Remembering James Couchman: A Dedicated British Politician
James Randall Couchman, a stalwart figure in British politics and a dedicated Conservative politician, passed away in November 2023 at the age of 81.
Early Life and Education
Born on February 11, 1942, James Couchman received his education at Cranleigh School and the University of Newcastle. His academic background laid the foundation for a career that would see him deeply involved in both local and national politics.
Couchman’s political journey began as a councillor for the London Borough of Bexley, where he served diligently from 1974 to 1982.
His commitment to public service extended further as he took on the role of a county councillor in Oxfordshire, a position he held until his retirement in 2013.
The pinnacle of Couchman’s political career was his tenure as the Member of Parliament for Gillingham, representing the Conservative Party from 1983 to 1997.
Couchman’s public profile extended beyond his political roles, as he participated in a documentary for Channel 4’s Cutting Edge.
The documentary, titled “Last Year’s Tories,” provided viewers with insights into the lives of ten Conservative MPs, including Couchman, who were unseated in the 1997 election.