|Address||31 Alexandra Parade Weston-super-Mare|
Somerset, BS23 1QZ, United Kingdom
|| August 24, 1938
|Last Modifed||User 215|
Apr 25, 2005 09:05am
|Info|| Brian Cotter has been the Member of Parliament for Weston-super-Mare since 1997 and the Small Business Spokesman for the Liberal Democrats. |
Born on 24th August 1938, Brian lived in outer London for most of his childhood, although his father was born and brought up in Weston-super-Mare.
Brian was educated at Downside School, Somerset, and as well as the usual subjects he also studied Politics and Economics.
At just sixteen Brian ran a 4½ minute mile, the same year that Roger Bannister ran the four minute mile!
Brian spent two years in the Army on National Service, spending time stationed in Germany. After his service he ran a small business in the distribution trade and was the Managing Director of a small plastics manufacturing company for a number of years.
Brian joined the Liberal Party in 1983 and has been an active member of the Liberals and then the Liberal Democrats ever since. In 1986 Brian was elected to Woking Borough Council, where he was Chair of the Youth Committee. In the 1992 General Election Brian contested the Weston-super-Mare seat for the Liberal Democrats and significantly reduced the Conservative majority.
In 1997 Brian was successfully elected Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Weston-super-Mare, winning the seat from the Conservatives who had held it since 1924. In 2001 Brian was successfully re-elected as the MP for Weston-super-Mare.
As well as being the Liberal Democrat Small Business Spokesman, Brian is also an active member of several All Party Parliamentary Groups:
China (Vice Chair)
Small Business (Vice Chair)
Retail and the Manufacturing Industry (Member)
Drugs Misuse (Member)
Learning Difficulties (Member)
Brian works on a variety of issues concerning health care, disabled people, small businesses, education, local pharmacies, and post offices. He has actively campaigned for the reform of local government funding, i,e, replacing Council Tax with a local Income Tax.
Brian is a patron of local charities Somewhere To Go (providing support for the vulnerable members of society to prevent homeless), and the local Branch of the National Osteoporosis Society.
Brian was against the UK participating in the Iraq war, and marched in London with hundreds of thousands of protestors before the war started. Brian continues to lobby the Government over Iraq.
Brian is a patron of SURF (Survivors Fund) a charity aiding the survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and in June 2004 joined with the founder of Live Aid Sir Bob Geldof to lobby the Government to increase its aid to Africa.
Brian is a patron of Mankind, a family support group for men.
Brian is a member of Amnesty International, the Green Liberal Democrats and ALDC (Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors).
Brian is married to Eyleen, an Occupational Therapist, and they live in Congresbury within the constituency. They have three adult children and eight grandchildren.