Stephen Taylor, Baron Taylor

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Taylor
The Lord Taylor.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Barnet
In office
26 July 1945 – 23 February 1950
Preceded by Constituency created
Succeeded by Reginald Maudling
Personal details
Born Stephen James Lake Taylor
(1910-12-30)30 December 1910
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire, England
Died 1 February 1988(1988-02-01) (aged 77)
Wrexham, Wales
Nationality British
Political party Labour (Until 1981)
Social Democrats (1981-1988)
Occupation Politician

Stephen James Lake Taylor, Baron Taylor (SJL Taylor) (30 December 1910 – 1 February 1988) was a British physician, civil servant, politician and educator.

Born in High Wycombe, from 1940 to 1944 he was Director of Home intelligence and the Wartime Social Survey in the Ministry of Information, and Labour Member of Parliament for Barnet from 1945 to 1950. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister and Lord President of the Council from 1947 until 1950. He was a policy advisor on the National Health Service.

In 1951 he was invited by the Nuffield Provincial Hospitals trust to carry out a survey of general practice,[1] he went on to make a significant contribution to the development of general practice, holding a number of positions on medical boards and other organisations.[2]

In August 1958, he was created a life peer as Baron Taylor, of Harlow in the County of Essex.[3] He served in government as Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations and Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies from 1964 to 1966. He resigned from Labour Party in 1981 to sit with the Social Democratic Party.

Lord Taylor was also Medical Director of Harlow Industrial Health Service, and President and Vice-Chancellor of Memorial University of Newfoundland from 1967 to 1973. After he retired from this position he became visiting professor of community medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland.[4]

In 1962, he mediated the end to the Saskatchewan doctors' strike in Saskatchewan, Canada,[5] he died in Wrexham aged 77.

Taylor married Charity Clifford, a medical doctor and later Governor of Holloway Prison, in 1939.[6]


  • 1949 Shadows in the Sun: the Story of the Fight Against Tropical Diseases (with Phyllis Gadsden)
  • A Natural History of Everyday Life
  • 1961 First Aid in the Factory and on the Building Site and Farm, in the Shop, Office and Warehouse
  • 1964 Mental Health and Environment (with Sidney Chave)


  1. ^ "RCP London, Lives of the Fellows: Lord Stephen James Lake Taylor". RCPLondon. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Stephen James Lake Taylor, Lord Taylor of Harlow (1910-1988)". Houses of Parliament. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "No. 41467". The London Gazette. 8 August 1958. p. 4930. 
  4. ^ "Lord Stephen Taylor of Harlow". Memorial University. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Lord Taylor of Harlow collection". Memorial University. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Daniel Yates (7 January 1998). "Obituary: Lady Taylor". The Independent. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Barnet
Succeeded by
Reginald Maudling
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Hornby
Nigel Fisher
Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies
With: Eirene White (1964–1965)
The Lord Beswick (1965–1966)
Succeeded by
The Lord Beswick
Academic offices
Preceded by
Moses Morgan (pro tempore)
President of Memorial University of Newfoundland
Succeeded by
Moses Morgan
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Lord Granville-West
Senior life peer
Succeeded by
The Baroness Wootton of Abinger