Michael Taylor (journalist)

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Born (1966-07-09) July 9, 1966 (age 57)
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
  • Journalist
  • Author
EmployerManchester Metropolitan University
Political partyLabour Party

Michael Taylor (born 9th of July, 1966) is a British journalist, former election candidate, and author. Since 2006 he has ran a blog titled The Marple Leaf named after his town of residence, Marple[1].


Journalism and writing

In 2000, he became editorial director at Insider magazine and penned a column featuring satirical character "Roger Cashman" who Taylor used to tell uncompromising truths about the business world. In 2007, he was named Business Journalist of the Year by the annual Yorkshire Bank Northern Journalist of the Year Awards[2]. After leaving Insider in 2012, Taylor wrote a comic thriller novel titled "40 by 40" in which a similar character "Roger Cashmore" attempts, in the midst of the 2008 financial crisis, to earn a fortune of £40m by the time he turns 40 years old[3]. The book was published in 2015 by TH media[4].


In the 2015 United Kingdom general election, he was the Labour Party candidate for Hazel Grove[5]. He failed to win the seat, but received more votes than any Labour Party candidate in the constituency up to that point. He opposed the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn[6] and would not return to electoral politics until 2019, where he stood as one of Change UK's candidates in the 2019 European Parliamentary election for the North West of England[7].


Since 2016, he has worked at Manchester Metropolitan University as Head of Regional Affairs and co-convenor of MetroPolis think tank[8][9].

Personal life

Taylor is married and is the father of 3 children and step-father of 2. He is a Catholic.[10]


  1. "The Marple Leaf".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. "Northern media talent recognised at annual awards".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "Former Labour candidate sends up banking crisis with comic thriller set in Cheshire's Golden Triangle". Manchester Evening News.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "First novel by former business journalist promises the "inside tale" of 2008 crash". Prolific North.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "Hazel Grove parliamentary constituency". BBC.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. Taylor, Michael. "The problem with the Labour Party".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. "Change UK candidates for the 2019 EU election: the full list of prospective MEPs standing today". iNews.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "Former journalist to advise Lord Mandelson in new Manchester Metropolitan University role". Prolific North.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. "Manchester Metropolitan University Portfolio".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. Taylor, Michael. "Why I'm still a Catholic".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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