John Taylor, Baron Kilclooney
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|The Right Honourable
The Lord Kilclooney
|Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
25 June 1998 – 7 March 2007
|Preceded by||Assembly Established|
|Succeeded by||Michelle McIlveen|
|Member of the UK Parliament
9 June 1983 – 7 June 2001
|Preceded by||Constituency Established|
|Succeeded by||Iris Robinson|
|Member of the European Parliament
for Northern Ireland
10 June 1979 – 15 June 1989
|Preceded by||Parliament Established|
|Succeeded by||Jim Nicholson|
|Member of the Northern Ireland Parliament
for South Tyrone
25 November 1965 – 30 March 1972
|Preceded by||William Frederick McCoy|
|Succeeded by||Parliament Abolished|
|Born||24 December 1937|
(formerly) Ulster Unionist Party
|Alma mater||Queen's University Belfast|
John David Taylor, Baron Kilclooney, PC (NI) (born 24 December 1937), is a former Ulster Unionist Party MP and a life peer. He was deputy leader of the UUP from 1995 to 2001, and a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Career and family
Taylor was educated at The Royal School, Armagh, and The Queen's University of Belfast (BSc). He married Mary Todd in 1970 and has six children. Lord Kilclooney owns Alpha Newspapers which operates local newspaper titles in Northern Ireland and the Republic. He is a member of the Farmers Club in London, and the County Club in Armagh City.
Lord Kilclooney's political career began as MP for South Tyrone in the Northern Ireland House of Commons between 1965 and 1972 and served in the government of Northern Ireland as Minister of State at the Ministry of Home Affairs.
In February 1972, he survived an assassination attempt by the Official Irish Republican Army. Two men, including Joe McCann (who was himself shot dead some months afterwards whilst evading arrest) raked his car with bullets, hitting Taylor five times in the head. Taylor survived, but needed extensive reconstructive surgery on his jaw. Despite this, Taylor soon re-entered politics. He represented Fermanagh & South Tyrone in the short-lived Northern Ireland Assembly elected in 1973 and dissolved in 1974, following the collapse of the power-sharing Executive.
He became a Member of the European Parliament for Northern Ireland in 1979, remaining an MEP until 1989. On 20 January 1987, Taylor left the European Democrats, with whom the Conservatives sat, to join the controversial European Right group.
He was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1982 for North Down. He then became MP for Strangford in 1983, until 2001. He was a member of Castlereagh Borough Council from 1993–1997. In February 1989 he joined the "hard right" Conservative Monday Club and appears on the list of their speakers at the Annual Conference of its Young Members' Group at the United Oxford & Cambridge Club in Pall Mall, on 18 November 1989, when he spoke on 'The Union and Northern Ireland'.
Following the 2001 general election, on 17 July he was created a life peer as Baron Kilclooney, of Armagh in the County of Armagh, sitting as a crossbencher. He sat on the Northern Ireland Policing Board between 1998 and 2006. He continued to sit as a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly until his retirement prior to the elections in March 2007. He remains the only active politician to have participated in all levels of government in Northern Ireland, from local council, the Parliament of Northern Ireland, Westminster, Europe, all previous failed Assemblies and Conventions and the current incarnation of the Assembly.
- Details of assassination attempt, cain.ulst.ac.uk; accessed 24 October 2015.
- "A Chronology of the Conflict – 1987". Conflict Archive on the Internet. University of Ulster. 1 June 2009. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
- "John Taylor: Profile". BBC News. 30 January 2001.
- The London Gazette: . 20 July 2001.
- "Partition could come north of Border". The Scotsman. Johnston Press. 13 January 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
- Stormont Biography
- BBC Profile
- Cain Biography
- Northern Ireland Policing Board
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by John Taylor
|Parliament of Northern Ireland|
|Member of Parliament for South Tyrone
|Parliament prorogued 1972
|Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Home Affairs
|New office||Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs
|New creation||MEP for Northern Ireland
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for Strangford
|Northern Ireland Assembly|
|New creation||MLA for Strangford
|Party political offices|
|Deputy Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party
Sir Reg Empey