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  • William Edwin Wheeldon was a British co-operator and municipal politician from Birmingham who later became a Member of Parliament. Wheeldon was born in Crewe. After attending elementary school he joined the Royal Flying Corps at the start of the First World War, later transferring to the Royal Air Force. At the end of the war, he settled in Birmingham where he became involved in the Cooperative movement. His work in the Co-op also included membership of the Co-operative Party. He was elected to Birmingham City Council from St Bartholomew's Ward in 1927 as a Labour and Co-operative member, and from 1935 he was Secretary of the Birmingham and District Co-operative Party. In 1945 he was nominated as an Alderman. When Labour won control of the City Council in 1946, Wheeldon was made Chairman of the Finance Committee. Following the death of Fred Longden, Wheeldon was elected as Labour Co-operative Member of Parliament for Birmingham Small Heath in 1952. He specialised in local government, education, finance and housing, but was a low-profile MP. Unusually for the time, he was opposed to building tower blocks to ease the housing crisis, insisting that workers wanted to live on ground level with a bit of garden. Wikipedia

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