As an aside, Next Left is going to keep an eye on whether media outlets can avoid repeating the mythical claim that Taylor lost "a safe Tory seat" because he was a black candidate when defeated in Cheltenham in the General Election in 1992.
Controversy over Taylor's selection as Tory candidate certainly reflected racism in the local Conservative constituency association - but there is little or no evidence for the claim that the candidate's race proved decisive in the General Election itself, where Taylor secured 28,683 votes for the Conservatives but lost the seat to the Liberal Democrats on a 5.2% swing.
So Cheltenham was certainly not a "safe seat", being the LibDems' 12th target from the Conservatives, and one where their previous candidate Richard Holme had even told the BBC he was confident he had taken the seat on election night in 1987.
In 1992, the LibDems took Bath on a 5% swing during the same election and won tougher south-west target seats in Devon North and Cornwall North. The anti-Tory swing to Labour in neighbouring Gloucester (5.3%) was slightly larger than the Tory-LibDem swing in Cheltenham.
However, the myth that race was the decisive factor in Cheltenham proved a potent one, being constantly referred to in media accounts. And this helped to reinforce the reluctance of party selectorates to select black candidates due to a form of "imputed racism", as the leading British academic expert on race and electoral politics Shamit Saggar told the BBC in 2001,
That is to say, selectors who are mainly white, are taking the view that whilst they are not racist, and do not discriminate against black and Asian candidates, their fear is - entirely unfounded by the way - that voters will discriminate on that basis, and for those reasons, selectors play safe and shy away from adopting black and Asian candidates, particularly in marginal seats.
Though similar fears proved unfounded in Gloucester in 2001, similar confusion was evident in discussion of the Chippenham result in 2010, despite there being absolutely nothing at all unusual in the result if it is compared to similar LibDem-Tory marginals.
The myth of the loss of the "safe seat" of Cheltenham remains strong. (When writing about the Chippenham result, Next Left dug up the following small and far from comprehensive recent selection in 2 minutes on Google: BBC, 2001, Sunday Times, 2004, New Statesman, 2007, Daily Mail, 2009, Observer interview with Emmanuel-Jones, 2009, Sunday Times, 2009).
I am sorry to see Lord Taylor back in the news in unfortunate circumstances, but perhaps it could also provide an opportunity to lay the myth of Cheltenham 1992 to rest.