Born in Oldham, Lancashire, Winterbottom served in the Royal Navy during World War I. He became an area organiser for a predecessor of the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers in 1931, then the national organiser in 1944. In 1950, he was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Sheffield Brightside, serving for his first year as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ness Edwards.
Winterbottom remained in Parliament until his death in 1968.
- M. Stenton and S. Lees, Who's Who of British Members of Parliament, Volume IV 1945-1979
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs [self-published source][better source needed]
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Richard Winterbottom
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