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John Taylor (Solihull MP)

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John Mark Taylor (19 August 1941 – 30 May 2017) was a solicitor and British politician. He was the Conservative Party Member of Parliament (MP) for Solihull from 1983 to 2005, before losing his seat to Lorely Burt of the Liberal Democrats by a margin of 279 votes in the 2005 general election. He had previously been a Member of the European Parliament and leader of West Midlands County Council. He was first elected to the House of Commons in 1983, and served as a junior minister under John Major.

John Mark Taylor
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
In office
28 November 1990 – 15 April 1992
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded byDavid Lightbown
Succeeded bySydney Chapman
Lord Commissioner of the Treasury
In office
26 July 1989 – 28 November 1990
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byDavid Maclean
Succeeded byTim Wood (1992)
Member of Parliament
for Solihull
In office
9 June 1983 – 5 May 2005
Preceded byPercy Grieve
Succeeded byLorely Burt
Personal details
Born(1941-08-19)19 August 1941
Hampton-in-Arden, Warwickshire
Died30 May 2017(2017-05-30) (aged 75)
NationalityBritish
Political partyConservative

Early lifeEdit

He went to the independent Bromsgrove School and the College of Law. He was a Senior Partner in John Taylor & Co. solicitors.

He began his career in the Solihull County Borough Council in 1971, then went on to the West Midlands Metropolitan County Council in 1973. He became Leader of the Opposition in 1975, Leader of the Council in 1977 and Deputy Chairman of the Association of Metropolitan Authorities in 1978.

Parliamentary careerEdit

He contested Dudley East in February and October 1974.

Taylor was elected to the European Parliament for Midlands East in 1979, and served as the Conservatives' European Spokesman on the Community Budget from 1979-81. He was Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Group in the European Parliament from 1981-2.

Elected as MP for Solihull in 1983, he held the seat for the subsequent four General Elections. He became Secretary of the Conservative Back Bench Committee on European Affairs in 1983, member of the Select Committee on the Environment from 1983-7, as well as Vice Chairman of the Conservative Back Bench Committee on Sport.

He served as an Assistant Government Whip from 1988-9, a Lord Commissioner of Her Majesty's Treasury from 1989 to 1990 and Vice-Chamberlain of Her Majesty's Household from 1990-2.

From 1992-5, Taylor was Parliamentary Secretary at the Lord Chancellor's Department, a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Trade and Industry from 1995-7, and then a delegate Member of the Council of Europe and Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Parliamentary Committees on Trade and Industry and Legal Affairs. He served in the Conservative Whips Office from 1997-9, and became a Shadow Minister for Northern Ireland in 1999.

He narrowly lost his Solihull seat to the Liberal Democrat Lorely Burt in a surprise result in the May 2005 General Election.

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