Richard Taylor

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Dr. Richard Thomas Taylor, BA, MB, FRCP (b. 7 July 1934) is a medical doctor turned politician, and was the Independent Kidderminster Hospital and Health Concern Member of Parliament for Wyre Forest, from 2001 to May 2010.


[edit] Background and education

The son of Thomas Taylor and his wife Mabel Hickley, Taylor was educated at The Leys School, Cambridge (1947?53) the same school as the earlier Independent Member of Parliament Martin Bell, who was two years below him. Taylor went to Clare College Cambridge and the former Westminster Medical School, now part of the Imperial College School of Medicine.

[edit] Medical career

[edit] Election to Parliament

Standing for Parliament at the 2001 general election, Taylor campaigned largely on a single issue, that of keeping Kidderminster Hospital open, and won with a majority of 18,000. He defeated the incumbent Labour MP and junior minister, David Lock. He was aided in this success by the Liberal Democrats' decision not to stand a candidate against him and instead support his campaign. The Liberal Democrats had previously stood down to aid the election of another independent 'anti-sleaze' candidate Martin Bell in Tatton in 1997.

He was re-elected at the 2005 election with a reduced majority of 5,250; again the Liberal Democrats stood aside. Labour were pushed into third place in his constituency. This made Taylor the first independent MP to retain a seat in the House of Commons in a second election since Frank Maguire in 1979. (+)

[edit] Record in the House of Commons

While his speeches in the Commons have been mostly confined to the health service, he has also laid out an atypical collection of political views. These non-health policies include Section 28, the renationalisation of the British railway system, and the availability of cannabis as a controlled drug. He also opposed the Iraq war.

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Political Offices
Preceded by:
David Lock
Member of Parliament for Wyre Forest
2001-2005, 2005-2010
Succeeded by:
Mark Garnier

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