Biography

European Parliament

Keith Taylor is the Green MEP for the South East of England.

In his role as an MEP, Keith sits on the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism, and the Committee on Development. He also sits on the Committee on Petitions which gives EU citizens the opportunity to challenge the EU on how laws are being implemented in EU member states.

Keith is a member of the European Parliament’s delegation to the Palestinian Legislative Council which works to forge greater links between MEPs and parliamentarians in Palestine.

Keith is also Vice President of the UK’s Local Government Association Group in the European Parliament and a member of the parliament’s Intergroups on LGBT Rights and animal welfare.

Political background

Keith was a Green Party councillor for St Peter’s & North Laine ward in Brighton and Hove for 11 years, having been first elected in 1999. He served as leader of Brighton & Hove council’s Green group from 2001, and on the council’s planning committee for two years. In the 2005 general election, Keith stood in Brighton Pavilion where he got 22% share of the vote – a then-record for the party.

In his role as a councillor, Keith worked on a huge range of campaigns and case work. He was instrumental in the successful campaign to secure the release of Brighton resident Omar Degayes from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. He was a representative for Brighton and Hove on the UN Peace Messenger City project and the city’s representative to the Local Government Association. Keith also helped to secure a High Court victory for families with severely autistic children – overturning a council decision in the process.

Keith was a Principal Speaker for the Green Party of England & Wales between 2004 and 2006, before the party adopted a single leader structure. He has been a Green spokesperson on planning and regeneration, led the development of the party’s manifesto, and has a history of outstanding performance in local and European Parliament elections.

Keith worked for Green Party leader Dr Caroline Lucas MEP for five years as her Regional Liaison Officer, gaining a thorough knowledge of the South East region and developing regional economic policy. As the Green Party’s next candidate on its 2009 European list for the South East region, Keith took Caroline Lucas’s place in the European Parliament, following her election to the House of Commons as the UK’s first Green MP in 2010.

Keith’s family still live in Brighton, and he is now the proud grandfather of three. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, music and the arts and meeting up with family and friends, particularly over a pint of locally brewed beer.