In 1910 John Wheatley was elected to the Lanark County Council. Subsequently elected to the Glasgow Town Council in 1912 and the House of Commons in 1922 and appointed Minister of Health for the first Labour government in 1924, he increasingly expressed his Catholic Socialism through political action in local and national government. Although he continued to denounce, and be denounced by anti-Socialist Catholics, his public career after the Belloc debate was devoted primarily to political measures which he hoped would bring about the improvement of working-class health and housing conditions.