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Winifred Ann Taylor, Baroness Taylor of Bolton, PC (born 2 July 1947) is a British politician and currently Minister of State for International Defence and Security at the Ministry of Defence.

Member of Parliament for Bolton West between 1974 and 1983, then Dewsbury between 1987 and 2005. She contested Bolton North East in 1983, but lost to the Conservatives.

Ann Taylor was a government whip in the Callaghan Government from 1977, and returned to Government following the 1997 election, first as Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Council from 1997 to 1998, then became Chief Whip until 2001 when she was sacked from the government. From 2001 she was Chairman of the influential Intelligence and Security Committee. Her appointment was criticised by opposition Liberal Democrats.

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