The Lord Mayor of Manchester
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.
THE LADY MAYORESS
Naomi was born, grew up and lives in Manchester. She studied languages at the University of Edinburgh and has lived in France, Spain and Belgium. She also has a foundation degree in animation and moving image.
Naomi has worked in the voluntary sector and in further and higher education. She currently works for Manchester Metropolitan University.
In her spare time, Naomi enjoys baking, flamenco dancing, vintage clothing and visiting museums and galleries. She also runs a feminist graphic novel book club.
Naomi will serve as Lady Mayoress for the first six months of Eddy’s term, and his wife Sheila will serve as Lady Mayoress for the second six months.
DEPUTY LORD MAYOR
The Deputy Lord Mayor is Councillor June Hitchen