Mendelson was the Member of Parliament for Penistone, South Yorkshire from a 1959 by-election until his death, and served on the Public Accounts Committee. It was Mendelson who introduced Tony Benn to the radical history of the Diggers and the Levellers, on which Benn drew from the 1970s onwards.
Mendelson's successor at the subsequent by-election was Allen McKay.
- Jad Adams "Tony Benn and the radical socialist tradition", Open Democracy/Our Kingdom, 19 March 2014
- Times Guide to the House of Commons October 1974
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs [self-published source][better source needed]
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by John Mendelson
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