Ann Taylor, Baroness Taylor of Bolton

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The Baroness Taylor of Bolton

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Minister of State for International Defence and Security
In office
5 October 2008 – 11 May 2010
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byGerald Howarth (International Security Strategy)
Minister of State for Defence Equipment and Support
In office
7 November 2007 – 5 October 2008
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byThe Lord Drayson
Succeeded byQuentin Davies
Chief Whip of the House of Commons
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
In office
27 July 1998 – 8 June 2001
Prime MinisterTony Blair
DeputyKeith Bradley
Preceded byNick Brown
Succeeded byHilary Armstrong
Leader of the House of Commons
Lord President of the Council
In office
2 May 1997 – 27 July 1998
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byTony Newton
Succeeded byMargaret Beckett
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
In office
20 October 1994 – 2 May 1997
LeaderTony Blair
ShadowingTony Newton
Preceded byMargaret Beckett
Succeeded byAlastair Goodlad
Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Shadow Minister for the Citizen's Charter
In office
20 October 1994 – 19 October 1995
LeaderTony Blair
ShadowingDavid Hunt
Roger Freeman
Preceded byMichael Meacher
Succeeded byDerek Foster
Shadow Secretary of State for Education
In office
18 July 1992 – 20 October 1994
LeaderJohn Smith
Margaret Beckett (Acting)
ShadowingJohn Patten
Gillian Shephard
Preceded byJack Straw
Succeeded byDavid Blunkett
Member of Parliament
In office
12 June 1987 – 11 April 2005
Preceded byJohn Whitfield
Succeeded byShahid Malik
ConstituencyDewsbury
In office
10 October 1974 – 9 June 1983
Preceded byRobert Redmond
Succeeded byTom Sackville
ConstituencyBolton West
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
13 June 2005
Life Peerage
Personal details
Born (1947-07-02) 2 July 1947 (age 72)
London, United Kingdom
Political partyLabour
Alma materUniversity of Bradford

Winifred Ann Taylor, Baroness Taylor of Bolton, PC (born 2 July 1947) is a British Labour Party politician, who was Minister for International Defence and Security, based at both the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, from October 2008 until 11 May 2010.

She was also the first woman to serve as Leader of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom and the first woman to serve as Lord President of the Privy Council (both in the First Blair Ministry).[1]

Early life[edit]

She attended Bolton School and the University of Bradford, where she graduated with a BSc degree in Politics and History in 1969. [2]

House of Commons[edit]

Taylor fought Bolton West in February 1974 (failing to win by 603 votes), then was the Member of Parliament (MP) for the seat from October 1974 to 1983. She fought the new seat of Bolton North East in 1983, being defeated by the Conservative Peter Thurnham, before representing Dewsbury from 1987 until 2005.

Frontbench roles[edit]

Ann Taylor has held the following positions:

Backbenches and retirement[edit]

As a backbencher, Ann Taylor sponsored a Private Member's Bill, the 'Succession to the Crown (no 2)' Bill, which sought to eliminate gender and religious discrimination in the royal succession.[4]

Taylor stepped down from the House of Commons at the 2005 general election. The Constituency Labour Party selected Shahid Malik to be their candidate.

House of Lords[edit]

On 13 May 2005 it was announced that she was to be given a Life Peerage, and she was created Baroness Taylor of Bolton, of Bolton in the County of Greater Manchester, on 13 June 2005.[5]

She was made Minister for Defence Procurement on 7 November 2007, following Lord Drayson's decision to resign to compete in the American Le Mans Series; unlike her predecessor, she was paid.[6] Following the Brown reshuffle of October 2008, Lady Taylor was moved to a new post at the Ministry of Defence as Minister for International Defence and Security.[7]

Votes in Parliament[edit]

The Public Whip cites her as being "Very Strongly" for the Iraq War, equal gay rights, and NHS foundation trusts (despite being noted for voting against Conservative MP Edwina Currie's 1994 proposed amendment to the Public Order and Criminal Justice Bill to equalise the age of homosexual consent to 16).[8]

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1947-1974: Ms Ann Taylor
  • 1974-1983: Ms Ann Taylor MP
  • 1983-1987: Ms Ann Taylor
  • 1987-1997: Ms Ann Taylor MP
  • 1997-2005: The Right Honourable Ann Taylor MP
  • 2005: The Right Honourable Ann Taylor
  • 2005-: The Right Honourable The Baroness Taylor of Bolton PC

In popular culture[edit]

The 2012 play This House about the 1970s Labour Government prominently featured Ann Taylor as the first female whip.

References[edit]

  1. ^ August Artwork of the Month: Ann Taylor by Nick Sinclair
  2. ^ Ann Taylor at Bradford.ac Archived 9 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 27 July 2016
  3. ^ Lib Dems criticise Taylor appointment | Politics | guardian.co.uk
  4. ^ Succession to the Crown (No. 2) Bill
  5. ^ "No. 57676". The London Gazette. 16 June 2005. p. 7843.
  6. ^ BBC NEWS | UK | UK Politics | Bolton appointed as Defence Minister
  7. ^ Lady Taylor is appointed as new International Defence and Security Minister Archived 12 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ http://www.publicwhip.org.uk The Public Whip

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Redmond
Member of Parliament
for Bolton West

19741983
Succeeded by
Tom Sackville
Preceded by
John Whitfield
Member of Parliament
for Dewsbury

19872005
Succeeded by
Shahid Malik
Political offices
Preceded by
Jack Straw
Shadow Secretary of State for Education
1992–1994
Succeeded by
David Blunkett
Preceded by
Michael Meacher
Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
1994–1995
Succeeded by
Derek Foster
Shadow Minister for the Citizen's Charter
1994–1995
Preceded by
Margaret Beckett
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
1994–1997
Succeeded by
Alastair Goodlad
Preceded by
Tony Newton
Leader of the House of Commons
1997–1998
Succeeded by
Margaret Beckett
Lord President of the Council
1997–1998
Preceded by
Nick Brown
Government Chief Whip in the Commons
1998–2001
Succeeded by
Hilary Armstrong
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
1998–2001
Preceded by
Tom King
Chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee
2001–2005
Succeeded by
Paul Murphy
Preceded by
The Lord Drayson
Minister of State for Defence Equipment and Support
2007–2008
Succeeded by
Quentin Davies
New office Minister of State for International Defence and Security
2008–2010
Succeeded by
Gerald Howarth
as Minister of State for International Security Strategy
Party political offices
Preceded by
Nick Brown
Chief Whip of the Labour Party in the Commons
1998–2001
Succeeded by
Hilary Armstrong