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Robert Sheldon, Baron Sheldon

For other people named Robert Sheldon, see Robert Sheldon (disambiguation).
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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. 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 served on the Public Accounts Committee[2] 1965–66, holding the chairmanship 1983–1997. He was also Financial Secretary to the Treasury 1975–1979.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 retired from the House of Lords on 18 May 2015.[4]


  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.
  4. ^ http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/lords/retired-lords/ 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
19642001
Succeeded by
David Heyes
Political offices
Preceded by
John Gilbert
Financial Secretary to the Treasury
1975–1979
Succeeded by
Nigel Lawson

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