|Member of Parliament
2 February 1974 – 1 May 1997
|Preceded by||Joseph Hiley|
|Succeeded by||Paul Truswell|
16 November 1931|
|Died||12 April 2000(aged 68)|
|Children||Henrietta, Victoria, Christopher|
|Alma mater||University of Cambridge|
|Occupation||Member of parliament|
Shaw was born in York, the son of an engineer. He was educated at Sedbergh School and St. John's College, Cambridge, joining the Conservative association and becoming President of the Cambridge Union for Michaelmas term, 1954.
On returning to York, he became an executive of the confectionery firm Rowntree Mackintosh, rising to advertising manager, then marketing director. He was an advertising manager and chairman of the Conservative Divisional Executive.
He held a number of ministerial posts during the Thatcher administration: Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Northern Ireland Office (1979–1981); Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Environment (1981–1983); Parliamentary Under- Secretary, Department of Energy (1983–1984); Minister of State, Home Office (1984–1986); Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry (1986–1987) 
He was also elected treasurer of the 1922 Committee in 1988, the Speaker's Panel of Chairmen and later became Chairman of the Science and Technology Committee. He was Chairman of Governors at Sedbergh School from 1992 to 1997.
Shaw was probably the most popular man of his time in the Commons. This might have been put beyond question in 1992, when many on all sides wanted him as speaker, but the Tory cabinet insisted on backing his senior, Peter Brooke. Consequently, 74 Tory MPs, led by John Biffen, voted for Betty Boothroyd as the first woman speaker.
Shaw died of a stroke aged 68 and is survived by his wife of 38 years, Dione, and their son and two daughters.
- Times Guide to the House of Commons, Times Newspapers Limited, 1992 and 1997 editions.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs [self-published source][better source needed]
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Giles Shaw