Taylor, Ann (2 of 4). The History of Parliament Oral History Project
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House of Lords, London
Taylor, Ann, 1947- (speaker, female)
Ledgerwood, Emmeline, 1968- (speaker, female)
Part 2: Remarks on election campaign in Bolton West. Mentions education, textile industry, abortion, immigration as being important local issues. Remarks on 11+ system. Remarks on shrinking textile industry. Comments on reaction to her as a young, female candidate. Mentions sharing a platform with HW when HW visited Bolton. Comments on having as much right to stand as a young man. Remarks about husband’s career and interest in politics. Remarks about local party financing election campaign. Remarks on individual constituencies having their own culture. Remarks on financial support that came with being married. [09:42] Detailed remarks on campaigning activities. Story about having to make speeches at local clubs before bingo on a Saturday night. Remarks on input from national Labour party. Comments on background to two elections of 1974. Remarks on increased confidence in Labour between two elections. Comments on election night. Remarks on lack of information about starting at Westminster. Anecdote about first day at Westminster. Mentions forging links with regional MPs from same intake. Remarks on not knowing London before that. Remarks on work/family balance as an MP. [21:00] Remarks on settling into Westminster. Mentions sharing an office with Margaret Beckett. Remarks on women MPs and northern members. Remarks on tea room being the hub. Comments on changes with development of parliamentary estate. Remarks on Portcullis House affecting dynamics of the House. Remarks on effects of changes in sitting hours. Mentions MPs working in the cloisters. Story about advertising for a secretary. [29:34] Story about finding accommodation in London. Remarks on weekly routine travelling between London and Bolton. Remarks on financial implications of being an MP. Mentions MPs finding it difficult to survive financially. Mentions rows over MPs’ pay. Remarks on expenses issue.
Life story interview with Baroness Taylor of Bolton (1947-), former Labour Member of Parliament.