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William Mitchell-Thomson, 1st Baron Selsdon

William Lowson Mitchell-Thomson, 1st Baron Selsdon KBE PC (15 April 1877–24 December 1938), known as Sir William Mitchell-Thomson, 2nd Baronet, from 1918 to 1932, was a British politician.

Mitchell-Thomson was the son of Sir Mitchell Mitchell Thomson, Lord Provost of Edinburgh. He was elected as a Unionist Member of Parliament for North West Lanarkshire in 1906, serving until his defeat at the January 1910 general election. He was an Irish Unionist Party MP for North Down from April 1910 until 1918. He was then MP for Glasgow Maryhill between 1918 and 1922, then Conservative MP for Croydon South, South London from 1923 to 1932.

In 1922, Mitchell-Thomson was Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade and from 1924 until 1929, he served as Postmaster General. During the General Strike of 1926, he served as Chief Civil Commissioner. He was made a Privy Counsellor in 1924.

In 1932, Mitchell-Thomson resigned from the House of Commons and was raised to the peerage as Baron Selsdon, of Croydon in the County of Surrey.[1]

In May 1934 the British government appointed a committee, under the guidance of Lord Selsdon, to begin enquiries into the viability of setting up a public television service, with recommendations as to the conditions under which such a service could be offered. The results of the Selsdon Report were issued as a single Government White Paper in January of the following year. The BBC was to be entrusted with the development of television. Lord Selsdon was one of those to appear on the first day of BBC television broadcasts, 2 November 1936, now in his new capacity as Chairman of the Television Advisory Committee.

Lord Selsdon died at his home in 20 Grosvenor Square, London, in December 1938, aged 61, and was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium, his ashes later buried in Edinburgh.[2] He was succeeded in his titles by his son Peter, who became a well-known racing driver.


  1. The London Gazette: no. 33790. p. 346. 15 January 1932.
  2. The Complete Peerage, Volume XIII - Peerage Creations 1901-1938. St Catherine's Press. 1949. p. 504. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Mackinnon Douglas
Member of Parliament for North West Lanarkshire
1906January 1910
Succeeded by
William Mather Rutherford Pringle
Preceded by
Thomas Lorimer Corbett
Member of Parliament for North Down
Succeeded by
Thomas Watters Brown
New constituency Member of Parliament for Glasgow Maryhill
Succeeded by
John William Muir
Preceded by
Allan Smith
Member of Parliament for Croydon South
Succeeded by
Herbert Williams
Political offices
Preceded by
Vernon Hartshorn
Postmaster General
Succeeded by
Hastings Lees-Smith
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Selsdon
Succeeded by
Peter Mitchell-Thomson
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Mitchell Mitchell-Thomson
(of Polmood)
Succeeded by
Peter Mitchell-Thomson