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Former Cornwall MP Matthew Taylor becomes Lord

Matthew Taylor
Image caption Matthew Taylor became the youngest MP in Westminster in 1987

A former Cornwall MP is to become a member of the House of Lords after being given a peerage in the Dissolution Honours List.

Matthew Taylor, 47, was the Liberal Democrat MP for Truro and St Austell for more than 20 years.

He became the youngest MP in Westminster in 1987 when he won the seat at the age of 24 following the death of predecessor David Penhaligon.

He stepped down at the election to spend more time with his young family.

During his time in the Commons, Mr Taylor served as the Lib Dems' chairman, and had also been the party's spokesman on energy, education, treasury and environment.

Dissolution Honours Lists are made with the approval of the Queen at the end of every Parliament, and provide outgoing prime ministers with an opportunity to reward colleagues.

They also allow the new prime minister to appoint working peers.

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