Taylor, Teddy (1 of 4).  The History of Parliament Oral History Project

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    Interviewee's home, Southend on Sea

  • Interviewees

    Taylor, Teddy, 1937-2017 (speaker, male)

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    Freeman, James (speaker, male)

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    Part 1: Sir Teddy Taylor [TT] comments on growing up in Glasgow and Grammar schools. [2:40] Memories of TT’s father and home life. [4:11] Story about Glasgow antique shop. [5:06] Comments on wartime Britain and bombing. [07:46] Description of family home and lifestyle. [09:23] Memory of childhood holidays with Auntie. [10:55] Description of TT’s mother and collapse of his father’s business. [14:38] Comments on TT’s sister and growing up with cousins. [17:01] Remarks on school life and story about debating society. [19:24] Memories of school friendship group. [20:19] Story about having to wear a kilt to school. [20:52] Comments on other school activities and exams at university. [22:21] Description of change between school and university life. [23:31] Story about confronting communist lecturer and switch from history to politics and economics course. [26:22] Story of getting first newspaper job at Glasgow Herald and then at Clyde Shipyard Association. [28:50] Comments on relationship with shipyard Union bosses and negotiation process. [30:47] Remarks on relationship with shipyard employers. [32:31] Comments on Union representatives’ relationships with members and Union rules preventing competitiveness.

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    Life story interview with Sir Edward MacMillan Taylor (1937-2017), former Conservative Member of Parliament.

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