Teddy Taylor, the former Conservative MP, has died at the age of 80


Teddy Taylor, the former Conservative MP for Glasgow Cathcart, Southend East and Rochford & Southend East, has died at the age of 80. Taylor had been the Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland before the 1979 General Election and he later became one of the Maastricht rebels in the 1990s.

Taylor was born on 18 April 1937 and he was educated at Glasgow High School and Glasgow University and he started a career as a journalist after graduating. He became the Conservative MP for Glasgow Cathcart in 1964 , making his maiden speech shortly afterwards, and he was the Baby of the House from his election until 1965.

Taylor held his seat until the 1979 General Election when he was the only Conservative MP to lose his seat as Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister. He was returned to Parliament the following year at a by-election for the Southend East constituency with a majority of just 430.

Along with a number of other Euro-sceptics, Taylor rebelled against John Major’s Conservative Government in the 1980s and was known as one of the Maastricht rebels.

He retired from the House of Commons in 2005 and died on 21 September 2017 following an illness which has lasted several months. Taylor leaves a widow, two sons and a daughter.