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My favourite musicians include Nat King Cole, Burt Bacarach and Frank Sinatra. I take singing lessons to improve my technique and learn some new ballads. I sing with a group called Stillano. My favourite films include It’s A Wonderful Life and Spartacus and my favourite actors are Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger. My most admired statesmen are Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. My favourite sportsman is Mohammed Ali. My favourite cities to visit are New York, Moscow and Kingston Jamaica. My worst experience was going ocean fishing in the Atlantic after a full breakfast.

You can learn more about how John became a member of the House of Lords in this article from Ebony.

Key Achievements                                                                                                                                 


  • 1976 – BA (Hons) Law Degree
  • 1978 – Gray’s Inn Advocacy Award winner
  • 1978 – Called to the Bar, Barrister-at-Law
  • 1997 – Appointed by Lord Chancellor as Judge
  • 1999 – Honorary Doctorate in Law, LLD, Warwick University


  • Non-executive Director, Mottram Holdings plc
  • Consultant, Kleinwort Benson Bank
  • Chancellor, Bournemouth University
  • Chairman, Warwick Communications Ltd
  • Vice President, National Small Business Bureau
  • Vice President, British Board of Film Classification


  • Keynote Speaker, National MBA Business Conference, Detroit, USA
  • Keynote Speaker, 50th Human Rights Conference, Moscow, Russia
  • International Corporate Social Responsibility Conference, United Nations, New York


  • TV and Radio Presenter, Crime Stalker (Carlton TV), Talk About (BBC1), The John Taylor Programme (BBC Radio2), Powerhouse (Channel 4)


  • 1986-90 – Solihull Borough Councillor
  • 1990-91 – Special Adviser to the Home Secretary and Ministers of State
  • 1992 – Parliamentary Candidate for Cheltenham
  • 1996 – Life Peerage
  • 1997 – Introduced and carried through the Criminal Evidence Amendment Act 1997
  • 2007 – All Party Parliamentary Information Select Committee


  • 1992-4 Non Executive Director, North West Thames Regional Health Authority
  • Former Warwickshire Colts County Cricketer
  • England International Parliamentary Soccer XI
  • Former Aston Villa FC Youth Team
  • Committee member, Royal Television Society
  • Committee member, Variety Club Children’s Charity
  • Committee member, Radio Academy
  • Patron, Parents for Children Charity
  • Patron, Kidscape
  • Committee member, SCAR (Sickle Cell Anaemia Relief)
  • President, African Caribbean Westminster Business Initiative
  • President, West Indian Senior Citizens’ Association
  • President, Ilford Town Football Club
  • Director, The Warwick Leadership Foundation
  • Patron, Aston Villa Football Club

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