Lord John Taylor CBE

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Lord Taylor of Warwick became the first black Conservative peer and also one of the youngest peers in the House of Lords in 1996 at the age of 42. He was awarded a CBE in 1992 for his political service. However, in May 2011 he was jailed for 12 months when he became the first peer to be found guilty in the Parliamentary expenses scandal. He was released under home detention just three months later and was suspended from Parliament for a year. The Bar Standards Board disbarred him on 25 May 2012 as a result of his criminal conviction.

Born in Birmingham in 1952, his father was a professional cricketer who played for Warwickshire and the West Indies. Lord Taylor attended Moseley Grammar School and graduated in Law in 1976 from Keele University where, in his final year, he won the Gray’s Inn Advocacy Prize. He was called to the Bar in 1978 and was appointed as a Judge in 1997. In 1999 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Laws (LLD) by Warwick University.

He first got involved in politics in 1986 when he became a Borough Councillor in Solihull. Lord Taylor went on to become a Special Adviser to the Home Secretary and Ministers of State between 1990 and 1991. He introduced the legislative Bill which is now the Criminal Evidence Amendment Act 1997.

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