The name Teddy Taylor will long be remembered here in the Southside of Glasgow, having represented this constituency for 15 years, from 1964 - 1979, when it was known as Cathcart. Many times during my first run for Parliament in 2015, I felt as though I was running against him, such is his profile.
Many will remember a man staunch in politics, but above all a love for serving his constituents. He had that gift of being able to secure the respect and votes of those who opposed his politics, because he always put his constituency first and foremost. There must have been hardly a household that hadn't heard from or had assistance from Teddy during his time as the MP for Cathcart.
I was lucky enough to meet Sir Teddy shortly after being elected, after he wrote to me following my mention of him in my maiden speech in July 2015.
He shared with me many tips that he learnt over his 35 years as a member of Parliament, but the one message he drummed in to me was to always put my constituents first. Though we share two different political philosophies, it is his work ethic that I hope to emulate whilst serving his old stomping ground.
My condolences to his wife, Sheila and his children.