Richard Taylor (British politician)
|Dr Richard Taylor|
|Member of Parliament
for Wyre Forest
7 June 2001 – 6 May 2010
|Preceded by||David Lock|
|Succeeded by||Mark Garnier|
|Born||7 July 1934|
|Political party||Health Concern (2001–2012)
National Health Action Party (2012–present)
|Alma mater||Clare College, Cambridge|
Richard Thomas Taylor FRCP (born 7 July 1934) is an English doctor and politician. He served as an Independent Member of Parliament for Wyre Forest between 2001 and 2010. He is Co-Leader of the National Health Action Party.
Background and education
The son of Thomas Taylor and his wife Mabel Hickley, Taylor was educated at The Leys School, the same school as the former Independent MP 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.
- 1959-1961: House appointments at Westminster, Kingston and London Chest Hospital, London
- 1961-1964: Medical Officer, Royal Air Force
- 1964-1972: Registrar and senior registrar appointments in London hospitals
- 1972-1995: Consultant physician, Kidderminster General Hospital
Before entering politics, Taylor was a member of his local Health Authority, chairman of Kidderminster Hospital League of Friends (1996–2001), and a committee member of the Save Kidderminster Hospital Campaign (1997–2001).
Standing for Parliament as an Independent Kidderminster Hospital and Health Concern candidate at the 2001 general election, Taylor campaigned largely on a single issue, that of restoring the Accident & Emergency department of Kidderminster Hospital, which had been closed in 2000 due to cuts in the NHS. Taylor won with a majority of 18,000, defeating the incumbent Labour MP and junior minister, David Lock. The Liberal Democrats decided not to put up a candidate against him. The Liberal Democrats had previously stood down when faced with another independent candidate - Martin Bell in Tatton in 1997.
Taylor was re-elected at the 2005 election with a reduced majority of 5,250; again the Liberal Democrats stood aside. Conservative candidate Mark Garnier took second place and Labour were pushed into third in the 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.
He became secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Patient and Public Involvement in Health. He was a member of the Health Select Committee 2001-2010 and also became co-chair of All Party Local Hospital Group, Vice Chairman of All Party Group on Cancer, Vice Chairman od Associate Parliamentary Flood Prevention Group, Secretary of All Party Group on Patient and Public Involvement in Health.
While his speeches in the Commons were mostly confined to the health service, Taylor also laid out an atypical collection of political views. These non-health policies included support for the renationalisation of the British railway system, and the availability of cannabis as a controlled drug. He also opposed the Iraq war  and student top up fees.
In 1962, Taylor married Ann Brett and they had one son and two daughters. After this marriage was dissolved, in 1990 he married secondly Christine Miller and with her had a further daughter, Georgie. He currently resides in Kidderminster.
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18062726%7C accessdate=19/11/12
- Wyre Forest - Election Results 2010, BBC.
- "Wyre Forest candidates back return of Kidderminster A&E - 30th April 2010". BBC News. 30 April 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2010.
- House of Commons - Register of Interests of Members' Secretaries and Research Assistants[dead link]
- Profile page, BBC News
- Who's Who (A & C. Black, London, 2003) page 2125
- Dr Richard Taylor MP - official site
- Richard Taylor MP profile at BBC News
- Richard Taylor at epolitix.com
- Richard Taylor MP at Ask Aristotle
- Richard Taylor MP at theyworkforyou.com
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Richard Taylor
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Wyre Forest
2001 – 2010