- (161111) Special Lecture by Prof Stewart Lord Wood (University of Oxford)
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In 2016 he was appointed a Fellow of Practice at the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford.
From 2001-2007 he was a member of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Council of Economic Advisers, specializing in education policy, local government affairs & EU policy. He was part of the Treasury team that delivered the "Five Tests" assessment recommending that the UK not join the Euro in 2003. From 2007-2010 he served as an adviser to Gordon Brown, Prime Minister covering foreign policy; Northern Ireland; and culture, media and sports policy. After the 2010 election he helped run Ed Miliband's campaign to become Leader of the Labour Party, and served as an adviser to Ed Miliband, the Labour party's leader, from 2010 to 2015.
On 15 January 2011, Wood was created a life peer with the title Baron Wood of Anfield, of Tonbridge in the County of Kent, and was introduced in the House of Lords on 18 January 2011, where he sits as a Labour peer. From 2011-2015 he served as a Shadow Minister without Portfolio.
Wood's research and writing focuses on contemporary political economy in Europe, German politics, American politics, and public policy issues around industrial policy & the future of the welfare state. He worked with the think tank Policy Network on the concept of pre-distribution as a means to tackle what Ed Miliband has described as 'the growing crisis in living standards'. The announcement that pre-distribution would become a cornerstone of the UK Labour Party's economic policy was jokingly mocked by Prime Minister David Cameron during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons. Given that the ideal of a predistributive "property owning democracy" was first put forward by the Scottish conservative MP Noel Skelton and was later endorsed by Margaret Thatcher, this was an odd turn for Conservative policy to take.
In July 2016 he succeeded Jeremy Greenstock as Chair of the United Nations Association (UNA-UK). In the same month he was appointed to the Board of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission. He has been a Board member of the Royal Court Theatre since 2006.