Peter Taylor (British politician)

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Peter Taylor
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Mayor of Watford
Assumed office
4 May 2018
Preceded byDorothy Thornhill
Personal details
Political partyLiberal Democrats

Peter Colin Taylor is a Liberal Democrat politician. He is the second directly elected mayor of Watford in the United Kingdom. He was elected in the 2018 election,[1] succeeding Dorothy Thornhill. Before becoming Elected Mayor of Watford, he was a teacher and a local Oxhey ward councillor.

Early life and career[edit]

Peter Taylor was raised in Sheffield and attended Notre Dame High School. He then attended the University of Edinburgh before moving to Watford to work as a teacher. He continued to work in the education sector as Assistant Director to the Catholic Education Service, representing over 2000 Catholic schools in England and Wales.[2]


Peter Taylor was elected as a Liberal Democrat councillor in Oxhey Ward in 2012.[3] He served in Dorothy Thornhill's Cabinet as Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Client Services, overseeing the town's parks, leisure centres, bin collections and theatres.[4]


Peter Taylor was elected Mayor of Watford on 4 May 2018, succeeding incumbent Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill with an increased first preference vote share of 48.7%.[5]

Peter Taylor made improving the town's transport infrastructure and increasing support for local rough sleepers some of his key priorities. In particular, he is working to introduce a new Cycle Hire Scheme to Watford as well as a new On Demand Bus Service.[6] He is looking for a replacement to the previous Metropolitan Line Extension since Transport for London were unable to complete the scheme.[7]

Peter Taylor uses various social media platforms and hosts regular Facebook Live Q and A sessions with local residents to quiz him about his plans for the town.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Peter Taylor lives in Oxhey with his wife and three children.


  1. ^ "Local elections 2018 latest". BBC. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Home". Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  3. ^ "2012 Watford Borough Council election", Wikipedia, 2018-12-15, retrieved 2019-05-29
  4. ^ Council, Watford Borough. "The Mayor and his Cabinet". Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  5. ^ "Vote 2018: Watford mayoral election result". 2018-05-04. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  6. ^ Council, Watford Borough. "New initiatives could offer residents and visitors a healthy and cheap way to travel". Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  7. ^ "'We will get your Met Line money back'". Watford Observer. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  8. ^ Ask your questions about crime and anti... - Peter Taylor - Mayor of Watford, retrieved 2019-05-29