John Taylor, Baron Kilclooney

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John David Taylor, Baron Kilclooney, PC (NI), MLA (born 24 December 1937) is a former Ulster Unionist Party MP and now a life peer. He is deputy leader of the party, and a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

He served as MP for Strangford in the British House of Commons between 1983 and 2001. Previously he also served as MP for South Tyrone in the former Northern Ireland House of Commons between 1965 and 1972 and served in the Unionist Government as Minister of State at the Ministry of Home Affairs. He resigned from office in 1971, in protest against the security measures of the then Prime Minister, James Chichester-Clarke. He represented Fermanagh & South Tyrone in the short-lived Northern Ireland Assembly elected in 1973 and dissolved in 1974, following the collapse of the power-sharing Executive.

In 1972 an attempt was made on his life, in which he was shot in the face by an IRA gunman. He survived, but needed extensive reconstructive surgery on his jaw.

He became a Member of the European Parliament for Northern Ireland in 1979, remaining an MEP until 1989. He also became MP for Strangford in 1983 and after standing down in 2001 was created a life peer as Baron Kilclooney, of Armagh in the County of Armagh.

He sits on the Northern Ireland Policing Board.

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