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The Right Honourable
 The Baroness Taylor of Bolton 

Assumed office 
5 October 2008
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Position established

In office
7 November 2007 – 5 October 2008
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by The Lord Drayson
Succeeded by Quentin Davies

In office
27 July 1998 – 8 June 2001
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Nick Brown
Succeeded by Hilary Armstrong

In office
2 May 1997 – 27 July 1998
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Tony Newton
Succeeded by Margaret Beckett

Member of Parliament
for Bolton West
In office
10 October 1974 – 9 June 1983
Preceded by Robert Redmond
Succeeded by Thomas Geoffrey Sackville

Member of Parliament
for Dewsbury
In office
11 June 1987 – 5 May 2005
Preceded by John Whitfield
Succeeded by Shahid Malik

Born 2 July 1947 (1947-07-02) (age 62)
London, United Kingdom
Political party Labour

Winifred Ann Taylor, Baroness Taylor of Bolton, PC (born 2 July 1947) is a British Labour politician, who is currently the Minister for International Defence and Security, based at both the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.


Member of Parliament

Member of Parliament for Bolton West from October 1974 to 1983, then Dewsbury from 1987 until 2005.


In government

Ann Taylor has held the following positions:

Backbenches, retirement and peerage

As a backbencher, Ann Taylor sponsored a Private Member's Bill, the 'Succession to the Crown (no 2)' Bill, which sought to elminiate gender and religious discrimination in the royal succession.[2]

Taylor stepped down from the House of Commons at the 2005 general election. The Constituency Labour Party selected Shahid Malik to be their candidate.

On 13 May 2005 it was announced she was to be given a Life Peerage, and she was created Baroness Taylor of Bolton, of Bolton in the County of Greater Manchester, on 13 June 2005.

She was made Minister for Defence Procurement on 7 November 2007, following Lord Drayson's decision to resign to compete in the American Le Mans Series; unlike her predecessor, she was paid.[3] Following the Brown reshuffle of October 2008, Lady Taylor was moved to the new post at the Ministry of Defence as Minister for International Defence and Security.[4]

Personal life


The Public Whip cites her as being "Very Strongly" for the Iraq War, equal Gay Rights, and Foundation Hospitals. (despite being noted for voting against Conservative MP Edwina Currie's 1994 proposed amendement to the Public Order and Criminal Justice Bill to equalise the age of homosexual consent to 16).[5]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Redmond
Member of Parliament for Bolton West
Succeeded by
Thomas Geoffrey Sackville
Preceded by
John Whitfield
Member of Parliament for Dewsbury
Succeeded by
Shahid Malik
Political offices
Preceded by
Tony Newton
Leader of the House of Commons
Succeeded by
Margaret Beckett
Lord President of the Council
Preceded by
Nick Brown
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
Succeeded by
Hilary Armstrong
Chief Whip of the House of Commons
Preceded by
Tom King
Chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee
Succeeded by
Paul Murphy
Preceded by
The Lord Drayson
Minister of State for Defence Equipment and Support
Succeeded by
Quentin Davies
New office Minister of State for International Defence and Security


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