Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2021

Lord Taylor of Warwick’s speech in the House of Lords on 28th April 2021. My Lords, a womb is not a tomb. In 1996 I presented the Bill which created the UK’s first DNA database. From the moment of conception, life begins, with unique DNA which no other human soul in the world has. Abortion, in the dictionary, means abandonment, …

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Trade Bill

Lord Taylor of Warwick’s speech in the House of Lords, 8th September 2020 My Lords, I welcome the Minister; I am sure he will continue to bring much experience and expertise to his role. I also welcome the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Blackburn and thank him for his excellent maiden speech. For Britain, trade must never fade. For …

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Treaty Scrutiny: Working Practices (EUC Report)

Lord Taylor of Warwick’s speech in the House of Lords, 7th September 2020 My Lords, I thank the committees and their chairs for their hard work, expertise and excellent reports. In my view, it is only right that any trade deal or agreement has to result from proper vetting, not just voting. Scrutiny does not mean mutiny. The Government do …

Abortion (Northern Ireland) (No. 2) Regulations 2020

Lord Taylor of Warwick’s speech in the House of Lords, 15th June 2020 My Lords, in 1996, I presented the Bill that enabled the UK’s first DNA database. At the moment of conception, life starts with unique DNA that no one else in the world has. Abortion is a distortion of that right to life. I oppose these regulations, and …

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Windrush Compensation Scheme

Lord Taylor of Warwick’s speech in the House of Lords, 6th May 2020 My Lords, there is only one race: the human race. When I was a parliamentary candidate in Cheltenham in 1992, I was accused by an angry woman of bringing racism to the town. I replied, “Madam, before I came to Cheltenham, you had no black people here.” …

Windrush Compensation Scheme (Expenditure) Bill

Lord Taylor of Warwick’s speech in the House of Lords, 21st April 2020 My Lords, I thank the Minister for presenting this important Bill to the House. My Jamaican father fought for Britain as a sergeant in the Eighth Army in the Second World War, yet when he came to England on the “Empire Windrush”, he was shocked to see …

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Algorithms: Public Sector Decision-making

Lord Taylor of Warwick’s speech in the House of Lords, 12th February 2020 My Lords, I also thank the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, for securing this timely and important debate. It is over only the last 20 years that we have seen the meteoric growth of artificial intelligence. When I was discussing this with a friend of mine, his response …

International Women’s Day

Lord Taylor of Warwick’s speech in the House of Lords, 7th March 2019 My Lords, I too thank the Minister for bringing this important debate before us and for her opening remarks. It was Rosa Parks who said that, “knowing what must be done does away with fear”, and her quiet determination not to give up her seat on a …