoress for the first six months of Eddy's term, and his wife Sheila is now the Lady Mayoress for the second six months,
THE LADY MAYORESS
Councillor Sheila Newman
Sheila was born in Galashiels in the Scottish Borders. She attended Aberdeen University and came to Manchester in 1978 to train as a teacher. She has lived in Manchester ever since.
Sheila has worked as a teacher, served as a councillor in Hulme for 5 years in the 1980s and been a school governor for over 25 years. She has represented Chorlton ward on the Council since 1999 and is currently the Executive Member for Children’s Services, a position she has held twice.
As well as a lifelong interest in history and politics, Sheila loves reading crime fiction, theatre, films, travel and cooking.
DEPUTY LORD MAYOR
The Deputy Lord Mayor is Councillor June Hitchen