Michael Shaw, Baron Shaw of Northstead
At the general election in October 1959, Shaw contested the Labour-held marginal constituency of Brighouse and Spenborough. He lost by only 47 votes to the sitting MP Lewis John Edwards, who died the following month.
At the resulting by-election in March 1960, he won the seat with a majority of 666 votes over Labour's Colin Jackson. However, Jackson regained the seat for Labour at the general election by a majority of 922.
Shaw returned to Parliament at the 1966 general election, when he was elected for the safe Conservative constituency of Scarborough and Whitby. He held that seat until it was abolished for the February 1974 general election, when he was re-elected for the new Scarborough constituency. He continued to represent Scarbrorough until he retired at the 1992 general election, making a total of 30 years as an MP.
He also served as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 1974 until 1979, when MEPs were not directly elected, but were chosen by the House of Commons and House of Lords as delegates.
In 1994 some time after retiring from the House of Commons, he was created a life peer with the title Baron Shaw of Northstead, of Liversedge in the County of West Yorkshire. He was educated at Sedbergh School.
- Times Guide to the House of Commons 1987,
- UK General Elections since 1832
- Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs [self-published source][better source needed]
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Michael Shaw
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