Robert Sheldon, Baron Sheldon

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The Lord Sheldon

Financial Secretary to the Treasury
In office
17 June 1975 – 4 May 1979
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterWilson, Callaghan
ChancellorDenis Healey
Preceded byJohn Gilbert
Succeeded byNigel Lawson
Member of Parliament
for Ashton under Lyne
In office
15 October 1964 – 7 June 2001
Preceded byHervey Rhodes
Succeeded byDavid Heyes
Personal details
Isaac Ezra Shamash

(1923-09-13) 13 September 1923 (age 96)
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Mary Sheldon (first wife was Eileen Shamash deceased)
ChildrenGillean, Terence Michael

Robert Edward Sheldon, Baron Sheldon PC (born 13 September 1923) is a British 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 in 1943.[1] He married his first cousin Eileen Shamash at the age of 21.[2] Sheldon was educated at Burnley Grammar School, technical colleges and the University of London.[3] 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,[4] at which he was replaced by David Heyes. He served on the Public Accounts Committee[4] 1965–66, holding the chairmanship 1983–1997. He was also Financial Secretary to the Treasury 1975–1979. During his tenure as the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, he was made a Privy Counsellor in 1977. He was created a life peer as Baron Sheldon, of Ashton-under-Lyne in the County of Greater Manchester on 22 June 2001.[5] He retired from the House of Lords on 18 May 2015.[6]

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1923–1943: Mr. Isaac E. Shamash
  • 1943–1964: Mr. Robert E. Sheldon
  • 1964–1977: Mr. Robert E. Sheldon MP
  • 1977–2001: The Right Honourable Robert E. Sheldon MP
  • 2001: The Right Honourable Robert E. Sheldon
  • 2001–: The Right Honourable The Lord Sheldon PC


  1. ^ "No. 36197". The London Gazette. 5 October 1943. p. 4422.
  2. ^ "Robert Edward (Ezra) ("Bob") Sheldon (Living, Male) & Eileen Shamash". Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  3. ^ The almanac of British politics p. 25 full text at Google books
  4. ^ a b "Contributors in full". BBC News Online. 13 November 2007. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
  5. ^ "No. 56257". The London Gazette. 27 June 2001. p. 7571.
  6. ^ "Retired members of the House of Lords".

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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