John Mark Taylor

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John Mark Taylor (born 19 August 1941) is a politician in the United Kingdom. He was the Conservative Party Member of Parliament for Solihull from 1983 to 2005, before losing his seat to Lorely Burt of the Liberal Democrats by a margin of 279 votes in the 2005 general election. He had previously been an Member of the European Parliament and leader of West Midlands County Council. He was first elected to the House of Commons in 1983, and served as a junior minister under John Major.

He began his career in the Solihull County Borough Council in 197l, then went on to the West Midlands Metropolitan County Council in 1973. He became Leader of the Opposition in 1975, Leader of the Council in 1977 and Deputy Chairman of the Association of Metropolitan Authorities in 1978.

Taylor was elected to the European Parliament for Midlands East in 1979, and served as the Conservatives' European Spokesman on the Community Budget from 1979 to 1981. He was Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Group in the European Parliament from 1981 to 1982.

Taylor became Secretary of the Conservative Back Bench Committee on European Affairs in 1983, member of the Select Committee on the Environment from 1983 to 1987, as well as Vice Chairman of the Conservative Back Bench Committee on Sport.

He served as an Assistant Government Whip from 1988 to 1989, a Lord Commissioner of Her Majesty's Treasury from 1989 to 1990 and Vice-Chamberlain of Her Majesty's Household from 1990 to 1992.

From 1992 to 1995, Taylor was Parliamentary Secretary at the Lord Chancellor's Department, a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Trade and Industry from 1995 to 1997, and then a delegate Member of the Council of Europe and Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Parliamentary Committees on Trade and Industry and Legal Affairs. He served in the Conservative Whips Office from 1997 to 1999, and became a Shadow Minister for Northern Ireland in 1999.

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