Taylor, Ann (4 of 4). The History of Parliament Oral History Project
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Taylor, Ann, 1947- (speaker, female)
Ledgerwood, Emmeline, 1968- (speaker, female)
Part 4: Detailed description of racial tensions in Dewsbury over school places. Remarks on how situation affected election campaign of 1992. Mentions demonstrations and protests. Mentions efforts to alleviate tensions. Remarks that school currently featured on TV is the same one which white parents refused to allow their children to attend. Mentions Dewsbury having biggest mosque in Europe. Remarks that political candidates who are female or of ethnic minority can suffer from lack of confidence. Comments on difference between constituencies of Bolton West and Dewsbury. Comments about NK asking her to join Front Bench with home affairs team. [08:50] Remarks about experience of being responsible for opposing water industry privatisation. Mentions Michael Howard being on opposite site. Anecdote about nearly talking out privatisation bill. Comments about knowing parliamentary procedure adding to AT’s reputation in the House. Story about using procedure during passage of Education Bill of 1979. Comments about learning procedure from colleagues, clerks. Remarks on information available through Commons library. Mentions education briefings produced by Kay Andrews for NK. [16:33] Remarks on developing the desire to be more involved in Government. Remarks on importance of talking to range of people. Remarks on importance of committee work. Comments on being offered education by JS. Remarks on becoming Shadow Leader of the House under TB and what it involved. Comments about standards and privileges and beginning of modernisation agenda. Comments on Labour expecting to win in 1997. Story about campaign for 1997 election. Comments about election victory and expectations it created. [25:42] Comments on working with TB. Description of work in the House and modernisation programme. Comments on decline in camaraderie between members with addition of Portcullis House. [29:53] Remarks on being part of TB’s government. Comments on the Iraq war and perception of it since it happened. Comments on deciding to stand down. Remarks about what AT misses about being an MP. Comment on influence as an MP and a peer. Remarks on different roles of two chambers. [38:08] Comments on achievements of which AT is proud: getting comprehensive education in Bolton, bringing environmental issues to forefront, modernisation of House and restructuring of whips’ office, right to roam legislation, membership of Intelligence and Security Committee. Comments on lobbying and need for transparency. Remarks on regret of losing Bolton West. [44:37] Comments on combining family life with political career. Description of AT’s children having parliamentary passes and knowing their way around Westminster. Remarks on Labour’s decision to drop Clause 4. Story about NK singing ‘Jerusalem’ which JS didn’t like. Comments on TB and New Labour. Remarks on TB’s leadership. Mentions the advice AT gave TB on becoming leader. Remarks on reorganisation of whips’ office. Remarks on nature of whip’s role and need to control ministerial expectations. Further comments on TB’s leadership.
Life story interview with Baroness Taylor of Bolton (1947-), former Labour Member of Parliament.