Bill Shelton (politician)
Sir William Jeremy Masefield Shelton commonly known as Bill Shelton (30 October 1929 – 2 January 2003) was a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom. He was Member of Parliament for Clapham from 1970 to 1974, then for Streatham from February 1974 until he lost the seat to Labour Party candidate Keith Hill in 1992.
Bill Shelton's most important political influence was in 1975, when he was one of the few to recognise that Margaret Thatcher was a serious contender for the leadership of the Conservative Party. Working as joint campaign manager with Airey Neave, Shelton is reputed to have organised the successful "stealth" campaign to convince backbench Tory MPs on the party's right wing that by backing Thatcher in the leadership ballot they could oust Edward Heath.
- Choosing the Lady, Another Look at the 1975 Leadership Contest Conservative History Journal, issue 1 Summer 2003, Matthew Bailey and Philip Cowley
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by William Shelton
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