Ian Taylor was born in 1945. He was educated at Whitley Abbey School in Coventry, Keele University (BA Hons. in Economics, Politics & Modern History) and the London School of Economics (Research Scholar).
Ian is married to Carole and they have two sons, Arthur and Ralph.
In 1969 Ian joined Hill Samuel & Co (Merchant Bankers) moving on to Stirling & Co (stockbrokers) in 1971 where he created and managed the European Department.  From 1975-78 he was a corporate finance advisor in Paris. On his return to London, he merged his business with Mathercourt Securities Limited (FIMBRA), providing corporate finance and management advice to developing companies in the UK and USA.   After 1987, until becoming a Minister in 1994, Ian was an advisor to Commercial Union plc., and Barclays de Zoete Wedd Investment Management. He is an Associate of the UK Society of Investment Professionals and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.
Since the 1997 General Election, Ian has been involved in providing development capital and management assistance to UK technology companies.  He is Executive Director of Interregnum plc. ( a merchant bank serving technology companies.  His portfolio of business interests includes directorships of Next Fifteen Group plc. (, Petards Group plc. ( (Deputy Chairman), Radioscape Limited ( (Chairman) and Speed-Trap Limited (
Pamphlets written by Ian include,  'Fair Shares for all the Workers' (Adam Smith Inst, November 1988); 'A Community of Employee Shareholders', (Bow Group, March 1992); 'Releasing the Community Spirit' (Tory Reform Group, September 1990); 'The Positive Europe' (Conservative Group for Europe, May 1993);  'Escaping the Protectionist Trap' (Social Market Foundation/DTI,February 1995);   'Networking' (CPC, May 1996); &  'The Conservative Tradition in Europe'  - contributor - (Mainstream, October 1998), 'Restoring the Balance' (Tory Reform Group, October 2000). 'Full Steam Ahead: The Great National debate about Britain and Europe' (Britain in Europe, July 2001), Europe: Our Case (Tory Europe Network, 2002) and Shaping the new Europe The British Opportunity. (EUW: Alison Tennant Lecture, 2002), 'Twin Towers: Europe and America' (Tory Europe Network, 2003), Corporate Social Responsibility - Should Business be Socially Aware? (Tory Reform Group, 2003)
Ian's hobbies and interests include the opera, shooting and cigars.
Political Biography
Ian was Member of Parliament for Esher 1987-1997; and for Esher and Walton from May 1997. He was Minister for Science and Technology at the Department of Trade and Industry (1994-97).
Previous Parliamentary appointments have included: Parliamentary Private Secretary to The Rt. Hon. William Waldegrave MP at the Foreign Office (1988-1990), the Department of Health (1990-1992) and as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1992-1994), former member of the Finance Bill Committees (1987-1994), member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee (1987-1990), member of the Science and Technology Select Committee (1998-2001) and Shadow Front Bench Spokesman on Northern Ireland (1997).
In the House of Commons, he is a Board Member of the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology, Director of EURIM (European Information Society Group), Vice Chairman of PITCOM (Parliamentary Information and Technology Committee), an officer of the Parliamentary Space Committee and an adviser to the Broadband Stakeholders Group.He was also Hon Secretary of the Parliamentary Group for Engineering Development 1997-2001.
Other appointments have included, National Chairman of the Federation of Conservative Students (1968-1969), Chairman of the European Union of Christian Democrat and Conservative Students (1969-1970), Chairman Conservative Group for Europe (1984-1987), and Vice-President (1998-), Chairman of the Conservative Foreign & Commonwealth Committee (1988-1993), and Patron of the Tory Reform Group (1999-).  Chairman of the European Movement (2001 - 2004).
Ian is currently Chairman Tory Europe Network ( , on the Council of Britain in Europe ( and the German-British Forum.


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