Taylor, Teddy (4 of 4). The History of Parliament Oral History Project
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Interviewee's home, Southend on Sea
Taylor, Teddy, 1937-2017 (speaker, male)
Freeman, James (speaker, male)
Part 4: Comments on Common Market and Group of 8: its strength because the government had majority of 7, and they held the balance of power. [1:24] Explains system of whipping. [4:20] Comments on power of Parliament changing and European parliament. [05:26] Remarks on backbench tactics, and parliament’s relationship with Europe. [09:18] Comments on MEP’s and democracy. [09:59] Discussion about groupings of MPs and anti-market organisations outside Parliament. [13:48] Comments on Lisbon treaty and EU. [15:31] Remarks about social life as an MP. [17:12] Feelings about having left parliament. [17:59] Comments on how being an MP affects family life. [20:06] Comments on alcohol and politics. [24:08] Remarks on MPs’ workloads, meetings and office support. [25:31] Comments on MPs drinking. [26:30] Comments on boredom in parliament and filibustering. [28:49] Description of relationship with political opposition. [30:27] Relationship with others in Conservative party. [32:00] Story of deciding how the Group of 8 would vote. [33:08] Story of how the Group of 8 came together in January 1995. [36:21] Comments on friendship in Parliament. [37:25] Comparison of reality with expectations of Parliamentary life. [38:00] Remarks on using Parliamentary questions and written answers. [38:25] Comments on parliamentarians TT admired, particularly Harold Wilson and Gordon Brown. [40:50] Story about Enoch Powell and graveyard. [43:00] Comments on Keith Joseph. [44:35] Feelings on retiring from Parliament and living in Southend. [45:50] Comments on strong beliefs on EU and Middle East.
Life story interview with Sir Edward MacMillan Taylor (1937-2017), former Conservative Member of Parliament.