10 Facts About Michael Shersby


Sir Julian Michael Shersby was a British Conservative Party politician who was the Member of Parliament for Uxbridge from 1972 until his death.

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Michael Shersby attended Breakspear primary school and was later, like his siblings sat entrance exams for and was funded to attend independent school.

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Michael Shersby left school at 16, in 1949 starting work in a clerical position at a company in London.

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Michael Shersby lived with family in Ickenham until at 25 he married Barbara Barrow of West Drayton and they moved to London.

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Michael Shersby served as deputy lord mayor on Westminster City Council from 1967 to 1968.

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On 7 December 1972, Michael Shersby was elected to Parliament at a by-election triggered by the death of Uxbridge MP Charles Curran, who had re-taken the seat for the Conservatives from Labour's John Ryan in the 1970 general election.

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Michael Shersby was not expected to win the by-election, as it was considered a marginal seat; it occurred the same day as another by-election in Sutton and Cheam, in which the Conservatives lost a seat they had held in 1970 with a larger majority.

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Michael Shersby received an Honorary Doctorate from Brunel University in 1994 and was knighted in 1995 for his longstanding years of service in Parliament.

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Michael Shersby married Barbara Barrow in 1958, and they had two children, Julian and Lucy.

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Michael Shersby died of a heart attack in London on 8 May 1997, at the age of 64, only seven days after being re-elected to Parliament in the 1997 general election.

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