brian taylor scotland expertBrian Taylor is a former political editor for BBC Scotland and columnist for the Scottish broadsheet newspaper The Herald.

Brian covered politics on television beginning with the 1979 United Kingdom general election. He joined the BBC in 1985, co-presenting the BBC Scotland political programme Left, Right and Centre and presenting Good Morning Scotland. Following this, he was appointed political correspondent and then political editor in 1991. In 2009, he presented Holyrood and the Search for Scotland’s Soul, a documentary by BBC Scotland Investigates to mark the 10th anniversary of the devolved Scottish Parliament.

On 10 September 2020, it was announced that he would retire at the end of October. In February 2021 it was announced that Taylor had joined The Herald as a columnist.

Taylor has written two books on Scotland’s new Parliament: The Scottish Parliament (Polygon, Edinburgh University Press, 1999), an account of the road to devolution and its consequences; and Scotland’s Parliament: Triumph and Disaster (Edinburgh University Press, November 2002), analysing the early years of the new Parliament.

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