Charles Taylor (Conservative politician)

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Sir Charles Stuart Taylor (10 April 1910 – 29 March 1989) was an English businessman and Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1935 to 1974.

Taylor was the son of Alfred George Taylor and his wife Mary Kirwan. His elder brother was Alfred Suenson-Taylor He was educated at Epsom College, Surrey and at Trinity College, Cambridge.[1] In 1935, he was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Eastbourne in East Sussex, in an unopposed by-election on 29 March following the death of Conservative MP John Slater.[2] At the age of 25 he was the youngest member in the house. He was awarded MA from Cambridge in 1937.[1]

Taylor fought in the Second World War in the Royal Artillery and became a Temporary Major in 1941. He was awarded the Territorial Decoration (T.D.). He was managing director of Cow and Gate and later Unigate. In 1946 he became President of Grosvenor House (Park Lane) Ltd, Residential Hotels Association. He became Deputy Lieutenant of Sussex in 1948 and was knighted in 1954. In 1958 he became Honorary Colonel in the 3rd (Sussex Battalion) Mobile Defence Corps. He was invested as a Serving Brother, Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem.[1]

Taylor held the seat until he was de-selected by his local party prior to the February 1974 general election . He was succeeded by Ian Gow.[2]

Taylor married actress Constance Ada Shotter, daughter of Frederick E Shotter and sister of Winifred Shotter, on 20 May 1936. They had three sons and a daughter and lived at Ratton Wood, Willingdon, Eastbourne, Sussex.[1]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Slater
Member of Parliament for Eastbourne
1935Feb 1974
Succeeded by
Ian Gow
Preceded by
Lord Willoughby de Eresby
Baby of the House
Succeeded by
Malcolm Macmillan