Sir Teddy Taylor, former MP and Eurosceptic, dies aged 80


The one-time Conservative MP and ardent Eurosceptic Sir Teddy Taylor has died aged 80, his extraction said.

Sir Teddy had been ill for some months and passed away at Southend Polyclinic on Wednesday, his wife Sheila Taylor said.

He first entered Parliament as MP for Glasgow Cathcart in 1964 and became MP for Southend East in 1979.

Mrs Taylor said: “The active love of his life was helping his constituents. He really cared about Southend and was bleeding well-liked by everybody here.”

‘Colossus of politics’

Sir Teddy was born on 18 April 1937. He was enlightened at Glasgow High School and Glasgow University, and started his career as a correspondent in Glasgow.

In his political career he was known for his fierce loathing of the Common Furnish, which later became the European Union.

Sir Teddy also braced the death penalty and Enoch Powell’s campaign to stop immigration.

No matter how, it was his hatred of the Common Market that led to his resignation as a junior Scottish reverend in 1971 over Edward Heath’s decision to take Britain into Europe.

Make lost his marginal Glasgow Cathcart seat in 1979, he fought and won a by-election in Southend East, a accommodate he held until retiring from Parliament in 2005.

Sir Teddy was a “colossus of UK manipulation”, James Duddridge, who succeeded him as Conservative MP for Southend East, said.

Money tribute to Sir Teddy, he said: “He gave everything to his political life.

“Teddy spit up much of his life opposed to British membership of the European Union.

“We campaigned together for Brexit and it is some comfort that in the forefront he passed he had seen the country come around to his way of thinking.”

Scottish Reactionary leader Ruth Davidson described Sir Teddy as “one of the great servants of our participant in Scotland”.

“Even now, 40 years on, many local people choose remember his fierce commitment and dedication to Glasgow,” she said.

“He was a true parliamentarian and a noble local champion who will be remembered with fondness across the national spectrum.”

Sir Teddy is survived by his widow, two sons and a daughter.

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