Michael Shaw, Baron Shaw of Northstead

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Michael Norman Shaw, Baron Shaw of Northstead (born 9 October 1920) is a British Conservative Party politician who served as a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1960 to 1964 and from 1966 to 1992.

He was educated at Sedbergh School.

At the general election in May 1955, Shaw fought the safe Labour seat of Dewsbury, losing by over 7,000 votes.[1] At the general election in October 1959, he 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 the 1982 Birthday Honours Shaw received a Knighthood,[2] having the accolade conferred by The Queen on 25 November 1982.[3]

Sir Michael was created a life peer on 30 September 1994 with the title Baron Shaw of Northstead, of Liversedge in the County of West Yorkshire.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 'The General Election: Last Night's Results', The Times, 27 May 1956.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 49008. p. 2. 12 June 1982.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 49252. p. 1513. 1 February 1983.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 53810. p. 13933. 5 October 1994.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Lewis John Edwards
Member of Parliament for Brighouse and Spenborough
19601964
Succeeded by
Colin Jackson
Preceded by
Sir Alexander Spearman
Member of Parliament for Scarborough and Whitby
1966Feb 1974
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Scarborough
Feb 19741992
Succeeded by
John Sykes