Robert Sheldon, Baron Sheldon

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Sheldon
Member of Parliament
for Ashton under Lyne
In office
15 October 1964 – 7 June 2001
Preceded by Hervey Rhodes
Succeeded by David Heyes
Personal details
Born (1923-09-13) 13 September 1923 (age 91)
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Children Gillean, Terence Michael

Robert Edward Sheldon, Baron Sheldon, PC (born 13 September 1923) is a Labour politician.

Sheldon came from a family of Jewish immigrants from Iraq. His father was Meir Jack Shamash and his mother was Betty Shamash. He was born Isaac Ezra Shamash until he changed his name by deed poll. He married his first cousin Eileen Shamash at the age of 21. [1]

Sheldon was educated at Burnley Grammar School, technical colleges and the University of London.[1] He was a Manchester City Councillor and a director of a textile firm.

Sheldon first stood for Parliament at Manchester Withington in 1959. Subsequently he was elected member of Parliament for Ashton under Lyne at the 1964 general election, serving until the 2001 general election,[2] at which he was replaced by David Heyes. He was created a life peer as Baron Sheldon, of Ashton-under-Lyne in the County of Greater Manchester on 22 June 2001.[3] He served on the Public Accounts Committee[2] 1965–66, holding the chairmanship 1983–1997. He was also Financial Secretary to the Treasury 1975–1979.

  1. ^ The almanac of British politics p. 25 full text at Google books
  2. ^ a b "Contributors in full". BBC News Online. 2007-11-13. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 56257. p. 7571. 27 June 2001.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Hervey Rhodes
Member of Parliament for Ashton under Lyne
Succeeded by
David Heyes
Political offices
Preceded by
John Gilbert
Financial Secretary to the Treasury
Succeeded by
Nigel Lawson