Taylor, Teddy (3 of 4).  The History of Parliament Oral History Project

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    Interviewee's home, Southend on Sea

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

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    Freeman, James (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 3: Story about entering the House of Commons and beginning parliamentary business, and meeting the Chief Whip, Willie Whitelaw. [02:33] Mentions that he knew only Labour MPs from Glasgow, and meeting Harold Wilson, who told him about the party segregation in the Tea Room. Mentions election of Gwynfor Evans and there was no-where for him to sit; further problems after Winne Ewing elected and how the Catering Committee dealt with it, and Bernadette Devlin. [06:26] Comments on learning to speak in the House and understanding parliamentary business. [7:01] Story of maiden and second speeches. [07:50] Comments on foreign affairs, crusades and trip to Afghanistan. [19:49] Remarks on process of writing parliamentary speeches. [telephone interruption]

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

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